Our Favorite The North Face Backpacks Reviewed

  • October 7, 2020
  • / By Keith Terrell
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From the rocky trails to the smooth urban streets, a good backpack is the best way to carry all your gear, and buying a high-quality one can be the smartest decision to make. When you speak about quality, reliability, and durability, The North Face - or North Face as many people like to call it - is a renowned brand that manufactures the best backpacks to carry your belongings.

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Made for the outdoors and with climbing, hiking, mountaineering in mind, The North Face backpacks can surely handle anything you throw at them.

With over 50 years of experience in manufacturing outdoor equipment and apparel, The North Face manufactures backpacks made of premium-quality materials with a focus on offering you superior comfort. And, irrespective of wherever you want to go, there is a North Face backpack just for you.

With the variety of North Face backpacks available choosing the perfect one can be harder than you think. To help you to choose the best backpack for your needs, we have compiled a list of the best North Face backpacks that you can choose from. So, read on to know more.

The Borealis backpack is a classic and one of the most popular models of North Face. Small in size and compact, the backpack is quite lightweight and is excellent for a day trip, a short getaway, for commuters and students. The backpack is water-resistant so you need not worry about your gear getting damaged by rain or water.

The backpack has an interior that is designed to keep all your essentials organized. It has various compartments and pockets to segregate your stuff and the padding keeps your stuff safe and protected. All in all, the Borealis backpack is perfect for any type of situation.

TNF Borealis

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  • Dimensions: 19.75" x 13.25" x 9.75"
  • Capacity: 28 liters
  • Shoulder Drop: 15 inches
  • Easy-to-access pockets
  • Fleece-lined, padded 15-inch laptop sleeve
  • FlexVent suspension system
  • Injection-molded shoulder straps
  • Breathable lumbar panel and padded mesh back panel
  • 2 extendable mesh water bottle pockets, zip pockets, and fleece-lined external pockets
  • Removable waist belt
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle


With a capacity of 28 liters and plenty of pockets and compartments, the Borealis backpack has ample storage for all your gear. The front features laced bungee cords that allow you to stash away your stuff quickly. The backpack has a hydration port for your water bladder and 2 side mesh water bottle pockets, making it an excellent backpack for hiking, trekking, and backpacking.

The backpack has a large main compartment, a separate fleece-lined padded laptop sleeve that can fit laptops up to 15 inches, a secondary compartment with an in-built tablet sleeve, and a zippered fleece-lined front pocket for your smartphone, sunglasses, etc.  Made of durable ripstop nylon and polyester, the Borealis backpack is made to last.

The backpack features a padded breathable air mesh back panel and a lumbar panel, which makes it extremely comfortable to carry the bag. The injection-molded shoulder straps, removable hip belt, and a sternum strap enhance the carrying comfort. The Borealis backpack has quite a reasonable price tag, with the price starting at $80 and it comes in a wide range of attractive colors that you can choose from.


  • Durable
  • Good for daily use
  • The backpack has ample space.


  • The fleece-lined laptop sleeve is difficult to clean.
  • The backpack does not have adequate padding near the shoulders, which can make it quite uncomfortable to wear.

Our Verdict

The Borealis backpack from The North Face is a very versatile and functional bag. Available in around 40 colors and designs, you can find a backpack to fit your style. The only drawback is that the backpack is small in size and quite compact and may not be suitable for longer trips.

Jester Backpack

Made of high-quality, durable polyester, The North Face Jester Backpack is a great “everyday” backpack perfect for the urban hiker. Very lightweight, the backpack has several pockets and compartments to organize your stuff. The backpack has a unique design that makes the bag long-lasting.

The Jester backpack is very spacious and is very comfortable to carry even when it is full. With a capacity of 26 liters, the Jester backpack is a great multi-purpose backpack that can carry your books, clothes, or hiking essentials in comfort and style.

TNF Jester

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  • Dimensions: 18.8” x 14” x 7”
  • Capacity: 26 liters
  • Made of polyester
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • FlexVent injection-molded shoulder strap
  • Padded laptop pocket
  • Large main compartment
  • Zip closure
  • Bungee system
  • 2 side mesh pockets for water bottles
  • Removable hip belt
  • Front accessory pocket
  • LED light loop


The Jester backpack from North Face is a very versatile backpack for daily use. The backpack is very spacious and has many pockets and compartments to store all your gear. It has a bungee cord system in the front that allows you to stash your stuff for quick access.

The backpack has a large main compartment for your books and binders and a padded laptop sleeve that can fit laptops up to 15 inches. The Jester backpack has a front accessory pocket for your pens, sunglasses, phone, etc., an organization panel for your smaller stuff, an integrated clip for your keys, 2 side mesh water bottle pockets, and an LED light loop.

The Jester backpack has FlexVent molded shoulder straps, removable hip belt, and a sternum strap that offer additional support and improves carrying comfort significantly. Available in over 30 attractive colors and designs, the Jester backpack is an excellent backpack for commuting.


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Good-looking backpack
  • The air mesh panel on the back offers breathability and greater carrying comfort.


  • Small in size and cannot fit a lot of stuff
  • Quite bulky when filled to maximum capacity

Our Verdict

Designed specifically for women, the Jest backpack has a very ergonomic and comfortable design. With plenty of compartments to organize all your stuff and a comfortable padded shoulder strap, the backpack is very user friendly. Priced at less than $100, the North Face Jester backpack is a real value-for-money buy.

Youth Recon Squash

The North Face Youth Recon Squash is a kid’s version of the Recon backpack. This is an excellent all-round backpack for kids that’s great for school, as well as travel. The 17-liter backpack is versatile and multi-functional and a great bag to carry your child’s books, binders, and lunch to clothes and toys for a family vacation.

Great to use in school and outside, the Youth Recon Squash backpack comes in a wide range of vibrant colors and designs that young boys and girls are sure to love. What’s more? The backpack has plenty of pockets for all the essentials and gear and the sturdy padded straps offer excellent carrying comfort.

TNF Youth Recon

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  • Dimensions: 16” x 11.2” x 6
  • Capacity: 17 liters
  • Large main compartment
  • Zipper closure
  • Secure zip pocket
  • Mesh water bottle pockets
  • Stitched foam back panel
  • Reflective bike-light loop


The Youth Recon Squash backpack is very lightweight and compact, which makes it perfect for the busy and active lifestyle of a school-going child. The high-quality backpack is durable and can withstand all the rigors of school life. The backpack has plenty of features that both parents, as well as kids, are sure to love.

The backpack has a spacious main compartment to keep your child’s books, notebooks, binders, and lunch bag and it also has a padded laptop sleeve to keep your laptop or tablet safe. The backpack has an external secure zip pocket to keep your child’s precious gadgets and trinkets safe. The bag has an internal mesh pocket for essentials and 2 side mesh pockets for water bottles.

The backpack has a foam back panel that has been designed especially with kids in mind to ensure maximum carrying comfort. The backpack also has a reflective loop for a bike light. Starting at a low price of just $50, The North Face Youth Recon Squash backpack comes in a range of vivid and cool colors your child will adore.


  • The straps of the backpack are very easy to adjust.
  • Lightweight backpack
  • Good looking and functional


  • Smaller than expected
  • Not tall enough to fit binders

Our Verdict

If you’re looking for a cool, stylish, and high-quality backpack for your child that will last for many years to come, then you can’t go wrong with the Youth Recon Squash backpack from The North Face. This backpack can accommodate all your kid’s stuff and keep it protected while your child can focus on his/her academics while having fun at the same time.

Berkeley Backpack

The Berkeley Backpack from North Face is a simple backpack with a classic, timeless design. Whether you are looking for an everyday backpack or one for all your weekend activities, the Berkeley backpack has you covered. The 25-liter backpack offers ample space to carry all your belongings wherever you’re headed, to work, school, the gym, or traveling.

The Berkeley backpack is water-resistant and keeps all your belongings safe and protected. The backpack is quite lightweight, allowing you to carry it around comfortably. With its vintage design and cool accent colors, the Berkeley backpack is an excellent bag to own.

TNF Berkeley

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  • Dimensions: 16.2” x 12 x 6
  • Capacity: 25 liters
  • Made of 600D polyester
  • Large main compartment
  • Front pocket with zip closure
  • LED light attachment loop
  • Internal name label
  • Padded shoulder straps and back panel
  • Webbing grab handle


The North Face Berkeley Backpack has a classic look that is sure to be loved by both men and women. This unisex backpack is made of 600D polyester with 1200D polyester reinforcement that makes it durable.

The versatile 25-liter backpack has several compartments and pockets that can fit all your belongings. The backpack has a large main compartment, which is large enough for your books and binders or clothes for your weekend trip. It has a smaller secondary compartment for all your smaller essentials and a large zippered front pocket.

The Berkeley backpack has a webbing grab handle that lets you carry the bag comfortably and the padded shoulder straps and back panel help to increase the carrying comfort. The backpack has other features such as a loop for LED light attachment, an internal name label, and a TNF logo patch.


  • Practical backpack for everyday use
  • Sturdy and nice-looking backpack
  • Lightweight


  • The padding is not very comfortable.
  • The backpack does not have side pockets for water bottles.

Our Verdict

Overall, the Berkeley backpack from The North Face is a cool and stylish bag. Available in four exciting colors and at a price under $100, the North Face Berkeley Backpack is an excellent buy.

Terra 65

If you’re an avid outdoor adventurer and are looking for a reliable and durable backpack to carry along on all your backpacking, hiking or overnight trips, then The North Face Terra 65 is a versatile and comfortable backpack. The Terra 65 backpack has a 65-liter capacity and the user-friendly slim and lightweight design offers all-day comfort, making the backpack a journeyman’s favorite.  

The backpack is extremely lightweight, which allows you to cover a lot of ground comfortably and quickly. The backpack is easy to use and offers durability and comfort on the trail. Overall, the North Face Terra 65 has plenty of features that make it an excellent multi-day technical backpack.

TNF Terra 65

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  • Dimensions: 31" x 14" x 9.25"
  • Capacity: 65 liters
  • Optifit suspension system
  • 7 pockets
  • Vertical mesh channel
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment
  • Hip belt
  • Shoulder harness


The Terra 65 backpack from The North Face is a great hiking backpack with its high-volume 65-liter capacity and a zippered compartment for a sleeping bag. The backpack features the Optifit suspension system that enhances balance and comfort.

The Optifit suspension along with the load spreading hip belt and sleek padded shoulder harness allows you to hoist the load comfortably. The Terra 65 is a versatile backpack having a simple design that keeps all your stuff well-organized to enable easy access. The backpack has a vertical back mesh channel that keeps you well-ventilated and cool.

The Terra 65 backpack is equipped with several pockets that allow you to access your stuff easily while on the move. Made from durable polyester material, the Terra 65 backpack will last you for a long time. The backpack has all the features that make it an excellent overall backpack that’s available at a very attractive price.


  • Durable and comfortable
  • Good quality
  • Quite spacious


  • Does not have a rain cover
  • Does not have sufficient organizational pockets

Our Verdict

Whether you’re an amateur or an experienced backpacker, the Terra 65 backpack is simple, yet versatile. The pack offers straightforward organization and no-nonsense features. The backpack meets the requirements for a wide range of adventurers and is a solid choice if you’re looking for a traditional backpack at a budget price.

About The North Face

The North Face is an American brand that specializes in outdoor gear and apparel for travelers, campers, hikers, etc. Started in 1966, the company is synonymous with the outdoors. The North Face has a large product range that includes tents, coats, fleeces, sleeping bags, camping and travel accessories, and backpacks. With gear designed to aid you in venturing off the grid, The North Face brings out the adventurer in you.

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"The North Face" essentially refers to the mountain’s north face, which is generally considered to be the toughest and coldest route to the mountain peak. And, The North Face gear is designed for the hardest of journeys that you can undertake.

The North Face Story

The North Face has been named after the coldest and the most challenging side of a mountain face and the brand has been instrumental in helping explorers reach even the heights of the challenging Himalayas. However, the story of The North Face brand began in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, which is situated at an altitude of just around 150 feet above sea level.

In 1966, it was in North Beach that Douglas Tompkins and Susie Tompkins, his wife, 2 hiking enthusiasts, decided to start up a small mountaineering store. Right from the start, The North Face brand has been dedicated to serving everyone who has a keen desire to explore the outdoors. The brand is also committed to conserving the wild natural lands.

At the heart of everything, The North Face is guided by the belief that exploration helps to create a permanent relationship with the outdoors and inspires people to safeguard their land and hand on these values and beliefs to the further generations.

The small mountaineering store was known as The North Face and sold high-performance backpacking and climbing equipment. In the year 1968, the company moved base to the other side of the San Francisco Bay to tap the potential of the Berkeley area. The company started designing and manufacturing technical mountaineering equipment and apparel.

Through the 1960s, the brand gained popularity among avid outdoor enthusiasts and they started sponsoring expeditions to several parts of the world. This saw the launch of The North Face’s motto, “Never Stop Exploring”, the credo which the brand follows even today.

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In the early 1980s, the brand added ski wear to its product portfolio. By the end of the 80s, The North Face was the only supplier offering a complete range of high-performance skiwear, outerwear, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks in the United States.

In the 1990s, The North Face broadened the world that it helped adventurers to explore and they made their debut in sportswear with the launch of Tekware, which was an innovative range designed to offer hikers, rock climbers, trail runners, backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts with the best in terms of fit, as well as function. The North Face logo started appearing regularly on high-country trails, marathon courses, and big walls.

In the 2000s, The North Face launched its range of trail-running and trekking shoes and addressed the top-to-toe needs of outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts. The brand kept expanding its outdoor markets and then launched 2 revolutionary products – Fuseform and Thermoball.

Fuseform transformed manufacturing as it revolutionized the production of technical apparel and Thermoball essentially introduced synthetic insulation that imitated the characteristics of down.

Now, after over 50 years since its humble beginnings, The North Face offers a wide range of high-performance apparel, footwear, and equipment that enables you to push your boundaries of exploration. Today, The North Face is the No. 1 choice of mountaineers, climbers, endurance runners, extreme skiers, explorers, and snowboarders across the globe.

Reasons to Choose a North Face Backpack

The North Face brand is timeless and has been around since its inception in 1966. The brand is popular for its world-class outdoor gear, apparel, shoes, equipment, and backpacks. The backpacks designed and manufactured by The North Face are geared to meet any outdoor challenge.

Hiking Trail

So whatever corner of the world you are headed to, whatever adventure you’re tackling or whatever climate you are in, a North Face backpack can keep all your belongings safe and protected.

The North Face backpacks are popular for several reasons. The North Face brand is very reliable, the backpacks are durable and can endure wear and tear over long periods of time. The backpacks come in a range of sizes, shapes, models, colors, and prices and whatever may be the type of backpack you need, you’re sure to find a The North Face bag to suit your needs.


The North Face is among the most advanced brands when it comes to backpacks. The backpacks have in-built innovative suspension systems that offer ultimate comfort despite how much load you’re carrying or how long you’re carrying the pack on your back.


The North Face backpacks are built to last for very long despite the use and abuse you put them through. The structure and material of the backpacks are sturdy and rugged and can deliver dependable functionality.

Unique Features

The unique design and features are what make The North Face backpacks special. Here are some of them:

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  • FlexVent: The FlexVent feature essentially puts space between the backpack and your back and shoulders and maximizes ventilation. These are especially great when coupled with the pack’s lumbar supports that helps to reduce around 10% of the strain that one experiences while carrying a backpack.
  • Unique Designs: The backpacks from North Face have unique designs that can make you stand out. All their backpacks have loads of design elements and features that make them unique while making them functional.
  • Fleece-Lined Pockets: The North Face was the first brand to introduce fleece-lined pockets in their backpacks, which is a great way to keep your fragile items, mobile phone, and sunglasses protected and safe.


The North Face is one of the most popular brands in the world and is renowned for its functional, sturdy, and stylish backpacks. We hope that after reading our review, you are able to select the best The North Face backpack that will be your ideal ally in all your everyday adventures.