From the campus to the trail.
When it comes to your hiking gear and school work, The North Face Jester Backpack isn't joking around. The main compartment should be large enough to fit all your textbooks, and there's a secondary compartment for your hiking gear so you don't turn in a bag of trail mix instead of your final paper. The Jester also features a padded sleeve that fits most 15-inch laptops, and mesh side pockets give you space for your water bottles. The breathable FlexVent shoulder straps stretch at your every move, and the air-mesh back panel provides the cushioning and breathability you need whether you're biking the city or hiking a trail.
- Polyester fabrics
- Floating padded laptop pocket
- FlexVent suspension system and padded mesh back panel
- Mesh water bottle pockets
- Reflective bike light loop, water bottle tabs, and shoulder strap webbing
- Sternum strap with whistle
- Item #TNF01G3
- Q & A
A simple, durable backpack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a bomb-proof bag built to withstand years of wear - quality stitching, strong materials (zipper and fabric), and well-padded throughout. However, I ended up returning mine because it lacked some key features I require for a bag that could be on my back for 10 years. There are no compression straps, which makes for an awkward carry if you have just a few items. There was also no port to run a hydration tube through. Finally, I felt like the bag was missing a small, easy access compartment (maybe on top) for things like keys or headphones. While the other compartments are spacious, they seemed to swallow some small items. Make no mistake, this is a no-fuss quality backpack but without some of the bells-and-whistles that you might need.
This backpack is the definition of quality. There is a certain expectation brands like The North Face really set the bar at and this backpack sure does not fall under that bar. First off, the looks alone are just clean and crisp. Not too flashy (which I like) and has real solid color options that can go perfectly with any mountain apparel. Second off, the durability. Very strong zippers that don't seem to be wearing or breaking any time soon. Also, different pocket sizes are a plus with me on this product because I have many small knick knacks that I like to travel with as well as bigger items that I don't want to get mixed together. Smaller items in the front compartment and bigger items in the main larger compartment. Works out great. Overall I've had a great experience with this product and would recommend it to anyone out there looking for a backpack.
Not the old Jester
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Owned a previous version of the Jester from 4yrs ago. Loved it until it got stolen 2 weeks ago. Bought this version immediately after and liked the look. Was very comfortable. Things I noticed had changed: 1. Smaller capacity; 2. Shallow side mesh pockets (my old water bottle fell out repeatedly); 3. Slanted bottom meant it didn't stand well when you laid it on a table to get things out; 4. there were no zipper covers so if it rained the zippers had no coverage; 5. no waist belt. Just not sure why they altered a good thing so drastically.
Best bang for the buck
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
What first attracted me to this bag was the color. It’s a combination of black, gray and white… finally a sweet set of colors so I bought it on that alone…. but also know that the North Face makes a great product and stands behind it. When I got the bag I was pleasantly surprised to see that the North Face have much improved their build quality over the last 5 years. Construction is great. Space planning including for the all necessary laptop is well designed. At this price, get it.
North Face Jester backpack
I purchased the Jester backpack as a replacement backpack for my 13 year old daughter. She's very picky and wanted something plain and roomy and I wanted something budget-friendly and durable . This backpack fits these requirements perfectly! She can fit her multiple binders, lunch bag and pencil pouch with no problem.
Is this bag waterproof or water resistant