The North Face Women's Surge Backpack
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The North Face Women's Surge Backpack

The North Face Women's Surge Backpack is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 203.
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Product Description Item No.   10277349

The North Face Women's Surge Backpack is a school backpack for the ladies in learning. FlexVent™ suspension has been tailored for a women's specific fit, with injection-molded straps for comfort in the shoulder area. That's not all, the back panel uses padded mesh, a wicking lumbar panel and cuts a channel right down the center for your spine to lay, allowing you to revel in all the ventilation as you trek from home, to school, off to work, and even through the airports. Ah yes, airports, with security these days, the 15" laptop sleeve is not only padded and lined with fleece, it lies flat for speedy checkpoints. With 31 liters of space throughout, your main compartment holds binders and books or clothes and shoes, with a front compartment for all the organization of the little things. Smaller external zip pockets (one stash, two vertical) items for quick access, and you know what that means? Lots of snacks.

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FEATURES of The North Face Women's Surge Backpack

  • The women-specific FlexVent suspension system boasts custom injection-molded shoulder straps, a padded mesh back panel with a spine channel that's specifically shaped for an ergonomic fit and a wicking lumbar panel for maximum support and ventilation
  • Women-specific shoulder straps with flexible attachment points are contoured for a women's torso for a perfect fit for any size or shape
  • Dedicated, lay-flat, fleece-lined laptop compartment allows for protected, checkpoint-friendly travel
  • Secondary 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
  • Reflective bike-light

- + Product Specifications
Gender: Womens
Features: Water Bottle Pockets, Load-Lifter Straps
Best Use: Casual, Backpacking
Weight: 3 lb 1.38 oz
Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 8.5 in.
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.
Pack Capacity: 31 Liters / 1892 Cubic inches
Holds Laptop Size: 15 inch
Frame Type: Frameless
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bag for work/travel/adventures I usually have to carry a very heavy laptop to work everyday, and using my regular backpack made my shoulders sore. I switched to Surge on hubby's insistence, and boy did it help! It distributes the weight very well and is extremely comfortable for everyday use. I've used this is a carry-on bag in flights and found it very comfortable. It has tons of pockets and sections to store all kind of small/big items which you can quickly access. The loop/handle at the front of the bag is more handy that you'd think! The only improvement I'd love to see is that the side pockets to carry bottles should have an elastic band or loop to secure the pocket, my bottles keep falling out of it otherwise (and I've lost a handful of bananas stored there too!).
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great space, but very uncomfortable I needed a durable backpack for school and the reviews pulled me toward this backpack. It has plenty of space and held all of my notebooks and folders, but this backpack is so heavy even without books in it. My skin on my shoulders get tore up from the uncomfortable straps and heavy weight. I do not recommend this backpack.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best backpack for college I absolutely love this backpack for school. I currently commute to school 5 days a week and work right after so I needed a backpack that was spacious and not super bulky. This backpack has 3 big divisions, one where I can neatly put my MacBook 13" in the computer sleeve and it isn't loose. I also have a 2.5" binder as well as notebooks. In the smallest of the divisions, I have my tablet as well as all other electronics cords. There is a zipper pocket on the front that holds my phone and pens with a lot of room and 2 separate pockets in the front. There's so much room I have in this backpack that it was a great investment as I plan to travel and this will be perfect for traveling. The backpack opens all the way for TSA searching which is great. You don't HAVE to open it up all the way either, I haven't had to open it it fully and it won't open all the way unless you do it purposely. This is a great overall backpack and worth the price. I got the black and light blue design and it looks incredibly sleek and doesn't get dirty.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpack! Held all our essentials during our hikes in Patagonia. It was also perfect as a carry-on at airports. A backpack everyone should have!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from didn't turn out how I expected When I first got this backpack I loved it, but after the first couple days of using it for school, I realized how uncomfortable it was. I can barely squeeze in a textbook and a couple notebooks, and couldn't fit another textbook in after that. Besides being too narrow, my thermos and water bottle kept falling out of the holders at the side when I set it down. The comfort also wasn't there--the shoulder pads dig into my shoulders and don't mold to my back at all. I love the design and pocket structure of this backpack but overall I was very disappointed with how it fit my school necessities as well as how it fit on me.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Design but Too Bulky, Had to Return This bag is both too big and, considering its size, too small at the same time. I was so excited to purchase, and I LOVED the design and color (I got the black/gray with rose gold accents) but when I put my law school stuff in it, it both didn't fit and looked way too bulky on my back. It stuck out like a turtle shell and looked ridiculous. I only had my laptop (13 inch 2015 MacBook Pro), one textbook, a notebook, pencil case, laptop charger, and some random small things like a travel size deodorant, chapstick, etc. in the whole bag. I often need to bring another book with me, and when added one to test it out it looked even worse. It was bulging even without the extra book. I was very disappointed and had to return it.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy bag that hold a lot! This backpack is made of great quality. Additionally the amount of space is exactly what was needed for my college student. In the backpack is an oversized laptop, kindle, several books and binders! There are multiple little pockets to put things like chargers, keys, writing utensils. I am so glad we made this purchase!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stiff shoulder straps, I will never buy again I used this product for school for only about three days, though I received the backpack approximately a month ago. At first, I was amazed by the design and the look. However, after wearing it, I realized how uncomfortable it is. (Even without the weight of textbooks!) The shoulder straps are incredibly stiff and bulky, digging into my collar bone and shoulders. I used to use the Women's Recon, which had flexible and not-as-thick shoulder straps. Adding weight to the backpack made it worst. Additionally, I use a plastic waterbottle from the Thermos company and it continuously, without fail, falls out of the water bottle holder. I never had this problem with the Recon or any backpack for the matter. The back of the backpack, the part that rests against your back, is uncomfortable and stiff as well. It doesn't not mold to my back like the recon. In general, this backpack is very stiff and unyielding. Think of sleeping on a hardwood floor without any cushion vs using a memory foam mattress. I wish I could return this but I cut the labels off already and I deeply regret this purchase. The only thing I like about this backpack though, is the whistle.
Date published: 2017-08-26
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Do the side pockets fit a L size nalgene?

Asked by: liberated104
Hiya, thanks for the question! A typical 32 oz nalgene will squeeze into the side pocket. A thinner and taller bottle would fit better... but I'm not going to tell you what to do. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-09-19

I currently have the unisex recon and have had it since 9th grade.(soon to be college freshman) I am looking at the redesigned recon and the surge. Which one would you recommend considering the compartments/added weight. I don't really have a good posture

Asked by: Gizmo
Thanks for the question! Both packs are a great option and you honestly can't go wrong with either one of them. The Surge is just a tad bigger than the Recon, but surprisingly weighs less. I would say that the Recon is more popular with our college students. The Surge would be more for our traveling customers who need a TSA-friendly back. Both internal compartments are pretty similar - pen holder, cord-keepers, internal zippered pockets, etc. I personally like the Recon best because I don't need the three separate zippered compartments on the Surge. But it all comes down to your preference. In regards to your posture, try not to put the heaviest items in the very bottom of your pack. But them more towards the top. Also, make sure the pack is adjusted to sit higher up, and not slouching down rubbing on your lower back. I hope this helps a little!
Answered by: Foxxy Cleopatra
Date published: 2017-06-16

Will this work for a laptop?

Asked by: Sunshine
Hiya Sunshine, thanks for your question! This bag has a compartment for a 15" laptop. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-11-28

If it starts to pour down raining while I'm walking around outside with this bag on, will anything on the inside of the bag get damp/wet?

Asked by: Allie
Hiya Allie, thanks for your question! This pack is water resistant. It could handle light rain but in the case of a downpour, the contents will get wet. If you want a truly waterproof pack, check out the The North Face Homestead Waterproof Pack. You might want to consider a hiking pack like the Osprey Women's Skimmer 22 Pack. It's technically not waterproof but it includes a rain cover. Here are some links for ya: The North Face Homestead Waterproof Pack Osprey Women's Skimmer 22 Pack Hope this helps!
Answered by: Alice in Wanderland
Date published: 2017-08-13
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The North Face Women's Packs

SIZE One Size X-Small / Small Medium / Large
Torso Size (Adjustable) N/A" 13 - 18" 15 - 20"
Torso Size (Fixed) 15 - 18" 14 - 17" 16 - 19"
Hipbelt Size 24 - 35" 24 - 30" 30 - 36"

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.

Women's packs feature a women's-specific design for a better fit and more comfortable carry on smaller female torsos.

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