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The North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 4780.
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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

  • Classic 28-liter backpack updated with easy-to-access pockets and an overhauled suspension system
  • The FlexVent™ suspension system features a flexible yoke built from custom injection-molded shoulder straps, a padded mesh back panel and a breathable lumbar panel
  • Padded, fleece-lined 15" laptop sleeve in main compartment protects laptop from bumps and falls
  • Large main compartment for books and binders
  • Front compartment with internal organization has an extra padded tablet sleeve, a pendolier and additional secure-zip pockets
  • 360 degree reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder strap webbing
  • Two extended mesh water bottle pockets can easily double as multi-use pockets with quick-draw cell-phone access on one side
  • External, fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • Updated front elastic bungee system for external storage
  • Comfortable padded top handle
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Removable waist belt

- + Product Specifications
Gender: Mens
Features: Tablet Compatible, Water Bottle Pockets, Ventilated Back Panel, Laptop Compatible, Organizer Panel
Best Use: Day Hiking, Work and School
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
Pack Fabric: Ripstop Nylon / Nylon Cordura
Pack Pockets (+ main compartment): 4
Suspension / Stays: Foam Panel
Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Holds Laptop Size: 15 inch
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected Joy I bought my Northface backpack about last month for my freshman year of college I previously owned a different Northface bag but it got messed up during a fire that burned my place. But I love how lasting and durable these bag are so I didn’t not hesitate to buy a new one because I know it will last a long time.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Bought this backpack and got delivered within one week! All on standard shipping! Love the backpack and it's great quality and it's a great size for school books and room for a laptop!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding backpack for college student! Got this as a present for my daughter's 20th birthday and she couldn't be happier. It is well designed, sturdy, and even has a section that holds her Apple laptop in it's protective case. There were many great colors to choose from but this grey goes with everything and also shouldn't show dirt. I expect this will last at least through her final 2 years of college.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Practical! This product is great because it works with multiple scenarios. Whether it is for school or for traveling, this pack exceeds the requirements. The laptop sleeve is perfect for my 15 inch while carrying some of my basketball gear. The pack is also well padded and comfortable. The 2 separate straps when clipped take away a lot of pressure on the shoulders so I don’t have to worry waking up sore. Therefore, I’d like to say that this backpack is the best I have ever bought so far. Also, the shipping time was very exceptional.
Date published: 2018-06-23
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 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
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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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- + Size Guide

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"

HOW to MEASURE TORSO SIZE
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.


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


NOTES
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.