The North Face Borealis Backpack
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The North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 2447.
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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.

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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 Amazing Bag! I bought this bag for an everyday commuter when riding my bike to work. It is super comfortable and holds my laptop and million other items I pack. I continue to use on a daily basis even when not riding my bike. Have used it for day hikes also. Plenty of room and strap options to hang items on the outside. Love the color. Padding and breathabilty is excellent. Loved it so much bought a second one at a higher price just to get it for a gift.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great backpack I love the color of this backpack, the green looks just like the picture. It is very sturdy and holds a ton of stuff without being too bulky.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag for carying alot! I use this bag for school primarily, or on weekend trips. I am a law student and carry many heavy books on a daily basis along with a laptop. This bag is great for that! The back is very well supported and padded- similar to the backpack I use for rustic camping. If you're not used to a structured and well supported back, with the padding and venting, I can see where this would be weird at first but it really is better for your back in the long run and helps to better distribute the weight you are carrying. I also like the design of the shoulder straps and pads of this bag. They curve inward and I find that they fit my shoulders better. I find that on gender-neutral bags the straps are sometimes wider set, which results in the straps sliding off of one shoulder or the other. I have not found that to be the case with this bag. I chose the heathered grey an magenta bag and while the grey is spot on to the picture, the magenta is a little darker and not a "pink" as the picture on the website. It's still a pretty color and looks great so I wasn't bothered, but if someone was very set on getting a brighter magenta, you might want to see if there is a store by you to view the colors first. Overall, it's a great bag and I find that my shoulders and back are not as sore at the end of a long week compared to your regualr school bag without the structured support of this bag.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's great! I bought this a while back and I immediately fell in love with the design! I wanted to use it for my trip to Seattle, but it came later than expected so I decided to return it because I didn't have a use for it anymore. Thankfully, moose jaw graciously accepted my return and I was able to go about my day.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maybe buy again The straps wore out very fast as well as the water bottle side pouches so bad quality all in all.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overall backpack I love this backpack! It has plenty of storage space, is well made and looks nice, but my favorite thing about it is how it feels when you have it on your back. Even fully packed, it distributes the weight of your belongings very evenly. This was very important to me because I have back problems. I'm a 30 year old female, and bought the men's version instead of the womens, to make sure it had nice big straps with lots of support. But now my husband and my son keep taking it to use, I might have to buy them each one as well!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great except for breaking suspended straps!! I got this backpack in the middle of the '16-'17 school year after my old backpack broke. I ordered this one and it was great for a while but around October the straps began to slowly rip. Granted I do carry a heavy load each day but not so heavy that this backpack should have worn out so quickly. Now, one of the straps is hanging by three threads and I am hoping it can survive the rest of the year! Besides the straps, the rest of the backpack is in pretty much perfect condition aside from several tears in the side pouches. Because of the overall quality, I will most likely repurchase a North Face backpack for next year, but this time without the suspended straps!!
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Quality I wish I could give this review a 0/5. Previously I had a North Face Borealis backpack for 7 years. The padding wore down but after 7 years it was justifiable to buy a new one. Last year I bought a new one an 3 months in I had to sent it in because the strap had broke off. After I sent it in I thought it was fixed or so I thought. So now a year after not only is the strap ripping that I sent in to get fixed but the stitching of the backpack is coming undone and the backpack is starting to tear apart. I did not pay this much money to have my backpack fall apart so many times. I tried to talk to customer service about replacing the backpack and they made it clear that I had to send it in and they would decide if it should be replaced or simply fixed. Clearly it should not be just fixed if this is the second time in two years. Also about myself I am a college student that uses this backpack for school and work. Most days I go straight from class to work. That being said as a college student working a low paying job I bought this backpack to last not to send in every few months.
Date published: 2018-05-11
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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: 2017-11-28
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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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