The North Face Borealis is one of the coolest looking North Face packs around. In addition to a neat design, the Borealis features a large main compartment with a laptop sleeve, organization, and a hydration port. A secondary compartment also includes organization, so this is perfect for those who like to stay extra-organized and have that extra bit of space to store their items. Mesh side water bottle pockets are also included on this 29-liter capacity North Face pack, to store your precious water. FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps and an Airmesh back panel make sure comfort won't be evading you while you wear this cool lookin' pack. Comfort and looks, what a perfect combination.
DECENT FEATURES of The North Face Borealis
FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps with additional PE foam for added comfort
Comfortable, padded air-mesh back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support
Integrated reflective light loop
Winged, stowable hipbelt
Large main compartment with variable-sized laptop sleeve, organization and hydration port
Secondary compartment with organization
Front stash pocket
Mesh side water bottle pockets
Removable sternum strap
Women-specific version of this daypack
The SPECS of The North Face Borealis
Average Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz / 1166 g
Volume: 1770 cubic inches / 29 liter
Laptop Sleeve: 13.5 x 10.5 x 1.75" / 34.5 x 26.5 x 4.5 cm
I purchased this backpack mainly for college, as I use others for camping/hiking. I was tired of buying cheap backpacks that couldn't bear weight of multiple textbooks.Haven't had a single issue with this product. Great zippers that last, organization in the front pocket is great and better than most "school" bags I have owned. Enough room for multiple books/laptop/tablet.Highly recommend. The waist buckles are also great because I commute via bike to work/school, my weight doesn't shift nearly as much when the waist buckles aren't present.
"Overall not bad, but the North Face SURGE II is a bit better pack for serious day hiking trips"
Overall, not a bad pack, but we ended up with the North Face ION-20 for the quick day trips of skiing in Utah, hiking in Germany, and hanging out around Michigan for light-packing on day trips. If I were to do it over, the North Face SURGE II is a better all around pack with more gear storage, better pocket options, and can hold more than the ION-20. I would also say that the BOREALIS is a good in between, but I will probably end up with an extra pack and have to get the SURGE II, since the ION-20 came up too light to be an "all around" pack.
"Cart Your Stuff Just About Anywhere (In style, even!)"
This started as a computer/book hauler. It is primo in this category - It is STURDY & has a well-padded laptop sleeve that adjusts in size (nice feature) and TWO big storage compartments. So, there's room for a dread, 23-ib. calculus book, and math cooties won't contaminate your reading! The outer mesh pockets for drinks are awesome - no slimy, dirty goo gets stuck in the corners, and when water bottles sweat, the drips fall out/evaporate, instead of soaking your big paper for Am. Lit. The shoulder straps & back are blissfully padded for sherpa wannbes. You can use the hydration port to run your earbuds through. For hiking, the pack is equally amaze-mo! It's got room for more stuff than you SHOULD take with you, a hip strap, chest strap, and I use the laptop sleeve for a hydration pack - BEAUTY! The bungee cord on front is perfect for a 1st aid kit. The reflective spots & whistle mean you'll be seen & heard. And so, it's the perfect pack! :-)
I've had this pack for a while now and my experience with it has been fantastic! It's perfect for a compact three day journey or just a day hike. Comfortable fit and able to hold a good sized load for the size of the backpack, all of the zippers secure tightly to prevent water from getting in. I would highly recommend this backpack to anyone.
I purchased a MUCH older version of this backpack...in 2000...When I first purchased it, I only used it for college. So it was used for four years of carrying around heavy books during the week and on the weekends I used it for travel. Since college, it has become my go-to daypack and airplane carry-on. I've never had to replace anything on it and honestly it's still going strong. There is only a slightly worn spot in the fabric at the very top but it doesn't affect the function of the backpack at all. This thing has seriously taken a beating and has plenty of life left in it. I highly recommend this backpack, and hope they still make them as tough as they did 13 years ago.
This pack is well-built and very comfortable to wear. The hip straps are very useful when hiking. The pack has just enough compartments, and several specialized pouches which can be useful. The only limitation with this pack is the fairly small size, so consider how much room you're going to need before buying
After researching for many different backpack styles and brands, i settled back on the North Face Borealis. The last time i purchased this product was over 10 years ago and when i was ready to replace it, it was obvious that i just needed to buy the newer model. It's a bit more compact than my original, but the features are great. there is padding at the bottom of the laptop holder to protect it and a water resistant hole at the top of the bag for a camelbak! I love the look, feel but most of all it's functionality. The only downside is that it barely fits my 15" laptop.