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Big Shots always need to have everything at their fingertips.

How much gear, or how many books, can The North Face Big Shot Backpack handle? With 2015 cubic inches of capacity, the answer is 'a lot,' which means you’re going to be toting one heavy load, especially if you’ve packed a 17-inch laptop into the special sleeve. But thanks to the Backsaver ergonomically angled bottom panel, load adjustment straps on the pack’s padded straps, and the extra-comfortable Exolite back panel, you’re ready for this big job.
  • Organizer in the main compartment keeps your electronics and other essentials in their place
  • Two front vertical pockets give you easy access to maps, tickets, and other important items
  • Pack’s hydration port lets you turn your laptop sleeve into a water bladder pocket
  • Side stretch pockets carry your water bottles or other beverages
  • Stowable waist-belt keeps pack from bouncing around when you’re active
  • Sternum strap includes safety whistle, just in case
  • Bottom compression straps hold a sleeping bag, pad, or jacket
  • Daisy chain loops along the front give you more places to clip extra gear

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4 5

fits my 17" dell

I was looking for a replacement for my large Oakley "surf pack," since it wasn't very comfortable with a large load of books plus my computer (Dell Inspiron 1764). It's hard to find a backpack that fits such a large computer. I gave my girlfriend a north face recon for her birthday (it fit her computer but not mine), and I noticed that the Big Shot was slightly larger than the recon, so I ordered this backpack a couple months later. It's very comfortable. I took it on a short trip with a couple days' worth of clothing (not a backpacking trip), took it on a 16-mile day hike with no issues, short mountain bike ride (not a rough trail, but I'm sure the pack would be alright with a light to medium load), and I plan to use it once school starts up again (hopefully it will be good for urban bike commutes).

The vertical zipper pockets on the front are good for a camera, ipod and other accessories, but I wish they had some sort of organizational pockets inside them (I end up stacking items on top of each other). However, the organizational panel on the inside of the main compartment does well enough. I haven't flown with it yet, but the streamlined design will probably do well on the plane (it's not as bulky as my old pack). The compression straps are great to have!

One complaint is that the water bottle pockets aren't quite tall enough to hold a 1-liter nalgene, but they do well enough.

Looking for a backpack for everyday use...

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Looking for a backpack for everyday use at elementary school. Needs to hold folders and papers with enough room so not to bend or tear schoolwork.

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It should work great for an every day school bag for elementary, high school and college with plenty of room for binders and papers.It also works well las a day hiking pack. I think it looks killer in the khaki, but that's just me :) Good Luck!

5 5

Extremely comfortable

By far the most comfortable daypack (bookbag) I've ever worn. I can easily carry 2 large textbooks, a 3-ring binder, and my Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop. Not to mention it also has several small, medium, & large pockets (inside the main compartment) to carry pens, pencils, phone, calculator, ipod, etc.

Hey can the bag comfortably hold a 16.4...

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Hey can the bag comfortably hold a 16.4 inch laptop? I have the Sony Vaio F series that I often take to university

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You should be ok with that size laptop but it will be a snug fit.

5 5

A great backpack all around

I bought this backpack for traveling and I wanted one that had a lot of space. So far, it has been great. I use it for school and for travel. It works great as a carry-on when flying so that I don't have to pay for a checked bag. I love the laptop space for it. It is very padded on the bottom so that your computer doesn't get damaged. I hope this will last me as long as my other backpack.

I've noticed that TNF backpacks are quite...

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I've noticed that TNF backpacks are quite stiff upon receipt. Does this pack "break in" in a short period of time. I just don't want to struggle with it when I take it on campus the first day of using it. Thanks!

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I haven't used this exact model, but I have used other North Face packs, and yes I'd say they do lose a good deal of their initial stiffness relatively quickly. The back panel is designed to retain some stiffness but it certainly wont' be as stiff as it is as new for too long.

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The back of the bag is stiff for the laptop. Over time though, the rest of the bag will loosen up. I thought the same thing when mine first arrived.

4 5

Great school/day hike Bag

Has a nice laptop pocket and a lot of places to put all your school supplies. Can carry 4 large textbooks, laptop, and a lot of your school stuff. Then on the weekends you can place your camel-back in the laptop pocket and put your supplies for the day in the rest of the bag. Comfortable and has many adjustable features

TNF Big Shot Backpack

TNF Big Shot Backpack

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Side view of the pack with only a few items stored in it.

TNF Big Shot Backpack

TNF Big Shot Backpack

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My wife wearing the Big Shot pack. Great pack for day hikes or general wear.

5 5

Nice Pack

This is a very comfortable pack if you keep the weight down. Mesh backing keeps your back cool and the shoulder straps are padded enough to keep them from digging into your shoulders.

About 2,000 cubic inches which is big enough for a day hiker or someone carrying for school. Side pockets hold a Nalgene bottle and (2) easy access pockets. Unpadded hip belt for stability. The daisy loops are a nice feature.

4 5

Good, not great for school

Comfortable on short-medium length hikes. The foam-air-mesh back works well enough. I really like that it has two compression straps both sides which also help to hold water bottles. Straps are comfortable. Large main compartment (can easily hold two books, and 1.5" binder along with fleece jacket and 17" laptop). Great for carrying lots of stuff around school/camping/etc.

The pencil/doodads sleeve is built directly into the main compartment and don't close off. This isn't a problem until you accidentally lay your bag down and all stuff falls out and mixes in with the books and binders.