The North Face Yavapai Daypack


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Named for the indigenous people of Arizona, The North Face Yavapai Daypack has a design based on simpler times – it's streamlined, functional and can carry a heavy load and never complain. This little pack is tough and leaves the fluffy features off for a sleek exterior.

Able to carry 30 liters of stuff, this North Face backpack has a zippered main compartment with a 15-inch laptop sleeve and a front zippered compartment with drop-in organizational pockets. Side mesh pockets hold beverages and a front stash pocket keeps small items like your phone, wallet and keys handy. The Airmesh backpanel rides easy on your back, the FlexVent shoulder straps are curved to fit your torso and a winged hipbelt helps stabilize your load if needed.

When the weekend rolls around and you head out to hunt down solitude and gather some trail dust and fresh air, you can slip your hydration bladder in the laptop sleeve and thread the hose out through the port in the top. Adaptable, versatile and honed to perfection by master pack designers, The North Face Yavapai Backpack is a good-looking minimalist pack that rates high on the comfort scales.


  • 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 with variable-sized laptop sleeve, organization and hydration port
  • Secondary compartment with organization
  • Front stash pocket
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Compatible with most 15-inch laptops
  • Safety whistle located on chest buckle
  • Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
  • Volume: 1830 cu in, 30 liters
  • Weight: 2 lb 10 oz, 1182 g

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

33 Reviews

  • Great design: 8
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Build quality: 6
  • Great value: 5

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

33 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Seattle, WA
25-34 yrs

Great Backpack!
October 02, 2011

I got the orange/brown color and I LOVE it. It looks great, feels super sturdy and it sits well on my back. My old backpack ripped open and the zipper ripped off too, I can tell that this backpack is much more durable that my old one. I use it every workday for a 20 minute walk to to/from work - I can fit my my laptop, lunch, and gym clothes/shoes easily.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

I love it!!!
March 08, 2013

This bag is awesome. I like the color. It's easy to use and carry. I use it everyday in the college. It also good for traveling!!!

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

great deal!!
October 08, 2007

This backpack works great for school, it carries all my books and even my laptop! The price was right too! The straps make carrying a heavy load easy, definitely worthy of buying.

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

Bag is too good,,, worth it!!!!
February 01, 2012

My husband gifted me this bag, i love this very much, it's so comfy. when i opened the box, i felt it is too small, but you could carry many stuff, it has lot of room in it. i got a discount, its really worth buying. I am so happy.....

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
WeightPacks: 2 / 5
from CA
25-34 yrs

lugging books
October 12, 2010

I had the older version of this bag (from about 8 years ago), but the padding was no longer effective. It was a great bag, I took it all over the world for ski trips, mountain climbing, horseback trips. Now I'm in law school, and I needed a bag that could safely and comfortably hold a LOT of books and a laptop, pens and little things. I am very pleased with the padding and straps on this new version of Yavapai--it makes carrying the load much easier and less painful. All the storage pockets are handy and well-placed. However, the fabric is a lot thinner and cheaper-feeling than the older version. Maybe it makes it more lightweight? Maybe it's a new fancy type of waterpoof fabric? Also, the "black" is not black as described, it's a charcoal grey color. Solid backpack.

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

nice backpack
October 03, 2006

It is well designed and nice backpack. It has large capacity and haul lots of things including the laptop computer. It is nice backpack.

great backpack!!
January 30, 2008

Much lighter than my previous bag and holds everything that I need. Very comfortable to carry around and looks great as well!

Yavapai is Great!
January 27, 2010

I use it both for classes and when I'm out snowshoeing as a daypack, and it's perfect for both. I'll be using it in Glacier national park this March for some late season Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing in Wilderness area. It's tough, roomy enough for my gear needs, and I'll definitely eventually replace it with another Yavapai.

Exceeds expectations
December 08, 2009

The North Face Yavapai backpack has exceeded my expectations. Returning to graduate school, I needed a durable laptop backpack for my Sony Vaio FW series laptop. The laptop, in its Sony Vaio neoprene sleeve, fits snugly in the Yavapai. The Yavapai has many wonderful features as described and appears to be of solid construction. The backpack fits my petite frame comfortably. This is my first North Face product and I expect it will last well past grad school.

It's the shiznit!
April 12, 2010

This backpack is so great it fits my things just right and it's quite cheap. I use this everywhere I go.

Above Average rating
July 06, 2010

Overall quality of backpack was above average. Light and easy to carry. However, after only one week of using it, the backpack broke. Altrec's customer service was exceptional and the backpack was replaced immediately. Had the backpack not broken (most likely a defect), I would have rated product as great.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
35-44 yrs

Great Buy!
July 22, 2013

I ordered this backpack for my son who will be starting 2nd grade. He can not wait to get to use it! Love the color! The backpack is very spacious and should be perfect for all his stuff!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
25-34 yrs

best backpack I ever owned
February 17, 2012

i received this as a gift. It is very light. The material is durable. Its perfect for medical school to carry all my books and there is a separate laptop compartment, which is s huge plus. the blue with gray is a beautiful contrast, Love this backpack.

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

Best backpack ever.
January 31, 2008

I've used this bag aggressively for 5 and a half years. It is by far the best bag and I only wish they didn't stick that ugly triangle on the front pocket. I am starting to consider replacing it (with another Yavapai, of course) because, after more than 5 continuous years of use (summers and travel included), it is just starting to show its age. However, I believe it could last several more years at the rate I've been going.

Laptop fit, sturdy.
August 17, 2010

Like it, good construction, arrived when promised

Functional bag.
August 29, 2007

Ample space and easy to carry. Holds everything I need. Really like the opening at the top of the bag for the Ipod earphones.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

October 05, 2013

great backpack, lasts forever I've been using this bag for 5 years and it still looks almost like new.

Love it!
August 02, 2010

I am using my backpack for college and love it. It's perfect for my laptop and all the other things I need! Highly recommend it and no complaints.

Great Price! Better than eBay!
November 21, 2006

Excellent quality! I ordered black backpack and it looks great.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Quebec, Canada
35-44 yrs

Great backpack!
September 25, 2013

Great color and great quality with The North Face. This backpack will follow me everywhere.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Texas
18-24 yrs

Great Product!
February 06, 2011

This backpack is great! I needed a bigger backpack for school and this was a great size. The laptop sleeve is just what I needed. However, I do wish that the bag was a little bigger, there are 2 big pockets and a little one, but if that suits you, this is a great buy. The quality of this backpack is great, and I'm sure I'll be using it for many years to come!

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

awesome backpack
September 18, 2007

the recon could probably fit more books in it but the yavapai is much smaller and can easily fit into my tiny school locker

Fantabulous Backpack!!
April 08, 2010

I use this bag for school and for outside adventures. I currently have 5-6 1" binders and a small book in the backpack. I also just got back from Denver when I went back country downhill skiing. The bag worked great! I would highly recommend it! I have zero complaints...

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from South Carolina
35-44 yrs

January 31, 2012

Really nice bag that not only looks good, but is made well! You can use it everyday for work and carrying your laptop and easily convert it into a great vacationing backpack. It has multiple applications!

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

solid little bag
August 30, 2009

What you would expect from North Face, well built comfortable and it looks good too. I got this for my second go around at school. I needed a book bag that I could also use as a day pack when I was done. So far it has stood up well to the load of books needed for my 2nd degree...can't wait to retire it to the trails!

Great bag!!
October 08, 2007

I love this bag. It has room for my laptop and all of my books. It is much more comfortable to carry around than any other backpack I have ever had.

It is awsome for all activities
September 02, 2003

I have had mone for over a year, and it has been excellent for school and other things.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Sacramento, CA
55-64 yrs

Great Backpack
July 14, 2011

I LOVE this backpack. I had another brand, but it had no room and was really heavy even without a laptop in it. This one is much lighter weight yet sturdy and it doesn't hurt my back when carrying it. I love it. Will buy a regular backpack in the same brand.

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

Great product!
September 10, 2010

I love the North Face and their warranty policy. The backpack I bought is good looking, durable, and comfortable - everything I'd expect from The North Face and offered at a great price by Altrec! I'm very satisfied and pleased with my order.

Excellent fit for my needs.
March 15, 2010

Item well made. My laptop fits just right!

Great lightweight trekking
March 13, 2007

Great for lightweight short hikes or trail rides. Go with a camelbak for trail running as this is too large and jumps around a lot.

great bag
October 21, 2009

holds everything, very comfortable, and stylish.. perfect for school, work, and travel. If it ever wears out, I'll get another one.


Fits all
April 10, 2011

So far, this is one of the best backpacks I have purchased. Fits everything I need and more. The colors are unique and I get plenty of compliments. It's useful for everdsy as well as overnights and never feels too heavy. Great material has held up fine.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value

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