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The North Face Surge Backpack

The North Face Surge Backpack is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 257.
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Product Description Item No.   10277348

The North Face Surge Backpack is a school backpack that won't shy away from airplane travel to your second favorite state. Or your least favorite state. FlexVent™ suspension provides you with injection-molded straps and a padded mesh back panel with a spine channel to help with ventilation. Right up against the back panel is a laptop-specific section, padded and fleece-y to protect up to a 15" computer, that lies flat for security checkpoints. A sizable main compartment carries books, binders, and lunch, or just a big pile of gym clothes. The front compartment has a padded, fleece pocket for a tablet and internal organization. Three additional external pockets stash away phone, wallet, and all sorts of goodies you must bring along for the ride.

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FEATURES of the The North Face Surge Backpack

  • The FlexVent™ suspension system boasts custom injection-molded shoulder straps, a padded mesh back panel with a spine channel and a wicking lumbar panel for maximum support and ventilation
  • Dedicated, lie-flat, fleece-lined 15" laptop compartment allows for protected, checkpoint-friendly travel
  • Main compartment for books and binders
  • Padded, fleece-lined tablet sleeve located in the front compartment for quick access
  • Front compartment has internal organization with a fleece-lined media pocket, secure zippered pocket and elastic webbing for cord management
  • 360 degree reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder strap webbing
  • Two water bottle pockets made with Teksever fabric offer ability to conceal contents
  • External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • Two external vertical zip pockets
  • Internal mesh zip pocket
  • Comfortable, padded top and face haul handle
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Removable waist belt

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Gender: Mens
Features: Load-Lifter Straps, Water Bottle Pockets
Best Use: Casual, Backpacking
Weight: 51.5 oz
Dimensions: 19.75 x 13.75 x 8.5 in.
Pack Capacity: 33 liters / 2014 cubic inches
Fabric Details: 500D Cordura Nylon matte ripstop
Pack Access: Top
Pack Fabric: Nylon / Ripstop Nylon
Pack Pockets (+ main compartment): 5
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Holds Laptop Size: 15 inch
Frame Type: Frameless
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I have owned this backpack for 2 1/2 years and I use it 5 days a week. It still looks just a good as it did the day I bought it. No signs of wear and tear. I use it for work and it has plenty of room for everything I need without looking like I am trying to stay overnight somewhere.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sturdy and rugged This is a great bag that carries a whole lot of items. It has a lot of compartments and the materials feels well-cushioned. I can use it for school and going on vacation. The bag is for all situations and occasions.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only one reason I'm not buying again I used my my Surge for about a year before it was unfortunately stolen. I loved it, very durable and excellent internal organization. I could put my huge gaming laptop and by giant calculus textbook in there along with all my school supplies without breaking my back- super comfy and nice suspension. The only flaw in the design is where the compression straps attach, in FRONT of the laptop compartment. When you have a heavy load and cinch it down tight, all that force pulls against the sides of your laptop instead of on the rigid pack panel. Over time, this caused damage to my laptop, messing up the screen and breaking the case. Now I have to deal with a few lines of dead pixels on my nice gaming machine, which is a huge bummer. I'll be replacing my backpack with the Router instead of the Surge for the sole reason that the compression strap attaches BEHIND the laptop compartment.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good not great - minimal protection for larger laptops I had the original Surge from the mid-late 2000s - did a ton of domestic travel and some international - absolutely loved the bag - I'm in IT and the primary use for this is hauling my ungainly 15" Lenovo W540 around and a variety of cables and other tech stuff. Unfortunately after 10-11 years or so, the zipper to the laptop compartment started to tear. I used it for about 6 months until the zipper finally broke at which point I sent it in for repair (lifetime warranty). Sadly, they were unable to repair the bag and sent me the latest version. By far the biggest issue with this bag is the laptop compartment and specifically the sleeve within the compartment for securing a laptop. It says it can hold a 15" laptop but understand that they're referring to a MacBook Pro or some other ultra-svelte, very thin mid-size machine. While I understand that I have a hog of a laptop (it is a bit over an inch thick) it's not even close to fitting in the sleeve which means I have to throw my machine in unrestrained. The issue with that is there is zero padding at the bottom of the bag so the laptop is essentially hitting whatever you set the bag on (the floor, the ground, etc.) For me this is a non-starter for basically everything. Yes you can open the bag flat but unless you have a thin machine, it's not going to fit in that pouch (which does offer great protection). Anyway, something to keep in mind if you have a thick laptop. The second issue I have are the zippers. They feel really cheap on the laptop and front pouch. In my opinion, I feel that they're very undersized for the laptop. Also a downside of the lay flat design is when you open the bag the whole thing wants to flop open (the zippers don't lock in their position, they want to tear open). I don't have enough space to continue my review but the other thing to mention is they removed the dedicated power brick compartment at the bottom which really stinks. Having to fish it out of the main compartment is a drag.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift I bought this as a christmas gift for my son who travels daily. He loves it. Has many different compartments to store all his gear, keeps his laptop and ipad nice and safe.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love my north face surge Very nice organizational pockets for packing, i would like to see you all make a surge backpack thats extra larged sized to use a backpack suitcase for packing 3-4 days worth of the clothes. 1 other complaint plz make brighter colors lime green, yellows, oranges, blues, purple, pink would be neat
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Backpack This bag is outstanding. The material and the build is really quality. It feels like a bag that will last a lifetime that also comes with a lifetime warranty. The bag is really good looking (i got the grey and orangey-red color) and no matter how heavy the bag is extremely comfortable to wear. What else I like: - the strap on the front, use it all the time especially on a plane - the TSA approved laptop section - the covered zipper of the middle section gives it a premium feel (the cover the zipper so well that I didn't even realize for two months that there was another (ironically the main) compartment) - Excellent pockets both inside and out What I don't love: - the balance of the bag is not good, almost impossible to get it to stand up without leaning it against something - I wish you could remove the chest harness - I wish it was slightly roomier - the bag is not as big as it looks. All the compartments and paddiing make all 3 sections kind of tight All in all, this bag rules. Get it, you wont be sorry.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great deal I bought this as a replacement for my old backpack. Not only was it better built but it was also on sale. I’m assuming this color was on sale because it’s “less desirable” but it just so happens green is my favorite color so it was perfect
Date published: 2017-10-28
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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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