A great pack without all the bells and whistles; okay, maybe one whistle.
- Back panel has a vertical mesh channel to provide a layer of cool air between your body and the pack
- Soft tricot hip-belt hugs your waist and spreads the load to your tree-trunk legs
- Convenient side-access to main compartment lets you get to your extra layers quickly
- Side and front compression straps can be used to carry skis or a snowboard for long tours
- Sternum strap has a built-in whistle for backcountry emergencies
- Maximum load capacity is 50lb (23kg)
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Not for tall people!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this pack for pretty much everything, for just over a year. Overnighters, sport climbing, and even just as a suit case sometimes, it does the trick. There is nothing wrong with the pack, but it fits really awkwardly if you're tall.
I am 6'1" and I couldn't stand how it sat on my back. I spent hours trying to adjust it to sit better, but I eventually gave up and returned it. I wouldn't recommend this pack for anyone taller than 5'10" or 5'11".
27.75" x 13.5" x 8
Great Overnight Pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Its a great, light, comfortable pack that makes getting from point A to B a lot more comfortable. It is made well, very sturdy and if you pack on the lighter side will work great as an over night bag for either tent or hammock camping. The longest trip I have used it on is a 3 day/2 night and taking 3L of water in my camelback it fit all the essentials and then a few extra items. Its a great overnight pack and I would recommend it to anyone.
Side Access Secure when closed
When I first loaded it up I was worried that it might come open or the zipper might tear but its a quality zipper and with the two compression straps reaching across it there's no chance its coming open unless I want it to.
Main compartment side-access open
When I bought the pack I didn't really know much about the side access other than it was there and without ever having a pack that had this feature it was a very useful surprise. Also I thought I would point it out since the video skipped it.
Opti Fit - not so much
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just received this pack and I am really disappointed in the minimal amount of size adjustment it allows. Considering that some other packs employing North Face opti fit have really slick engineering for adjustability, I was surprised that the shoulder and hip straps on the Terra 45 are completely fixed, with somewhat short length and range for padding. I know ultimately its my fault for not researching the pack visually more, but in a "one size fits most" pack I didn't think 5'11" and 44" chest/torso would be outside the tolerable range. Sweet pack for pockets, frame, and design, just a terrible fit for me.
Great backpack, if you travel light
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought the Terra 45 in preparation for a week of backpacking through Jordan. I was impressed with it in every way. Compartments are accessible and very well designed. My favorite aspect was how comfortably it sat on my back and distributed its weight. The construction is extremely durable, withstanding the sandstone rocks of the Jordanian desert without a tear.
Ultimately; excellent build quality and design in a size small enough for you to carry on an airplane. The only reason I wouldn't buy this backpack is if you need more space to store your things. I found the Terra 45 to be plenty of space for one week.
I wanted to love this pack, but....
This pack looks cool and I wanted to love it, but sometimes good looks just don't cut it.
I purchased this pack to use for overnight/weekend backpacking , but found that it was way too small to fit everything I needed.
The sleeping bag compartment is ridiculously undersized for anything other than the most compact down bags. I had read other reviews that said that same thing, but figured people were just exaggerating. After witnessing it first hand, I can now attest that those reviews are indeed accurate. If you have a synthetic bag, I would definitely look elsewhere, as your bag will likely not fit.
Another problem I had with this pack is the lack of a floating top. Yes, a fixed top may look better, however, in a practical application it just doesn't work. I found that with the pack fully loaded, it was difficult to get the top lid over the drawstringed portion of the pack.
This pack would be great as a daypack, but to market it as a multi-day pack is misleading.
Great for travel and backpacking
If you need a backpacking backpacking but don't want something HUGE look no further. 45L is the perfect size for weekend backpacking trips and I use this as my carry on too, theres plenty of space in the overhead bin for it, i bet a the terra 55 would fit as well. Im only 5'4'' and this pack is a good size. I took this up Whitney 8 months ago and it held up well carrying about 35-40 pounds. The only thing i dont really like to much about this backpack is its lack of amenities like straps for carrying things on the bottom, small pockets on the belt of shoulder straps, and a raincover.
Bought for light trips.
- Gender: Male
I saw this backpack at a retailer and immediately loved the way the bag looked. Once I tried it on, I knew I had to own it. This coming from someone who had used a North Face Hot Shot for about 10+ years, mainly because it lasted that long and still doing fine, but partly because I couldn't find anything I liked until now. What I like about this backpack: Comfort, the padding is soft it feels great lugging the pack around. Style, once I tried it on at the retail store, I knew I had to buy it (from Backcountry of course). Size, I know a Terra 45 is not big enough for some extreme backpacking trips, but it is fine for the things I will use it for. What I didn't like about the backpack: No raincover included. I checked the North Face site and the EU site for this product has the rain cover included with the pack, the US site does not, which leads me to believe that the US people got the shortend of the stick. I paid another $16 to buy the rain cover from Backcountry. Other than that, I knew what I was getting myself into since I kind of showroomed it, there aren't any surprises when I received the backpack in the mail. Here's to another 10+ years before I will need to invest in another North Face backpack!
Bought for hiking trip
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought this for a planned hiking trip in New Zealand (Milford Trek) which spans 33 miles over 5 days. Leaving in just over 2 weeks, so I have packed this thing to the brim and although there isn?t a lot of extra space, I have jam packed in all I hope I?ll need for the trip. I choose a smaller backpack, because on the longest day of our hike, we?ll be traversing 14 miles and I?d prefer to keep it as light as possible. There isn?t room for a sleeping bag and what not (which for this organized trek we travel between hotels), but for me I squeezed in a backpack rain cover, 8 Smartwool PHD socks (4 boot and 4 low-profile) and 8 sock liners, NTS base layer lightweight top and bottoms, PHD HyFi full zip jacket, 5 non-cotton t-shirts (U.A. Catalyst, TNF Reaxion and Flex Crew), Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters, NEOS Trekker OverShoes, TNF Venture Jacket and Side-Zip pants, CamelBak 100 oz water reservoir & a spare pair of Salomon 3D Ultra 2 GTX low-profile shoes in the bottom of the bag ? plus all the other accessories (international adapters, LifeProof iPhone 5 cover, undies ? toilettes etc). I was able to squeeze this stuff in by using these compression zip-lock bags I found buried in my closet. Squeeze all the air out and things pack better then you?d expect!
Made it up Kili
Did a great job holding up the conditions. Just too small for holding TNF Cats Meow, so I'm sending it back. Great back otherwise. Comfy!
The North Face Terra 45
i was wondering if this pack will hold...
i was wondering if this pack will hold enough gear for two nights. if not atleast one night? I usually carry a tarp instead of a tent. if it isn't big enough if i go with terra 65 is the bag gonna be baggy with out carrying a tent on shorter trips.
If you pack lightish you should be able to swing it fine.
Once you get in all the gear that you need for 1 night, adding more nights is really just adding food. If you can do 1 night, 2-3 will be pretty easy. That's what I've found anyway.
def enough space, you can rig stuff to the side straps too. Thats how i carry my sleeping pad and tent.
Then i put my sleeping bag in the bottom of the pack and have more than enough space for a week +.
With my sleeping bag in the bottom, my sleep pad wrapped around it, my tent or tarp strapped to the outside, I'm able to pack enough clothes and food for a week. Mind you, I only take one xtra pair of pants and and lite shirt, plus what I'm wearing. So one to two nights shouldn't be a problem.
Update: This pack is heavy to me now, I am now an Ultralight backpacker and the weight of this pack is more than half of my total baseweight! But for what it is its very comfortable and durable, its just too big for me now.
i took out the removable heavy aluminum pieces and dropped half a pound on this thing. Now my pack weight is a right around 3 lbs. I left the plastic insert just for a little reinforcment. But even that isnt nessecary, the foam padding is pretty thick and nice.
This pack is stronger than an Osprey, maybe a little heavier but you get a pack that you can stuff and it wont bust.
My big 3 weight is now 10.2 pounds!!! and almost forgot, this thing is actually comfortable!! And it has a bunch of adjusters. I would reccomend this pack to an ultralighter looking to spend a week in the woods.
I'm going to be traveling to Hawai'i here...
I'm going to be traveling to Hawai'i here for a couple months. I want to pack as light as possible, but still pack a small sleeping bag inside. Will this Terra 45 fit what I need and still pass through for a carry-on? I have read some reviews and it seems as though it can go both ways, but this pack doesn't seem that big? Any thoughts?
As far as size, 45 to me is good for carrying minimal clothes, gear, but not too big to fit as a carry on. It may be too small if you have a good amount of stuff though for a few months. If you have a compression sack with your small sleeping bag, then I'd say it's doable considering your clothing will all be warm weather stuff for the most part.
North Face Terra 45
This is a well built pack which I bought to use as a larger style day pack, as I tend to be one of those "all but the kitchen sink" kind of guys when packing survival gear for my forays in Upstate New York. As mentioned in another review, the top opening is enough to drive me nuts, as its hard to get stuff in and out of the bag, as the opening is way too small in my opinion. You all but need a shoe horn to wedge stuff in and out of the bad.
On the terra 45 north face backpack what...
On the terra 45 north face backpack what size does it fit. I am 6-4 and 250 lbs. And have a long upper body. I can't find anything that tells what it fits in inches. Will it fit me. I can wear a 21 inch pack.
The North Face pack actually tend to fit pretty long so you would probably be good to go in this pack. If you want a really nice fit pack then you might want to step up to an osprey or something around there but these are good starter packs.
Will this bag hold a 3 person tent, sleeping...
Will this bag hold a 3 person tent, sleeping bad and pad and enough clothes for 2-3 days?
No, I would recommend at least 3200cu in to fit that gear for 3 days. I imagine you have 1-2 other people going with you since you have a 3-person tent, so if you split up the tent and other gear, you will be able to fit everything you need in 3200+ cu in.
If you are going to be the only one carrying the tent and all your gear, I'd say step up to a 3400+ cu in backpack.
I agree, I can barely fit a 2p tent, 850 fill 30 degree bag, neo air, and necessary gear in a 55L bag.
This bag would not be big enough to put all the stuff you listed into. To me, its more of a day pack than for extended use.
How come none of these The North Face packs...
How come none of these The North Face packs have the Rain Cover? Spire, Terra, Prophet? How water proof/resistant is the material?
Most packs don't come with a rain cover. You usually have to purchase one separately. The fabric will resist a light amount or drizzle or short periods of rain (1-2 minutes), but if you are expecting rain, definitely pick up a rain cover.