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The North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack is rated 4.666666666666667 out of 5 by 15.
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Product Description Item No.   10277218

The North Face Borealis Backpack is a laptop backpack for dragging your gear to and from school. The Borealis has been a stable force in the school bag line for TNF for quite awhile, so when it came to changes, they worked long and hard in the implementation. First and foremost, the backbone was given a boost with the FlexVent™ suspension, injection-molded shoulder straps, and a padded backpanel with spine channel. It aids in comfort whenever you have to get up and carry a heavy load on your back. The padded and fleece lined laptop compartment (in main section) protects from bumps and there is even the same treatment available for your tablet in the front compartment. A small front zip pocket has also been fleece-lined for your phone, just make sure you put it on silent or it'll be captured down in the front office for awhile. For you classic lovers of this pack, no worries, the bungee cord is still there, strapping down rain jacket or hoodie when not in use.

FEATURES of the The North Face Borealis Backpack

  • The FlexVent™ suspension systemboasts custom injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded mesh back panel with a spine channel for maximum support andventilation
  • Padded, fleece-lined laptop sleeve in main compartment protects laptop from bumps and falls
  • Padded,fleece-lined tablet sleeve located in the front compartment for quick access
  • Front elastic bungee for external storage
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets

- + Product Specifications
Dimensions (Medium): 19.75 x 13.5 x 8.5 in.
Weight: 44.45 oz
Fabric Details: 210D Cordura nylon mini-ripstop
Pack Capacity (Medium): 28 liters / 1709 cubic inches
Dimensions: 19.75 x 13.5 x 8.5 in.
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Pack Pockets (+ main compartment): 4
Pack Fabric: Ripstop Nylon / Nylon Cordura
Suspension / Stays: Foam Panel
Gender: Mens
Features: Laptop Compatible, Organizer Panel, Ventilated Back Panel, Water Bottle Pockets, Tablet Compatible
Best Use: Day Hiking, Work and School
Pack Capacity: 28 liters / 1709 cubic inches
Holds Laptop Size: 13 inch
Frame Type: Frameless
Pack Access: Panel
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I use this pack primarily for school and I love it. The materials are very sturdy and the design is well thought. The main compartment can hold my four folders, four notebooks, 15'' laptop and my 1200 page organic chemistry textbook with room leftover to put a sweatshirt. I wouldn't plan on putting more than this in it, as it is not very thick. The front compartment has these little elastic loops that are great to hold pairs of headphones without them getting tangled. There is also room in the front for odds and ends like calculators, pens, phones, etc. The shoulder straps and padding are an absolute dream. They make the pack seem very light even if it's fully loaded. Overall it's a great pack and I plan on getting many good years of use out it.
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All around great Backpack I bought this backpack at the beginning of the semester and could not be happier with it. It has plenty of space and is very comfortable carrying it around with a heavy load. Would definitely recommend especially at the discount price.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great backpack! This is a great bag! High quality... spacious... & comfortable to wear. I've had good luck with the Northface brand. I would definitely recommend this backpack!
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Gift for husband! I bought this for my husband who's been wanting a North Face backpack for years. He loves it! He travels a lot by air, and carries all of his carry-on items (laptop, iPad, etc.) in a backpack. The Borealis fits his 15" laptop perfectly and has a pocket in front for his iPad. Lots of other pockets for organizing other items (pens, phone, business cards). It was just hard picking the color!
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but could be better... I bought this item a couple weeks ago and it's a fairly good backpack. It looks nice, and is fairly comfortable but it's pretty heavy and it can't hold a lot, I can hardly fit all my school supplies in it. I haven't used it for hiking yet, but I assume I'd likely run into the same problem of not being able to hold a lot of stuff...
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repeat buyer!! This "new" version of The North Face Borealis pack lives up to expectations. This is the third Borealis backpack I have purchased over the past 6 years (for different color and use purposes as well as a gift), and this version is visably different, but the outstanding back support, computer protection and nice design remain.
Date published: 2016-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not great. I bought this a few weeks ago and use it to carry some items to/from school. The laptop compartment is VERY snug and the tablet compartment will not fit an iPad with a cover. In concept it seems good but seems like TNF did not actually test out sizes once made. Seems like it will hold up but too early to know.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome backpak I purchased this backpack for a company trip and it was AWESOME.It had plenty of compartments for my stuff and held up pretty well past TSA security and a lot of throwing around I LOVE THIS BACKPACK .Next stop Costa Rica ,then Ireland.
Date published: 2016-08-01
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The specs say this bag holds a 13 inch laptop, but some of the reviews say it fits a 15 inch. Which is it? I have a 15.6 inch laptop.

Asked by: fmcclure
Hey there, Thanks for the question. The dimensions of the laptop sleeve for this pack are 12” x 13”, so this would unfortunately not fit a 15" laptop.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-07-02

Do the side pockets fit a large Nalgene bottle comfortably? I've only found information on last year's model and people have said they don't really fit.

Asked by: Baker
Hey there, Thanks for reaching out to us! My shipping manager has like 5 of TNF Borealis Backpacks and he says that his Nalgenes fit good in the side water bottle pockets. I hope this helps!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-01-13

what type of nylon is this pack made of?

Asked by: Mike
Hey Mike, This pack is made of Ripstop Nylon Cordura, aka the good stuff. That's what makes this super durable and have that awesome canvas-type look.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2015-08-20
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