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Carry your gear to fun or not-so-fun destinations.

Carry your computer and lunch to work, textbooks and binders to school, or snacks and layers to the mountain in The North Face Borealis Backpack. Loading up the Borealis with what you need is not an issue, thanks to the generous capacity and an angled bottom panel that keeps the weight in the pack close to your body. Your back will thank you while you tote your stuff in style.

  • Front organizer compartment and front stash pocket keep your electronics and other essentials in their places
  • Padded laptop sleeve holds up to a 17-inch computer
  • Laptop sleeve doubles as water bladder pocket thanks to included hydration port
  • Breathable, padded airmesh back panel increases carrying comfort
  • Front bungee shock cords hold overflow items like a jacket
  • 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

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5 5

Not the right pack for kids

Ordered two of these for my two boys (ages 9 and 10) who really wanted a North Face backpack to start the school year. Unfortunately, the Borealis did not fit the bill. It's too heavy due to the laptop pocket, which we don't need, and there also is too little space inside for packing binders and books. Should have done my research before ordering! We exchanged for the North Face Jester. Last year's version has more space inside and is lighter.

5 5

Good student/computer pack

The laptop storage space has some nice protective padding at the bottom. This space will accommodate up to a 15" laptop with no problem.

The water bottle holders on the outside hold bottles securely (unlike some similar packs). There is a good selection of pockets and spaces for pens, calculators, keys, and books. I like the compression straps, the sternum strap, and non-removable waist belt. The mesh padding helps keep your back dry. The zippers are nice and beefy.

Identical to TNF Recon (item# TNF5572) which sports front mesh pocket.

5 5

Great Buy

I hike, camp, and backpack and bought this pack to use during those activities. I have yet to take it out on a day/weekend trip yet but it's proven to be quite useful and versatile already. I have been using it to carry my laptop and paperwork to school as a teacher. I also coach wrestling and lacrosse and I have used the pack to carry lacrosse balls, wrestling shoes, shirts, shorts, socks, and clipboards. I've also used it as a weekend bag. This pack has been great with the only negative being the angled bottom that helps keep the items loaded closer to your back. Where I enjoy the added comfort of the design of pack it takes away from the capacity of packing clothing into the main compartment. I have only been using this bag for a few weeks after buying it brand new so this one negative may be short lived because I know that backpacks need some time to break in and will stretch a little bit. Overall, the Borealis is a great, versatile pack that's well worth it!

5 5

Back Saver

Got this backpack for dayhikes, the sturdy backing is a relief on the back. The way the pack is constructed, it's made to sit high on your back and it is also recommened by the ACA (American Chiropractic Association).

This one is a winner!!!

hey i am 4foot8 will this bag look do big...

hey i am 4foot8 will this bag look do big on me ???

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I will look a little big. But it really depends on what you need the bag for. Do you need the space, then why be bothered if it looks a little too large on you? So if you haven't already thought of it, contemplate what you will be transporting and how often you will make use of all 1650cu. Hope it helps.

I've noticed that the majority of TNF...

I've noticed that the majority of TNF backpacks are quite stiff (material). Does the material "break in" and relax a bit after a short period of time? I just don't want to struggle with the pack accessing my contents on the first week of using it. Thank you!

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It does "break in",but not in one week's time - more in a month's time

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It will soften over time but it is not going to be anything drastic. I haven't found the materials to be an issue with TNF products.

4 5


at 6' 180lbs it was too small for me. Its lots of pockets inside and out. Great pads on back and straps, xxx whistle - its got it all for a smaller frame like my lovely wifes (5'3")

5 5

Great do-it-all grab bag

I have used my Borealis for everything from commuting, doing trips to the Mid-East and as a baby bag when my kids were small. Great bag for just about any use.

5 5


I ordered the North Face Borealis backpack for school and it is very nice. I would recomend it for anyone who likes style,durability,and comfort...if not then this isnt the pack for u. Ive actually never had product from The North Face that hasent exceeded my expectations.

5 5

he loves it

it was for my son and he loves it theres nothing he dose not like about it

1 5

North Face Borealis Backpack

I bought the backpack for my son who is in college. I returned the backpack because it was not as big as I thought it would be and because the coloring on it was more black and pink than black and red.

I do have to say that Backcountry was a great Web site to work with and I had no problems returning the product.

Is this backpack a suitable size for an 8...

Is this backpack a suitable size for an 8 year old? I need a pack that can work for school and hiking.

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I dont know if you were able to get a good pack or not but I would recommend the Isabella and maybe even the Angstrom... these are a lot better sized packs and are still bearing the TNF symbol