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When you get the itch to leave the civilized world and your locked car behind for the weekend, stuff your necessities in a pack that adjusts to fit your body like The North Face Terra 65 Backpack. The North Face’s Opti Fit lets you adjust the shoulder harness to fit your exact body type, with the help of an included tool that measures your torso length. The dialed fit that you get with the Terra 65 and the painless backpacking bliss that results cannot be understated.

  • Back panel has a vertical mesh channel to keep the load cool against your back
  • Long side-entry zipper lets you access your food stash without unpacking and repacking every time you need a snack
  • Shoulder harness not only adjusts, but is soft and pre-curved for the long haul
  • Hip-belt transfers the load to your ever-strengthening hiker legs
  • New zippered sleeping bag compartment design (2010) lets you access it from the bottom without disturbing the rest of your load
  • Sternum strap comes with emergency whistle for when you get incredibly lost
  • Side and top compression straps double as ski/snowboard carry for long tours
  • Max load weight: 60 pounds

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5 5

Awesome pack!

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

Just got back from a two week trip to Japan, and this pack was really great for urban trekking! Definitely, worth picking this up, especially for the sale price ($118)!

The heavy duty hip belt and chest straps are great, and really save your back and shoulders... This bag isn't overly technical, but has the right amount of pockets and features for my taste. You can access the inside of the pack from the top, side, and bottom which is useful if you just need to quickly grab something without unpacking. The bottom compartment I found really useful for carrying an extra pair of shoes. The compartment on the top of the bag is great for accessing smaller items you need to retrieve quickly like sunglasses or hat... etc. Also, there are two lanyard type attachments in the bag which are good for keeping you keys safe, while you're traveling.

I plan to put this bag to the test on some camping trips in the near future. Its big enough to fit your sleeping bag and a one person tent.

Definitely recommend this bag!

p.s. I was able to get this bag on the plane as a carry on, which was amazing to be able to carry everything you need in one bag and not have to check luggage.

Does this model have hip belt pockets?

Does this model have hip belt pockets?

What year model is this pack. According...

What year model is this pack. According to the size chart it is a 17-20 in. torso length? , maybe because of the year model?, as opposed to a 15-19 torso length that I thought I had seen for the current blue & red version model? This is important to me because I measure right on the line at 19 so 17-20 would work well for me (give me a buffer to work with) if my measurement is off

Best Answer Responded on

Hi david,
This one is going to be the 2013 for the model year. The more recent 2014 version is going to be our Item # TNF00D1.

My daughter is going to South America this...

My daughter is going to South America this summer and I am looking for a park that she will be able to carry. She has a 50 lb weight limit to travel there, so not worried about the weight limit. My concern is would a Med. fix someone who is 5'1'' tall?

Responded on

Hi Terri,

Backpacks are sized by torso length which is the distance from the C7 vertebra (that big bump in your spine where your shoulders and neck meet) down to your hip shelf (the adjacent point on your spine at the very TOP of your hip bone). This pack in a size Medium is designed to best fit a torso length ranging from 17-20 inches.

4 5

Great Simple Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pack for both Backcountry trip and also a 15 month backpacking trip to Australia/SE Asia. I love the simplicity of the bag and its streamlined design. The side zipper helps accessibility when the pack it full and closed up. My only gripe is that it is a touch too big. I didn't need the whole 4000 cu in Asia or whenever I've been in the mountains.

All in all an amazing no-frills pack and would recommend it to friends.

4 5

Comfortable and easy.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is a basic pack, it doesn't have very many pockets, but it is easy to pack and the zipper that runs the side of the pack is a great way to get gear out of the bottom or middle of your pack without having to dig for things from the top. The hip belt is thick and has a lot of cushion. The top pocket is easy to use and has a separate mesh pocket to help separate or protect sunglasses or cameras. Overall for the price I think it is a great pack.

4 5

Basic Pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this pack for a week long trip in Central America and it held up great. I way overpacked and still had plenty of extra space. The side zipper makes it easy to access whatever you need inside without pulling everything out, and I really like the bottom compartment for my shoes or other larger items. The only complaint I have is that there are not many compartments on the outside. It would be great to have a few more, but it is not a deal breaker. The weight distribution when carrying the pack is decent and I was able to adjust it enough to fit (I got a size medium and I am 5'10").

5 5

Impressive Pack.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought mine in Amsterdam...it came with a rain cover. I use it to travel around Europe. It is basic & simple. It does not have a lot of compartments if you like to organize every little thing but it has everything you need. It is well built. Really comfortable. Real easy to use. It is the perfect size for everything I need when I'm in Europe. I do carry a small backpack for my laptop & camera.

I see a medium option and a large option....

I see a medium option and a large option. How do I choose which one will fit me? What are the size specs? Chest, waist, etc..

Responded on

Hey Barry so the main difference between the two is about 100 cu in, 63L vs 65L. Real difference is fit though, M is 15-18 inches (small frame torso) and L 17.5-21 inch

3 5

Decent value

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

This pack is quite decent. I am towards the smaller-end of the size large and it carries comfortably. It doesn't have great features for organizing and sorting, but costs only a fraction of the top-end stuff. Quality is fine and I'm very happy with the green colour - I'm not a fan of the current trend of neon outdoor gear. I replaced a 10+ YO REI pack that was worn out, but I am not backpacking as much as I used to. This is fine for the 3-4 day trail hike. If I were again doing multi-week or highly-technical snow camping, I would be looking for something different.

BTW, I deal with rain by carrying a poncho that covers me and the pack, as I have found that more comfortable than a raincoat when backpacking.

4 5

Not a bad pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A decent pack. I use it for travel as opposed to back packing. it's a bit bulky and heavy. It's great for traveling though and has held up well, I've had it for a few years and it's been all over the world. the front pocket is nice as well as the two sides. It has lots of little nooks you can tuck stuff away and keep things organized.

3 5

Solid but Basic

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great bag for someone just getting into multi-day hiking. The bag is large and is offered at a great price point. I really liked the Osprey Atmos (a much lighter bag) but considering the price difference, I went with the Terra.

On the negative side, the bag is a bit heavy and could use more storage/organization pockets. Also, I knew that the rain cover was not included, but I did not realize that the US version of the bag is lacking the POCKET for the rain cover as well.

Otherwise, I think that this bag is a great value when compared to some of the higher tier 60+ liter bags.

UPDATE: So I ended up returning the Terra and getting the Osprey Atmos. Main reasons for doing so were weight difference, storage pocket options, and overall fit/comfort. Even with a load of around 30lbs, the Terra felt heavy, whereas with the Atmos I barely notice it. Also, the lack of outside pockets was a real killer. The primary plus of the Terra was the durable 420D fabric, but that also lent itself to the 5lbs+ weight of the bag. In the end, I felt that the extra $ was worth investing in something that I would hopefully be using for years to come.

Peace Corps 2013!

Peace Corps 2013!

Excellent bag for t shirts, polos and shirts. Just rolled them up and got everything inside plus a little extra. Excellent spacious bag and very comfortable.

5 5

Simple but awesome and durable...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The North Face's product line never disappoints. This backpack, though simple, packs a serious punch and is very durable. I love it!

4 5

3yrs and still going.

I use this for overnighters and winter hiking over the last three years. It carries the load well and is fairly comfortable with good adjustments for fit.

5 5

Great Pack

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

I'm new to the backpacking game, but the Terra 65 seems to have been an excellent choice for my first backpack. Used on two trips and I have been impressed with the durability and fit. I'm 6'4"/240 and the M/L fits well enough to get the job done and hasn't caused me any problems thus far. Aesthetically, it's a good looking, clean pack that I feel comfortable taking on even a weekend vacation.

As you can read here and elsewhere, yes, the sleeping bag compartment is smaller than you'd probably guess. Being new, I have a larger synthetic bag (MH Pinole 20) that kinda/sorta/barely fits without a compression bag. And yeah, there aren't a whole lot of pockets either so if you're obsessed with storage compartments and such, this may not be the bag for you. Personally, I'm good with a few stuff sacks and zip lock baggies as the external pocket down the center of the back expands well and can hold a decent amount of miscellaneous gear. Last gripe - no rain cover included, but I knew that before I purchased and carry a large garbage bag for now.

Overall, I love it. Practical, simple, clean bag with a good warranty that does what it's supposed to do.

5 5

A backpack of a lifetime

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

Wow, this backpack really is a masterpiece. I just simply love all the features of this backpack. It's versatile, it's durable, it's stylish, and it's not too heavy. My only drawback is that the sleeping bag compartment is a little smaller than I expected, but with a small sleeping bag it should fit with some squeezing. This is the ultimate pack for traveling; I prefer it over any other suitcase or pack.

4 5

Great pack, pretty simple

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this pack on a 7-day trek of the North Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.....it didn't let me down. Enough room for a minimalist like me to pack for 7 days, hydration sleeve worked like a charm, and overall it was "comfortable enough" with approximately 55-60lbs for the trip.
I'm the first to admit it's only my second real pack so my frame of reference is limited.....however, I tried my friend's Osprey pack on (same weight as mine) for a few minutes and I couldn't believe how much more comfortable the Osprey was. Could just be preference, but I'm trading up for an Osprey when I can afford it.
Overall: solid pack, lots of room, easy to use and not too many ridiculous features......but yes, you WILL need a rain cover for certain if you want your gear to stay dry.

3 5

great for the price

fit is good. price is right.