The North Face Borealis Laptop Backpack-155596

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Description

Your bookbag doesn't really need 100 different features on it to get you through your day – so simplify your life, starting with The North Face Borealis Laptop Backpack. This versatile North Face pack is sleek and simple with just the necessary features and none of the fluff -- saving space in your closet since it's an everyday load hauler AND a weekend warrior.

Made from durable nylon and polyester material, the Borealis will easily last through your senior year of high school AND hold up to knocking around campus as you get your higher learning on. The FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps have dual-density foams for extra cushy comfort, and the Airmesh backpanel manages sweat and protects your spine when you're shouldering a full load of books. One 29-liter main compartment offers a laptop sleeve for a 15-incher, plenty of room for school or work stuff midweek, and capacity for trail or beach gear on the weekends.

For the features, The North Face gave the Borealis Laptop Backpack side mesh pockets, a front organizer pocket for little items, elastic cording on the front for on-the-go extra capacity, an attachment point for a bike light, and a stowable hipbelt. Like we said, just the necessary stuff.

Specifications

  • Materials: 420D nylon; 600D polyester print; 1680D ballistics nylon
  • FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps with a top layer of Atilon foam for added support and bottom layer of PE foam for added comfort
  • Comfortable, padded Airmesh back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support
  • Integrated reflective light loop
  • Winged, stowable hipbelt
  • Large main compartment laptop sleeve (fits most 15-inch laptops), organization and hydration port
  • Secondary compartment with organization
  • Front stash pocket
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Safety whistle located on chest buckle
  • Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
  • Volume: 1770 cu in, 29 liters
  • Weight: 2 lb 9 oz, 1166 g

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

114 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 8
  • Great design: 7
  • Ease of use: 6
  • Great value: 6

Cons
  • Cost: 7
  • carrying capacity is smaller than i expected.: 1
  • laptop doesn't fit: 1
  • only one small book pocket: 1
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Durability: 4.9 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 3.8 / 5
Weight: 2.6 / 5

114 Ratings & Reviews

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

good backpack
November 04, 2010

I am a medical student and carry a lot of stuff in my backpack. I was told by my Doctor to get a better backpack with a waist strap since I was having back and neck pain. I purchased the Borealis and I love it! It takes the weight off my shoulders and back and puts it on my hips where it should be. It doesn't fit as much as my previous backpack, but it still is very roomy!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
nj999
from New Jersey
45-54 yrs

You won't Regret purchasing this bag
January 18, 2012

The bag arrived on time 3-5 days. The color looks just the same as the picture. I had a same bag in black for years. It is roomy to carry a lot of heavy books and a laptop. The back part is well cushioned, so it is confortable to carry. Love it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
Willlallen
from Newtown, CT
18-24 yrs

Great backpack for the price!
July 11, 2011

This is very heavy duty yet very light! Love using it as a school bag, overnight bag, or just carrying around stuff on a trip while wondering the streets!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
kl11
from Wisconsin
18-24 yrs

Amazing Backpack
November 05, 2011

I absolutely love this backpack. It distributes weight very nicely, and I can fit my 17" computer inside as long as it's not in a case, or in the sleeve designated for your laptop. This is a bit upsetting because that pocket/sleeve is well protected and cushioned. This backpack is made for a 15.6" computer, but I found a way to make my computer fit. That was my requirement for a backpack, and this one performs so well. Plenty of compartments for storage, strong meshing on sides. Very Durable. I love this backpack.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, laptop carrier
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
livesforsun91

Just Right
March 14, 2012

This back pack is made well and durable. It it nice looking and offers many pouches and pockets for optimal storage. It also has protection for a medium size laptop and protects it from hitting the ground. The down side is that that it is a little smaller than a regular backpack because of the space needed for laptop protection. Also, the zippers don't come down all the way on the back pocket which is bothersome and the piece of plastic in the back makes it very stiff. However, over all it's a quality product that will last me a long time. Very satisfied.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value, Cons: restricted design, only one small book pocket
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
KTfromNH

It's perfect!
February 02, 2011

It holds my ipad and laptop along with their cords and misc. other stuff, plenty of room and reasonable protection. I've used it for a year and it still looks new.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
Robot
from Seattle, WA
25-34 yrs

Solid But Unremarkable Backpack
October 16, 2012

The Borealis is pretty much like every other backpack out there. It has 2 main compartments (1 with a laptop sleeve) and a front pocket for things you want to access quickly. It has all the bells and whistles that come standard with backpacks nowadays. The laptop sleeve has padding at the bottom which is a nice touch. One of the ties on my side pouch snapped off the day I bought it. It wasn't a huge problem because the pouch is snug enough already, but I was pretty unimpressed. In all fairness though I've had no further problems after 1+ year of use. I'm a small woman (5'2", 115lbs) and probably should have gone for the women's version because unless I do up the chest buckle the straps slide off my shoulders. Overall it's a nice enough backpack. I wouldn't pay full price for it but it's worth getting if you can find a solid deal and should last you awhile.

Pros: Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 5 / 5
WeightPacks: 2 / 5
mom0f2

Great Backpack
September 25, 2010

Love this backpack...especially for the ergonomics for reducing stress on the back...high quality. I would recommend this to others...previous backpack purchased for daughter over 6 years ago...looks like new!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
WeightPacks: 3 / 5
Biker1
from McLean, VA

Perfect Pack!
September 26, 2010

I bought this backpack for hiking in Sequoia Natl Park and Kings Canyon. I also used it as my carryon bag on the plane. It was perfect. I used the numerous compartments to keep my gear organized. It was comfortable to carry; the belly band added support and kept the pack in place. I also found the blue very attractive. In fact, the reason that I didn't buy the women's borealis pack is that it only came in black.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, nice color
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
busylittlelife

February 11, 2011

I bought this bag with the intension of using it as a diaper bag and LOVE it! It is small enough to not feel bulky yet large enough to hold everything I need. I have an 18 month old and was using a classic bag for him, when I switched to this bag life has been easier.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
robg

good stuff
January 13, 2012

I got this backpack as a present to carry my all of my computer and other tech. items. I could not be happier with this Nothface item. It is very comfortable as a sling or as a backpack. There are plenty of pockets.

Pros: Great design, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
TheNorthFacer

Great Backpack
August 18, 2013

I definitely recommend this product to a friend. Great durability and feels great on your back, even with a laptop and books in the backpack! Worth the pay.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
WeightPacks: 2 / 5
prtuck
from Vermont
25-34 yrs

Excellent combination
September 23, 2010

Nice combination of weight, style and convenience. Hard to be beat.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
nln421
from Binghamton, NY
18-24 yrs

BEST BACKPACK EVER!!
September 23, 2012

I have always bought North Face backpacks and they never let me down! This backpack is perfect and very sleek and holds everything I need for classes! I am in love with it and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking to purchase one!

Pros: Great design
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
hilsman1
from atlanta, ga
18-24 yrs

Wise purchase
January 03, 2012

You can get your school supplies and notebooks in this book bag and still feel like I still have space. A feel like I can be speedy and quick around campus, while looking great.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 5 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
pizzaguy25

I love it
August 09, 2012

Its great buy very light weight but yet very strong i would recommend to my friends altrec was great to the shipping was quick and got it quick. I will do business with altrec again

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
redear

smaller than expected but sturdy backpack
November 19, 2012

Ordered this for my daughter for use in high school. It was smaller capacity-wise than we expected but appears to be able to hold everything she needs. Initially, she mentioned that the back panel was very "stiff" but I believe that is intentional for better back support. She also mentioned that it was quite "boxy" (the sides are stiff too) and hopes that with time, it will break in a little so she doesn't look like she is walking around with a big "rectangle" on her back.. Despite the observations above, she does feel that it is very good quality and will last her many years. As a parent, I liked the number of discrete but very visible reflectors on the pack.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: quite stiff
Durability: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
JoeGentle
from Chicago and world travel

For backpack enthusiasts....
March 29, 2011

Borealis Laptop Backpack My husband scours products for just the right amenities. So, after a long search for a replacement pack for travel use, he found this gem. All the design elements are terrific and although we've only been using it a few days, he is in love. He has a very critical eye and feels this is one of the best packs he has ever owned. Trim and light, we use this pack for groceries and travel use. We love it

KTfromNH

It's perfect!
February 02, 2011

It holds my ipad and laptop along with their cords and misc. other stuff, plenty of room and reasonable protection. I've used it for a year and it still looks new.

Pros: Ease of use
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
hikerlove
from NorCal
25-34 yrs

Functional and Durable
July 01, 2011

I bought an earlier version of this backpack about 7 years ago. Its still in great shape and I can't imagine needing to replace it any time soon. It holds my laptop securely and has some nice foam padding at the bottom of the pocket in case of drops (which I have done on a few occasions accidentally with no ill effects). The shoulder straps and hip belts are very comfortable and can adjust to a wide variety of people, including my petite frame. My only complaint is that the mesh side pockets tend to catch on things and rip.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
cdbjan
from louisville KY
35-44 yrs

August 19, 2011

I Purchased for my 17 year old. He Loves it and it was cheaper than i could find in any store in town. I would recommend to anyone to use this site for all your athletic purchases.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
CollegeGirlNorthfaceLover
from Cleveland, OH
18-24 yrs

love it!!!
July 22, 2011

I absolutely love this Northface backpack. It came in the mail in exactly the amount of time it was supposed to and it is absolutely gorgeous. I got the black one because it's neutral and will never get dirty, plus I don't want to ever get sick of it. I plan on using it as long as possible. I'm a sophomore in college and I plan on going to med school so I am hoping it will last throughout med school as well! I happened to get in on sale on this website, so I would suggest that you also GO BUY THIS NOW!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

Great backpack for all needs
September 24, 2009

I bought this backpack for school and it's been perfect. The inside laptop pocket holds my 15-inch laptop securely and there is plenty of space for my books as well. The straps are padded and comfortable, and I like the style. Great all around backpack, perfect for anything from schoolbooks to camping gear!

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
hello0820
25-34 yrs

Suited for a daypack...not much else
September 24, 2011

This backpack is great for carrying a day's worth of stuff around. However, using it for school, it's a bit on the small side...i've managed to fit a laptop, 1.5 inch binder, and 2 textbooks but that's it. If you are planning on lasting through an entire day of classes, you'll need a bigger pack.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: small volume
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
skoolkid
from Poughkeepsie, NY

Perfect size
January 12, 2012

I have found that most backpacks these days have too many pockets of every shape and size for my preference. The Borealis has one large pocket for books with a inner slot for your laptop. One smaller organizational pocket with a number of pouches for pens, tools, pocket knife, planner... and a little outer pocket. It has two water bottle holders one at each side which hold nalgenes as well as skinnier stainless steel water bottles. Its the perfect size for my college life everyday school needs and for day hikes. I am totally happy with it. The waist strap is less durable than some of the more expensive north face backpacks but overall its great. Altrec has great discounts and timely delivery.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
mjtOAK
from Oakland, CA
25-34 yrs

This backpack is fantastic!
March 20, 2013

Bought one for my boyfriend since his old NF bag was used to death. This new backpack has nice division of space with enough pockets. Love the laptop sleeve... and the whistle on the chest buckle too. Clever! Now I need to buy one for myself.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value

Good overall backpack
October 29, 2009

Zippers, pockets, and durability are great. Only complaint I have about this backpack is when putting on both straps, your hand sometimes gets caught under flap of the chest strap. Hard to explain in a review.

The best bag ever!
October 28, 2009

Highly recommended. The only "problem" is that it has a lot of straps attached to it - but this is no problem - might be a plus if you are going hiking - for school you can either ignore them or cut them off. This website was very good!!

Pretty awesome
March 24, 2010

I needed a backpack that could fit both my laptop and few text books and the borealis was perfect for me. Its straps also lessens the weightload. I hope this was helpful.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
ZumbaGirl1

August 19, 2011

Love the pack!! Fits all my books, work-out gear, and laptop. Lots of room and looks great. Love all the compartments and every easy to find my things.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
runnergirl1
from Nashville, TN
Under 18 yrs

best backpack ever
November 15, 2010

This backpack has it all. Great size, fits lots of books and great outer compartments for water bottles pencil pouches etc. It would also be great for travel.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
reems

Great backpack for college
September 05, 2013

it is a lasting backpack so its good for all the years you spend in college!!! i recommend it to everyone i just wish it wasn't this expensive

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

Great backpack
October 30, 2009

Perfect bag... You don't miss this bag.

Great Purchase!
March 02, 2010

My husband and I each bought a Borealis for graduate school, and it is a great backpack. Not only is it highly functional, but it is sturdy yet great looking. You can't go wrong with North Face, but this one is especially good.

Great bag
November 02, 2009

perfect for my uses. added benefit of being both durable and waterproof

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
freshman
from Wisconsin
Under 18 yrs

Not for a high schooler!
August 30, 2012

I loved the look of this backpack, and since we are doing a laptop program at my high school, I was so happy to find this one! After using it for 2 weeks, I have been very disappointed with the carrying capacity! I cannot fit my laptop (13'' mac book pro), 2 small binders and a textbook without having it both hurt my back and not zip all the way. I am considering returning it and getting an Eddie Baur one.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Great value, Cons: Cost, tiny!!!!!

Good Back-Pack
November 02, 2009

Laptop sleeve is excellent, plenty of space for odds and ends in forward compartment. Good looking construction.

borealis book bag
October 20, 2009

i have had the backpack for a week now and i must say it is very nice and comfortable. i love all the extra clips on the bookbag and the laptop compartment has worked well. i just bought some more of them for my relatives

best backpack on the market!!!
August 12, 2010

let's just say that I was able to hike 10 km of the Great Wall of China with this backpack (with 10 lbs) on my back with absolutely no problems. this backpack is comfortable, durable, and waterproof--i wouldn't keep my prized belongings any where else. my brother is going to college this year and i thought that i would send him along with the most important college accessory. :)

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

Great backpack
January 22, 2012

This is an amazing backpack. I fit everything I need in here and it is much bigger than you would think. It is very light and comfortable. The nylon is very durable and can take a beating.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 5 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
Danica821

Excellent Backpack
August 10, 2011

There is no other brand that is better out there in the market. This will last you for years. Money well spent. Dependable, durable, lightweight. It has many features that will offer you versatality in carrying all that you need.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

great purchase
October 10, 2009

Altrec has a good selection of backpacks to choose from and the backpack was just as described on the website. It has plenty of room for books, notebooks, and my laptop and it's super comfortable to carry a huge load. I was using another backpack and my shoulder were killing me but since I started using the Borealis North Face backpack my shoulders have not hurt. I definitely recommend the backpack for college students-graduate and undergraduate students.

great backpack
October 29, 2009

great bag... holds my laptop as well as all my books and notebooks... feels great on my back and often i wonder if i actually put all my stuff in there it feels so light... highly recommend

Durability: 5 / 5
Happymom26
from new orleans, LA
45-54 yrs

college son loves it
November 13, 2011

my college son absolutely loves this. he carries the 17" laptop along with other books and still has room. he has wanted this for a long time and we finally got it for him. we shouldn't have waited this long. Great buy!!!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
Travler
from San Carlos, CA
18-24 yrs

Borealis Laptop Backpack
October 25, 2011

I thought the Borealis Laptop Backpack was awesome however, I am 6.1 feet tall and honestly it did not fit like I wanted it too. I love Almost all north face products however I ended up giving it to my younger sister because it was a little snug. I decided to by the larger Surge Backpack and it fit my macbook pro 13 inch perfectly with room for two binders and a book. I would recommend the Borealis Laptop Backpack if you are 5.9 feet and under or if you are looking for a smaller backpack. My sister 5.9 feet it fits her perfectly. If larger then that I would recommend the Surge.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: to small for 6.1 foot person and above
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
KyleT

January 09, 2012

Smaller than I expected but overall a good bag. Free of embellishment, this sleek daypack boasts two large zip pockets so you can stash gear quickly and hit the road. The main compartment features a padded laptop sleeve (fits most 15" laptops), and an almost equally large secondary zip pocket with built-in organizational sleeves. Bungee cord on face of pack lets you store additional gear, or cinch down contents inside. Updated shoulder straps and back panel.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

Very comfortable
June 03, 2010

I have 12 hour days on campus and need to carry my laptop, 2 textbooks, notebooks, lunch... just about everything in this back pack. It's very comfortable even when riding my bike. I'm very happy with this product.

Excellent
April 30, 2010

I have had this bag for about a week and a half now, and it's been fantastic. I sometimes spend 12-14 hours a day at school and this bag has more than enough room for all of my books, lunch, sometimes dinner, and my computer. I am very happy with my purchase.

Great Service and Great Product
January 01, 2010

My daughter had her heart set on this backpack. The product has exceeded her expectations - nice room for laptop and should last her for many years. I'm more pleased with Altrec. They had the most competitive price and the item (with free shipping) arrived within a few days. I am VERY PLEASED with Altrec and will buy from them in the future.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
NFBuyer
from Chicago, IL
Under 18 yrs

Great Backpack!
August 01, 2011

I love my borealis backpack! It is great for school and for traveling! The all black is great because it doesn't get dirty. The only problems are that my 17' inch laptop doesn't fit and there some straps that aren't necessary for everyday usage.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: laptop doesn't fit, too may straps
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
DebSAHIL
from Illinois
45-54 yrs

Nice Backpack
July 10, 2013

I really like this backpack. It works well for either a student backpack or a carry on for airline travel. It's big enough to hold the things I need and it's durable and well made as you would expect from The North Face.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
ekochic

A smart purchase
September 05, 2011

I bought this backpack for college because I knew alot of friends who had north face's and they all loved theirs. I figured I would go ahead and splurge and buy myself this backpack because i would love it too. And sure enough, its perfect. The size is good, i am able to pack all my books and notebooks in for the day and even my 17" laptop fits tightly in the sleeve, even though it is made for 15". I don't bring my laptop to class anymore though because it's not necessary. So that still leaves me great extra space for things i might need during the day/weekend. ie, snacks, makeup bag, clothes etc. i always carry my water bottle on the side. The compartments are great; it's very easy to keep track of. the backpack itself is very comfortable. Straps easily adjust. This is definitely worth the extra money, I know this backpack will last me thru my college years and beyond :)

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
nln421
from Binghamton, NY

BEST BACKPACK EVER!!
September 23, 2012

I have always bought North Face backpacks and they never let me down! This backpack is perfect and very sleek and holds everything I need for classes! I am in love with it and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking to purchase one!

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
dbinbtown

Great purchase!
June 30, 2013

Would definitely recommend this pack. Durable, lightweight, laptop compartment works well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
duckduckdog

Awesome
October 07, 2009

Bought it for school, but have found it to be the best all-purpose pack I've ever owned. Plenty of room for books, then dump the books and load it up for an overnight camping trip.

Panther
top250Contributor

Not only beautiful, but functional!
July 02, 2010

I ordered this backpack specifically for hiking in the New Hampshire mountain area. I ordered the Truckee Pink. I love the back saver panel when hiking and it holds a lot more than I thought. It's another great product by the North Face.

ekochic

A smart purchase
September 05, 2011

I bought this backpack for college because I knew alot of friends who had north face's and they all loved theirs. I figured I would go ahead and splurge and buy myself this backpack because i would love it too. And sure enough, its perfect. The size is good, i am able to pack all my books and notebooks in for the day and even my 17" laptop fits tightly in the sleeve, even though it is made for 15". I don't bring my laptop to class anymore though because it's not necessary. So that still leaves me great extra space for things i might need during the day/weekend. ie, snacks, makeup bag, clothes etc. i always carry my water bottle on the side. The compartments are great; it's very easy to keep track of. the backpack itself is very comfortable. Straps easily adjust. This is definitely worth the extra money, I know this backpack will last me thru my college years and beyond :)

Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
hog15
from Aberdee, Nc
Under 18 yrs

awesome backpack
August 15, 2011

It is one of the best backpacks i have ever baught! It is very light and it has a lot of room for a backpack. i have never baught a The North Face backpack and it is the best backpack ever and i would recomened this to a friend!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value

great bag
October 28, 2009

great bag - holds widescreen laptop well and has a lot of useful room and pockets. I especially like the wider straps as they fit your shoulder for a better grip and distribute weight well for a comfortable fit.

great backpack, it has everything I need
August 18, 2010

I will always look at altrec from now on, got a great pack at an even better price...The backpack is long lasting, packs everything, and is so versatile

great for high school
November 11, 2009

The backpack arrived within 3 business days, my son loves it, fits all his books and binders plus lunchbag. Zippers are thick and hopefully will last. Fits laptop. Great buy and great service. Very comfy on his back, straps give good support.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
Alzz
from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
18-24 yrs

Great College Backpack
July 22, 2011

This backpack is very durable which is why I know it will last me through the next four years of college. North Face products have never let me down in the past and this is no exception. I like the amount of room for storage in the front pouch. There is room for absolutely everything you could ever need for going to class. I also like the laptop pouch. My 13 inch MacBook Pro fits perfectly which is exactly what I was looking for.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

Good bag
November 16, 2009

A little too much room for a mac pro--great that it is waterproof.

Good quality
October 30, 2009

Nice fit for my macbook, a few books, and some spare clothing. The pockets are nice for organizing things compartmentally..if thats a word. The straps are padded enough and have lots of adjustment.

it is great
October 26, 2009

brand new product with no defects. ships very fast. love the product, this site is even better than zappos or amazon!

received borealis backpack in great conditon and timely manner
October 16, 2009

The borealis bookbag was great. Everything came in perfect condition. Bookbag was nice and spacious and I really enjoyed the laptop compartment as well as the accessories compartments. What I like most is the bookbag is water resistant to a good amount so my books won't get damaged.

Much Better than expected
November 01, 2009

Great daypack with lots of pockets for storing odds and ends including digital camera gear. Even the slot for toting a laptop is much better than I expected. Highly recommend this style as it folds very flat for use as a daypack that can be stored in your larger pack without consuming much space

good
October 30, 2009

it is a very good backpack

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
rockridgematt
from Oakland, CA
35-44 yrs

Borealis Laptop Backpack
November 30, 2010

I love this backpack! It's the perfect solution for anyone that's looking for an alternative to carrying two bags - one for your laptop and one for everything else. I travel lighter now that everything fits in one bag. Good padding for laptop and several very functional zippered compartments to stay organized. I ordered it in the English green color which is a really great shade of green.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
emilee
from Baton Rouge, LA
18-24 yrs

best backpack ever bought
December 04, 2013

I have had this backpack throughout all of my college years and it has held up awesomely! So good for carrying around your laptop, without it being so heavy to walk with.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

Great for the sale price, but...
October 20, 2009

The laptop is not particularly secure in the laptop pouch, and there's no way I'd pay 85 dollars for the thing. If there's a discontinued color you like, though, and you aren't insanely protective about your laptop, this is a great deal.

Awesome!
October 22, 2009

This thing is great, it holds all of my college books plus notebooks without being horribly heavy! Love it!!

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

25-34 yrs

good backpack
April 07, 2012

It is the first time that I bought Northface backpack, I am very satisfied with it. The style is very cool, and it wears very comfortable, the quality seems very durable. I like it very much! But the carrying capacity is smaller than I expected. Overall, it is a good backpack, I would like recommend it to others.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Great value, Cons: carrying capacity is smaller than i expected.

Nice, but not what I was looking for......
October 29, 2009

Its' a decent little backpack, much smaller than I was expecting. Seems durable and rugged like all North Face products. I was lucky enough to get it on sale.

Awesome Price for Pack
October 29, 2009

Got a great price on this backpack while it was on clearance. Perfect small sized backpack for carrying laptop and a few other essentials.

I like it
October 29, 2009

It looks not bad. lots of space. I got it at a discount price and I like it.

Great backpack, a little tight for 17
March 21, 2010

Love the backpack! It is a smidge small for my 17" laptop, but it does fit in there along with plenty of books and binders.

great backpack
February 26, 2010

got this to replace my other backpack after a year and a half of college. looks great and plenty of room for large textbooks and notebooks

Everything it promises to be.
August 26, 2010

Comfortable and durable--perfect for college.

Great!
October 27, 2009

I have had the bag for a week now and it's great. The width of the straps is good for a woman and sits great on your back. It holds a lot. The laptop part goes about 1/2 to 3/4 up and is kind of thin on the padding, but does the trick. I have a 15 3/4" laptop and fits great. The color, ink blue looked kind of like a navy to me on the website, but is more of a faded blue/gray/teal in person. The backpack is comfortable and great. I'm very happy with it and the website. The shipping was pretty fast.

Weight: 2 / 5
busylittlelife
25-34 yrs

February 11, 2011

I bought this bag with the intension of using it as a diaper bag and LOVE it! It is small enough to not feel bulky yet large enough to hold everything I need. I have an 18 month old and was using a classic bag for him, when I switched to this bag life has been easier.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost

borealis laptop backpack
October 28, 2009

this backpack is great. northface makes a great product that is rugged and durable. I want to buy another one.

Whistlerskier
top1000Contributor

Great Backpack
December 19, 2009

I had my last Northface backpack for over 4 years. I carried it to school everyday, filled with heavy text books. I looked at lots of other brands but Northface has the best features, durability and I love the style. I am really pleased with my new Northface. I just wish the laptop pocket was a little more cushioned.

Very comfortable carry for my laptop and work folders.
October 11, 2009

Bought that pack for my notebook computer and accessories for daily commute and travel. Plenty of room and very comfortable on my back. I would definitely recommend this one!

Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
JoeGentle
from Chicago and world travel
45-54 yrs

For backpack enthusiasts....
March 29, 2011

Borealis Laptop Backpack My husband scours products for just the right amenities. So, after a long search for a replacement pack for travel use, he found this gem. All the design elements are terrific and although we've only been using it a few days, he is in love. He has a very critical eye and feels this is one of the best packs he has ever owned. Trim and light, we use this pack for groceries and travel use. We love it

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
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