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Don't get weighed down by a bunch of features you don't need on your next backcountry outing. Get The North Face Terra 45 Backpack and carry only what you need for a night or two. It has plenty of space for your gear, regardless of the season or activity, and has a range of pockets to keep it all organized and accessible.

  • 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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3 5

Does the job

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I needed a good backpack for one and two night alpine camping trips. I was looking to not break the bank, but really wanted good quality that would last me a while and be comfortable enough for a few hours trekking with a heavy load.
Pros: durable, comfortable and a good size. (I split the tent with my boyfriend so that saves me space).
Cons: No rain cover for the backpack.

Unanswered Question

Hi all, I am planning a 3.5 week trip...

Hi all, I am planning a 3.5 week trip around Europe and currently have a Kathmandu (60L I think) which is just far too big and when full I end up buggering my back. So I am looking for something a little smaller, but that will fit everything I need. I am a fairly light packer and won't be taking sleeping gear. I am 168cm tall, female. I would also love for the pack I purchase now, be big enough to take to Nepal (Everest Base Camp) and India (Delhi to Goa), for around 1.5 months next year. Will this be big enough? But not too big that will be a hindrance to carry around?
Thanks in advance!

5 5

Great for Air Travel!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I had this bag stuffed as full as it could possibly be, and it slid right into the smallest overhead compartment I have ever encountered on an airplane. (The compartment was over a single row of seats between the window and the aisle) Also love the pack, plenty of convenient straps.

Responded on

Michael, what airway did you use? I'll be taking a trip in 20ish days and I already have this backpack and am concerned it won't fit the carry-on specifications, meaning a $70 charge for me! I will be taking US Airways. Thanks.

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I've taken this pack on Delta and Southwest at least a dozen times on planes of all different sizes and have never had trouble getting my bag on with me.

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Has anyone taken this pack on overnight...

Has anyone taken this pack on overnight ski tours?

I would like a backpack to travel around...

I would like a backpack to travel around Europe staying in hostels for 2 weeks. Is this one suitable or is it just too small? Do you recommend another one?

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Hey Nick,

I think for the price you are going to have a hard time beating this pack. Since you will be staying in hostels you wont have to worry about packing a tent, which will free up a lot of space for other gear so this only being a 45L pack will probably do you well.

I measured my torso and the lenght is...

I measured my torso and the lenght is 21-22, not more.

And I'm 5'11, I think the backpack is perfect for me.

Thanks for everything. :)

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Hey Cristian,

This pack is designed to fit a torso length from 19 -22 inches and a waist/hip from 34-44 inches. At 5'9" my torso length in about 20 inches so I would wager you are probably towards the upper end of that measurement while being at the lower end of the hip measurement. Check your torso length but I would be willing to wager that this is going to be a great pack for you and your three-day hike.

I'm a little concerned that Backcountry...

I'm a little concerned that Backcountry only sells "One Size". I'm a 5'4" about 125 lbs girl. Will their "One Size" fit me or will it be too large? Thank you so much!

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At 5'4'' and 125 lbs, my best guess would be this pack is going to run large on you. See the tech specs below that I was able to find:

Torso Length: 19-22 Inches
Waist Size: 34-44 Inches
Adjustable Torso: No

If you are proportional at 5'4" and me being able to picture some of my female hiker friends that match your height and weight nearly exactly, I'd suggest against this pack.

My 5'4" hiker friends have had great luck with Deuter packs since they've got adjustable torsos.

If you're looking at packs in the 45 litre range, I'd check out the following products (item #'s) :


Jared D.
800.409.4502 ext 4055

5 5

Great for light traveling

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really love that bag, really good system of pockets especially open bottom when i put rope and take it out first.
Bag is comfortable.

Great for light traveling
3 5

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".

5 5

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

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

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.

2 5

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.

5 5

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.

3 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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!