The North Face Angstrom 30 Backpack


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Every gear quiver should have a versatile multi-sport day pack like The North Face Angstrom 30 Backpack. Day hikes, plane travel, the daily commute and the weekend adventure of your choice are all possible with the Angstrom 30. The hydration compatible design includes a padded universal sleeve for your water bladder and a port for the drinking tube. At 30 liters in volume, this daypack is big enough to carry enough gear to go the distance, yet small enough to take anywhere. The molded Exolite backpanel and Dual-density Airmesh shoulder harness comfortably support your load. The hipbelt helps disperse heavy loads and can be stowed when traveling light or for plane travel. A convenient front stretch pocket lets you stuff a layer without taking the time to open up the pack, and stretch woven side pockets accommodate water bottles for easy access. The main zippered compartment stores the bulk of your gear and an auxiliary zippered pocket helps separate smaller items. You'll dig the small zippered hipbelt pockets, and there's even a stowable rain cover to add weather protection incase afternoon thunder showers makes an appearance.


  • Material: 210 HT ripstop Cordura® nylon, 70D ultralight 210T ripstop nylon
  • Molded EXOLITE back panel with enhanced lumbar padding
  • Dual-density Airmesh shoulder harness
  • Stowable Airmesh hipbelt with three-point closure and gear loop
  • Huge front stretch drop pocket
  • Hydration compatible with padded universal sleeve
  • Zippered rain cover pocket with rain cover included
  • Large, stretch woven side water-bottle pockets
  • Reflective hits
  • Sliding sternum strap with Safe-T whistle
  • Volume: 1830 cu in, 30 liter
  • Dimensions: 21 x 13 x 8 in, 52 x 33 x 21 cm
  • Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz, 1000 g

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

11 Reviews

  • Build quality: 4
  • Ease of use: 3
  • Great design: 3
  • Great value: 1

  • Cost: 2
  • holes on bottom of outer side pockets: 1
  • water bottle compartment needs a redesign: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

11 Ratings & Reviews

The best backpack around!
June 12, 2009

I purchased this pack for several reasons, one I live in the tropics and needed a light, cool pack. Second I needed a pack that fit well, had lots of compartments and when closed was secure for traveling around. The North Face Angstrom 30 Backpack met all these requirements with the most comfortable fit. After trying many different packs, this will be my one and only pack from now on!


August 09, 2011

My son bought the Angstrom 30 backpack for school in September but had the opportunity to test it during our vacation recently. The backpack is very easy to travel with, it's light, spacious and easy on the back even with heavy load. My son used it during the entire travel to carry weight of about 30-40 pounds. He carried it while climbing and walking long distances. One suggestion to improve the bag is to add elastic band to the water bottle compartment. As it is now, it's rather loose so sometimes the water bottle would fall out of it. Other than that, we highly recommend this bag to anyone.

Awesome backpack.
May 19, 2009

The backpack looks really good and has many useful compartments. The strap, though, is a little uncomfortable.

Excellent backpack
April 06, 2010

Exactly what I was looking for: laptop friendly and outdoor friendly.

The best backpack I have ever owned.
September 03, 2009

I purchased this backpack about 20 days ago so that it would be delivered before the first day of my freshman year in high school. It has the characteristics that I wanted and I knew it would be a great backpack for school. When I was reading the comments about "a lousy book bag" I was a little worried. Once I got it and put my belongings into it, I was amazed that someone would think that it is a lousy book bag. I have been one week with my Angstrom 30 Backpack and absolutely love it. It is comfortable and has plenty of compartments. Also, I have to say it looks cool too. As soon as I use this one until I can't anymore, I will be ordering the same exact one. Awesome backpack.

from San Jose, CA

Great multipurpose backpack
July 17, 2011

The Angstrom is a very well built and extremely light backpack. I don't do much hiking and so I use this mainly for carrying laptop computers. Both my 14" and 16" laptops fit in this this perfectly. The outer front compartment (no zipper) is perfect for those last minute items that I need to cram in without taking the time to unzip and zip. The velcro secured mesh inner pockets are great for small electronic items and saves the time of otherwise digging through your other stuff. The one thing I would change are the outer elastic side pockets. I did not realize that they have a hole at the bottom corner of each one (this is by design). I almost lost some AA batteries while transporting. For those curious to the size of the holes, a 9volt battery fits perfect through them without much resistance. Overall this is a well-built and great looking backpack!

from Louisville, KY

Fantastic Backpack
April 28, 2011

An extremely comfortable backpack with all the bells and whistles to match. The straps are a tad long though but they can be tucked and hidden away with ease. The padding and breatheability of the backpack is extraordinary and is defintiely worth the buy.

Great FAST dayback. Lousy book bag.
August 18, 2009

This pack has a very focused design. It is designed to be lightweight and FAST for a minimalist hiker/long distance runner. The straps are very thin mesh with barely any padding but they feature excellent adjustment allowing the pack to be worn VERY snug. The back panel is an awesome rigid foam with excellent lumbar support and ventilation. The fabric is very thin ripstop nylon and other lightweight materials to save weight. The overall shape of the pack is very streamlined and tapers to the top opening with compression straps. The combo of lightweight fabric, thin straps and streamlined shape makes this a very poor bag for a school bag or book bag. The same combo makes it fantastic as a fast daypack.

Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

from NYC
25-34 yrs

February 15, 2012

A perfect bag. I use it as my work bag and I love it. Documents, laptop, lunch and umbrella all fit nicely and I still have plenty of room. I bought the bag on sale so price wise it was a must have. I just purchased it about 2 weeks ago so I can't judge the durability.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Frederick, Maryland
55-64 yrs

Nice daypack
July 30, 2012

I bought this as a somewhat smaller daypack than my older Marmot which I have had for many years and use frequently. I picked this pack for an overseas trip. It is probably half the weight of the Marmot and yet still 2/3's the size. It is not as tall but still has a great setup for the pockets with a half deep divider in the outside pocket so smaller items stay near the top of the pack and a water bladder divider in the main compartment. The waist strap is plenty long enough for my oversize belly, the sternum strap slides up or down very easily to create the perfect position for comfort. The water bottle pockets are fine and the included rain cover fits in it's own pocket behind one of the water bottles. That's a great feature. In short I love the setup. The material is definitely lighter weight and it's durability is untested but it seems sturdy and of high quality. In short, a great product!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value

Organized and Stylish
September 05, 2010

Great backpack all around. Can use for hiking or anything even for school.

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