The North Face Borealis Backpack
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The North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 756.
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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
Gender: Mens
Features: Laptop Compatible, Tablet Compatible, Water Bottle Pockets, Ventilated Back Panel, Organizer Panel
Best Use: Work and School, Day Hiking
Weight: 44.45 oz
Dimensions: 19.75 x 13.5 x 8.5 in.
Pack Capacity: 28 liters / 1709 cubic inches
Fabric Details: 210D Cordura nylon mini-ripstop
Frame Type: Frameless
Pack Access: Panel
Dimensions (Medium): 19.75 x 13.5 x 8.5 in.
Pack Capacity (Medium): 28 liters / 1709 cubic inches
Pack Fabric: Ripstop Nylon / Nylon Cordura
Pack Pockets (+ main compartment): 4
Suspension / Stays: Foam Panel
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Holds Laptop Size: 15 inch
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit for a freshman! We bought this backpack for my son to use for school. It fits all of his books and his computer. He keeps his computer in a padded case that prevents him from storing it in the actual computer pocket, but there is certainly room for it. It had a ton of pockets as well, this makes organization of calculator, pens, cords, and other necessities easy. Great backpack!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 8 years going strong I've had an older version of this pack for over eight years. It's been in daily use from elementary school to college for school, travel, and hiking, and has helped me through an unrelated back injury. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants their bag to last for a decade of heavy abuse.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I´m impressed with product's quality This is a great product, I bougth it for a trip to Costa Rica and performed excelent, after that I've been used it for about 1.5 years (without noticeable wearing) to carry my laptop and office/field staff in tough environments; it is very comfortable and roomy, I'd just add more pockets, but is excelent for me.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would but this product again Lots of space, great quality, It has a nice design , it will defiantly last a long time .
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of space and comfy! I purchased this backpack for university and I also use it on hiking/camping trips. I really like the comfort it provides for my back when carrying so much weight. There is lots of space in this backpack and the laptop compartment is great. The sides for waterbottles are also wonderful, I can fit two 40oz waterbottles and still have room in the main compartment. Great purchase, great quality, great price.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Student Backpack I bought this backpack for my son. I really like the built in laptop and tablet pockets. Mountain Steals had the best prices on the North Face Backpacks.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great purchase worth the money I love this backpack. I have had it for about 1.5 years now and I take it almost everywhere. It is perfect to take on family trips or vacations, to conventions, to camp, and to school. the bag is fairly roomy how every it would be nice if it where a little bigger because during the school year I have to squish my 1inch binders to go back into the bag. the tablet sleeve in the middle pocket fits my surface pro 4 perfectly. however be warned that if the bag is over filled in the main pocket has to many books or binders the tablet pocket can be strained causing the tablet screen to crack. After the bag was broken in a little it was very comfortable. lastly I love that the bag is waterproof so I don't have to worry about by computer getting ruined when it is raining or snowing however if something is pressed against eh zipper when its raining it does get a little damp.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Buyer beware!, I purchased this same product TWICE, yes twice for my son for school. The first one lasted 6 months when the mesh side pocket he keeps his water bottle developed a hole. The second one lasted 5 months when the same thing happened!! Just a basic Camelbak water bottle was kept in there, nothing more. I have received terrible treatment from warranty. Telling me it's considered "regular wear and tear". To me that's an out for them to not stand behind their product. And for silly Mom's like myself to make the same mistake twice by repurchasing means more money for TNF! Simply put, TNF is not making the quality products they did even 5 years ago and the problem is you once had that awesome "life time warranty" that made customers like myself want to come back. Now, after a decade plus....I'm officially done :( My local store staff were always pleasant and provided such excellent customer service it has been a pleasure to shop there but, the treatment from Warranty is a deal breaker, sorry!
Date published: 2017-07-11
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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

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
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The North Face Men's Packs

SIZE One Size Small / Medium Large / X-Large
Torso Size (Adjustable) N/A" 15 - 20" 17 - 22"
Torso Size (Fixed) 17 - 20" 16 - 19" 18 - 21"
Hipbelt Size 28 - 40" 28 - 34" 35 - 42"

1. Put your chin to your chest and feel for the big bone protruding on your neck at the top of your spine. That's the C7 vertebra.

2. Feel your hip bone, the top part of this is your iliac crest. Find the spot on your back that is level with the top of this crest.

3. Have someone measure the distance between these two points, following the contours of your spine.

1. Measure around your body where the hipbelt will rest while you hike. This should be just above your iliac crest.

The size info above is for The North Face technical and backpacking packs. Day packs and work / school packs are offered in One Size, and feature adjustable straps to fit an array of sizes.

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