Best North Face Backpacks Reviewed & Rated for Quality

As every good outdoorsman or outdoorswoman knows, having the right pack or backpack to haul your gear can be crucial.  Whether you are out on a two-day trek, a week-long hunting expedition, or even just a short outing, choosing the right backpack can the be the difference between a successful, enjoyable trip and a bust.  

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North Face Borealis
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North Face Router
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  • 4.8 out of 5
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North Face Recon
  • North Face Recon
  • 4.6 out of 5
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Backpacks are an essential piece of gear that can be used for hauling equipment and supplies such as guns, knives, ammunition, food and water, cooking utensils, sleeping bags and in some cases, transporting your trophy home after the hunt.  Backpacks used during a hunt or any other outdoor expedition are relied upon to hold everything vital to the hunter and outdoorsman while remaining sturdy and comfortable to carry.

The most important aspects to take a look at when choosing a backpack for hunting and outdoor purposes include size (including external dimensions and internal volume), weight, material (waterproof or not), storage compartments, and the construction and structure of the pack, including shoulder straps, back support, hip belts, and sternum straps.

Although known for their backpack models that are ideal for hiking, climbing, and mountaineering, there are several North Face backpacks that are also ideal for hunting and other outdoor expeditions. Let’s take a look at the top 10 North Face Backpacks for the hunter and outdoorsman.

 

15 Best North Face Backpacks

 

1. North Face Borealis

1. North Face Borealis
The North Face Borealis is one of the most popular and positively reviewed North Face backpacks ever produced. Its smaller, more streamlined design makes it ideal for shorter hunting trips and outdoor excursions. This backpack is water-resistant and has several interior and exterior storage compartments which are perfect for keeping gear organized and easy to reach.
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FlexVent™ Suspension System
The FlexVent™ suspension system is found on several models of North Face backpacks. This system is designed to provide the ultimate level of support to the back and shoulders, as well as provide proper ventilation.

Front Elastic Bungee/External Storage
Being able to reach for and grab tools, gear, and equipment in a hurry is essential to the hunt. The Borealis sports a front elastic bungee for storage, along with a front-zip pocket, for easy storage and easy access.

Cost and Value
The North Face Borealis is one of the best values in this group of backpacks. It runs on the lower end of the price spectrum for North Face. Considering its size, the lifetime warranty, and the amount of pockets and storage, the Borealis is an exceptional value.
Pros

Lifetime Warranty;

Mesh side pockets for extra, flexible storage;

Water Resistant;

Several Interior pockets and compartments for smaller items

Cons

Smaller end of the size scale at 28 Liters of total storage space;

2. North Face Recon

2. North Face Recon
The Recon is also one of North Face’s most popular and classic designs. Topping out at 31 Liters of capacity, this is a more compact model, ideal for shorter hunting or outdoor treks. Along with the Flex Vent™ Suspension System (described below), this pack also has two water bottle pockets and sternum straps.
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Stretch Front Pocket for Extra Storage Space
With storage capacity and easy access being critical criteria for hunting and outdoor backpacks, the Recon fits the bill with its stretch front pocket. This stretch front pocket expands enough to fit an item as large as a helmet.

FlexVent™ Suspension System
As with many other North Face backpack models, the Recon is built with the FlexVent™ Suspension System, ensuring maximum carrying comfort due to the molded shoulder straps and padded back support.

Cost and Value
The North Face Recon comes in on the lower end of the price range for North Face backpacks. The FlexVent™ Suspension System, extra stretch front storage space and slightly larger capacity than models like the Borealis, give the Recon a high value for a lower cost.
Pros

Lifetime Warranty; 

31 Liter Capacity - slightly larger than the Borealis; 

Two water bottle pocket; 

Sternum straps for extra support

Cons

Does not stand upright when placed on flat surface

3. North Face Terra 65

3. North Face Terra 65
The North Face Terra 65 is one of the larger models on this list. Its larger size and increased number of storage pockets make it a fitting choice for longer hunting expeditions. The Terra 65 is also built with padded shoulder straps and a hip belt for extra comfort and support.
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65 Liter Capacity
The Terra 65 is one of North Face’s larger capacity backpacks. The size of this pack makes it perfect for longer expeditions as it can carry an extra large amount of gear, ammunition, food and water and even a sleeping bag. The size of this backpack also gives it the capability to pack-out any hunting trophy acquired on the trip.

OPTIFIT Harness System
Unique to the Terra 65, along with a select few other North Face models, is the OPTIFIT harness system. This is a system used on larger backpacks to give the user greater control over the load and creates a better and more snug fit for increased comfort.

Cost and Value
The North Face Terra 65 is in the mid-to-high price range for North Face backpacks. More costly than both the Borealis and Recon, the Terra 65 also boasts a larger size and more advanced features. The OPTIFIT system, 65 liter capacity, and 7+ storage pockets make the Terra 65 an excellent value for the slightly higher price.
Pros

Lifetime Warranty; 

Large zippered main compartment; 

7+ pockets; 

Separate zippered sleeping bag compartment; 

Padded shoulder straps

Cons

Does not come with waterproof shell

4. North Face Router

4. North Face Router
The North Face Router Daypack is a midsize backpack that could be used for shorter or mid-range hunting and outdoor treks and expeditions. The two outside zippered pockets and two water bottle pockets provide extra storage. Comfort features include a sternum strap and hip belt.
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41 Liter Capacity
At a 41 Liter capacity, the Router falls mid-range between packs like the Borealis (small end) and packs like the Terra 65 (large end). This makes the Router versatile in its uses, from day trips to overnight trips.

Padded Mesh Back Panel/Spine Channel/Lumbar Panel
The Router is built with several features to ensure comfortable load-carrying. These features include the padded mesh back panel, a spine channel and a lumbar panel to support the lower back, as well as, wick away any moisture.

Cost and Value
To match its size, the North Face Router falls in the mid-range of prices amongst other North Face backpacks. This mid-range price delivers on value with such features as the 41 Liter capacity, lifetime warranty, and the extra comfort features highlighted here.
Pros

Lifetime Warranty; 

360 degree reflectivity on the pack for nighttime safety; 

Sternum strap for extra support; 

3 main zippered compartments

Cons

Not waterproof

5. North Face Unisex Big Shot

5. North Face Unisex Big Shot
The North Face Unisex Big Shot is another great selection for short outdoor expeditions. Its 33 Liter capacity provides enough space to pack gear and supplies for a day-long hunt. With several internal and external compartments, this pack is ideal pick to keep gear organized and accessible.
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BackSaver Technology
The North Face Unisex Big Shot is one of the few unique North Face models with BackSaver technology. The construction and design of this pack shifts weight on the consumer’s back for increased comfort while hauling heavier loads.

Internal Organization in Main Compartment
The main compartment of the Big Shot has several internal organization mechanisms including a media pocket (for cellphone or other electronics) and an internal zippered pocket.

Cost and Value
The North Face Unisex Big Shot lies on the lower end of the price spectrum for North Face backpacks. The price of the Big Shot would be comparable to the Borealis or the Recon, both previously mentioned. The BackSaver Technology, lifetime warranty, and FlexVent Suspension System, make this pack a tremendous value at a lower, more affordable price.
Pros

Lifetime Warranty;

FlexVent Suspension System; 

Removable waistbelt; 

2 Front “D-door” zippered pockets.

Cons

33 Liter capacity - smaller size

6. North Face Banchee 50

6. North Face Banchee 50
The North Face Banchee 50 is another of North Face’s larger backpacks, with a 50 Liter capacity and 26” x 12” x 10” dimensions. This pack would come in handy on longer hunting and outdoor trips where large amounts of gear and supplies would need to be packed. A large number of pockets, along with two exterior tool-keepers also make it ideal for this purpose.
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50 Liter Capacity
At 50 Liters, the Banchee 50 is larger than several other backpacks on this list. Its larger capacity enables hunters and outdoorsmen to use it on longer trips, packing necessary supplies such as food, extra clothing, water, ammunition and sleeping bags. Although it has a large capacity, the Banchee 50 remains one of North Face’s more lightweight models.

Aluminium Frame
The aluminum frame on the Banchee 50 allows the user a greater range of motion and easier movement while still providing proper support and structure. This also allows great control over the backpack while maintaining comfort for the user.

Cost and Value
The North Face Banchee 50 is in the higher price range for North Face backpacks; however, along with this higher price comes a more advanced design, larger size, and additional features not found in the less expensive backpacks.
Pros

Lifetime Warranty; 

8+ Pockets for storage; 

Two large tool-keepers on the exterior of the pack; 

Adjustable hip belt; 

Available in two sizes for proper fit

Cons

Limited color selection

7. North Face Fovero 85

7. North Face Fovero 85
Although originally designed for hiking, the North Face Fovero 85 is a great choice for extended hunting and outdoor excursions. At an 85 Liter volume, the Fovero tops out as North Face’s largest pack. In addition to the large volume, this backpack has two tool keepers and a separate compartment for a sleeping bag.
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85 Liter Capacity
As mentioned, the Fovero 85 is currently the largest backpack available from North Face. This large capacity allows the user to pack enough equipment and supplies for trips of up to 1-2 weeks. Included in the 85 Liters of volume is a separate zippered compartment for a sleeping bag. This is another model by North Face that would be large enough to haul certain sizes of wild game from the hunt.

Removable Top Portion/Daypack
Another great feature of the Fovero is the removable top portion of the pack. This portion can be removed to become a smaller daypack, perhaps for day long treks away from basecamp.

Cost and Value
The North Face Fovero 85 sits at the top of the price range for North Face Backpacks. The size, along with features such as the OPTIFIT Suspension System, 10+ pockets, removable top portion/daypack, and the waterproof rain cover combine to make the Fovero 85 well worth the cost.
Pros

Two tool-keepers; 

Water-proof rain cover; 

10+ pockets; Separate zippered compartment for sleeping bag; 

OPTIFIT Suspension System for comfortable carrying

Cons

Limited color availability; 

One of the heavier North Face backpacks on the list

8. North Face Angstrom 28

8. North Face Angstrom 28
The North Face Angstrom 28L Daypack is well suited for day trips or even brief overnight hunting trips. Though smaller than many other packs on this list, the Angstrom has several other features that make it fit for this purpose, including numerous pockets, room for a hydration reservoir or water bottles, adjustable shoulder straps, and a padded hip belt.
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Large Front and Side Pocket
In addition to the spacious main compartment, the sizable front and side pockets on the Angstrom 28 give this smaller volume pack a larger feel. These front and side pockets are made of a stretchable material to accommodate bigger items while also allowing easy access.

Integrated Rain Cover
One feature found on the Angstrom 28, not found on many other North Face backpacks, is the integrated rain cover. This cover keeps equipment and gear in the backpack clean and dry in wet and rainy conditions without adding extra weight to the pack.

Cost and Value
The North Face Angstrom 28, costwise, sits mid-range amongst the North Face models. Slightly more costly than models such as the Borealis or Recon, the Angstrom provides features such as multiple pockets, space for a hydration reservoir and an integrated rain cover, which give the backpack more than substantial value for the cost.
Pros

Lifetime Warranty

Multiple pockets

Highly adjustable shoulder straps

Lighter weight than most other backpacks on the list

Cons

Limited color selection

28 Liter capacity - on the smaller end of the spectrum

9. North Face Stormbreak 35

9. North Face Stormbreak 35
The North Face Stormbreak 35 is a mid-sized backpack, much like the Router Daypack which appeared previously on this list. This size makes it a good fit for short to mid range hunting and outdoor trips. The front load panel, ventilated back panel, mesh side-pockets, and two tool keepers make this pack optimal for storing all the equipment and gear essential for an outdoor trek.
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Side Compression Straps
The Stormbreak 35 is built with side compression straps on both sides of the pack that allow the user secure the backpack and its contents tightly, giving the user better control. This allows for more comfort while carrying the backpack.

38 Liter Capacity
As mentioned before, the Stormbreak 35 actually has a 38 Liter volume which enables its utilization for a wide-range of hunting and outdoor excursions. This pack can easily fit all the equipment and gear necessary for a successful day trip, as well as shorter overnight trips.

Cost and Value
The North Face Stormbreak 35 is comparable in price to some of the smaller backpacks on this list, including the Borealis and Big Shot. Its substantial size, tool-keepers, comfort features such as cushioned shoulder pads, and the lifetime warranty make it an ample value for the cost.
Pros

Two tool-keepers

Lifetime Warranty

Ventilated back panel

Large front panel opening

Cushioned shoulder straps

Cons

Not many internal compartments

Not waterproof

10. North Face Shadow 40 + 10

10. North Face Shadow 40 + 10
The North Face Shadow 40 + 10 rounds out this list of Top 10 North Face backpacks. The Shadow 40 + 10 is another one of North Face’s larger designs. The maximum volume of this backpack is 50 Liters; however, it can be stripped down by removing the frame sheet and one of the interior pockets. This backpack would be perfect for longer 1-2 week excursions that included daytrips throughout.
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Available in Bright Colors for Safety
One of the prominent features of the Shadow 40 + 10 that makes it well-suited for outdoorsmen and hunters is that it is available in bright colors, such as macaw green, which can come in handy for safety reasons. Most other North Face models are available in more muted tones only.

Internal Water Resistant Pocket
Another unique component to the Shadow 40 + 10 is the internal water resistant pocket. This pocket can be used to store items in need of complete water protection but can also be removed to lighten the backpack.

Cost and Value
The North Face Shadow 40 + 10 is on the higher end of the cost scale for North Face backpacks; however, its added features such as the removable internal water-resistant pocket, removable hipbelt, and large storage volume make the value of this pack well worth the higher cost.
Pros

Hipbelt pockets

Tool keepers

30 Liter and 40 Liter shells

Roll-top closure

Removable hipbelt

Cons

No side pockets or water bottle pockets

11. North Face Jester

11. North Face Jester
This is a high-quality backpack that you can wear to school, the office, or even outdoors. It has excellent features for a general purpose backpack which include ventilation and a laptop sleeve. The jester offers the perfect combination of storage and style so that you can pack all of your gear and look great at the same time while you are wearing this backpack by North Face.
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Flex Vent Suspension

The shoulder straps come with Flex Vent (TM), a feature that uses mesh combined with a spine channel so that air can channel and circulate throughout the shoulder straps so that your shoulders stay cool and dry while you wear the backpack.

Water Botttle Tabs

The backpack also has water bottle tabs so that you can easily carry water bottles with you. This makes the backpack into a great choice for sports such as biking, hiking, or other sports because you can carry water with you.

Cost and Value

You will see the jest sold at a price that is lower than the average price for a North Face backpack. The lower price turns it into a bargain buy since you can get a great backpack without having to spend a lot.
Pros
  • The shell of the backpack is made out of a water-resistant 600D polyester material for durability.
  • There is a padded sleeve in the main pocket that is designed to fit a 15" laptop.
  • The main compartment comes with organizers for items such as pens and a velcro pocket for extra organization.
  • The back panel has been padded with mesh so that it breathes well and circulates air.
  • There are bungee cords on the front of the backpack for extra storage on the outside.
Cons
  • Some reviewers have reported that the bag is heavy when it is empty making it hard to use.
  • Other users have reported that the backpack will not stay upright on its own when you set it down.

12. North Face Vault

12. North Face Vault
The Vault is another excellent choice for a general purpose backpack. It comes with two compartments and there is a laptop sleeve in the main compartment. If you are someone who walks or bikes a lot, then you will love the mesh water bottle pockets that are found on both sides of the backpack. The backpack helps you stay visible after dark by providing you with plenty of reflection on all sides.
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360 Reflection

You will notice that the backpack has reflective strips and logos throughout the entire backpack. This helps you to stay safe after dark because the reflection will help drivers of cars and trucks notice you in low light conditions.

Mesh Back

The back portion of the backpack has mesh so that it breathes well and moves air between your skin and the backpack. This will help your back to stay dry while you are carrying the backpack on a hot day.

Cost and Value

You will see this backpack sold at a price that is lower than the average price for a North Face backpack. The lower price allows you to get a bag with plenty of premium features without you having to spend much.
Pros
  • The shoulder straps are compression molded so that they distribute weight and help you carry large loads.
  • The back panel of the backpack has an air channel on your spine so that extra air circulates.
  • There is a laptop sleeve in the main compartment that is also padded to protect your computer.
  • The backpack has reflective strips throughout the backpack so that you stay visible after dark.
  • There is a pair of water bottle pockets that are located on both sides of the backpack.
Cons
  • The bag does not have a flat base which means it won't stand up on its own.
  • Other reviewers have reported that the back panel is stiff and can be uncomfortable while wearing the backpack.

13. North Face Haystack

13. North Face Haystack
The Haystack is a backpack that has been designed around simplicity. It has a spacious main pocket that even includes a laptop sleeve so that you can fit all of your essential items inside of the backpack. When you need a little more room, then you have an additional pocket on the front of the backpack where you can place smaller items. The shoulder straps are nice and wide so that you can feel comfortable.
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Laptop Sleeve

The main pocket of the backpack has a padded sleeve that will fit a 15" laptop computer. This allows you to safely and securely store your laptop inside of the backpack without having to worry about damage from dropping it.

600D Polyester Body

You can expect that this backpack will be durable and long lasting since it is made from a 600D polyester material. The material itself is lightweight and also resists water which helps make this backpack into the ideal daypack.

Cost and Value

This backpack is sold at a price that is lower than the average price for a North Face backpack. The lower price comes from removing features without sacrificing the quality of the backpack which makes it into an excellent value.
Pros
  • The shoulder straps feature FlexVent (TM) to help your shoulders stay comfortable and dry when you wear this backpack.
  • The backpack has a large 31.5-liter capacity so that you have plenty of room for your gear.
  • There is a padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment that fits a 15" inch laptop.
  • You can purchase this backpack in twelve different colors and patterns to find the best look.
  • There is a small zippered pocket on the front of the backpack where you can put small items.
Cons
  • This backpack does not have a lot of pockets internal or otherwise which makes it hard to organize your items.
  • Other reviewers have reported that wearing the backpack can hurt their shoulders when it is full.

14. The North Face Surge

14. The North Face Surge
The Surge is a premium backpack that is made by North Face and is aimed at professionals. The backpack comes with lots of pockets so that you can best organize your items inside of the backpack. The inside of the backpack has been lined with fleece so that your electronic devices are fully protected and insulated against the weather while they are inside of the backpack. This makes it ideal for working people or other users.
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Fleece Lined

The inside of the backpack has been lined with fleece. The fleece is soft and it will not scratch sensitive items such as laptops or similar items. The backpack is large enough to hold up to a 15" laptop.

Flat Lay Design

The laptop has been designed to lay completely flat so that it meets requirements set out by TSA. This makes the backpack a great item to take on the plane because you can easily get it through security checkpoints.

Cost and Value

This premium backpack is sold at a price that is much higher than the average price for North Face backpacks. The higher prices come from the extra quality that is found in the backpack such as interior fleece lining.
Pros
  • The laptop sleeve in this backpack has been lined with fleece and can hold 15" laptops.
  • There is also a fleece-lined pocket on the front of the backpack that is designed for tablets.
  • It has been designed to lay completely flat so that it conforms to TSA requirements.
  • The back panel has an air channel along the spine so that your back doesn't get sweaty.
  • There is a lumbar panel that is also moisture wicking which adds additional back support to the backpack.
Cons
  • Users have reported that the zipper covers get stuck in the zippers on a frequent basis.
  • The phone pocket is too small for phones that are inside of a phone case.

15. The North Face Duffel Backpack

15. The North Face Duffel Backpack
Is it a duffel bag or a backpack? As a matter of fact, why can't it be both? This duffel backpack will provide you with the room of a duffel bag but you can also use it as a backpack if you choose to do so. This makes it into a useful bag because you can have lots of room and yet still carry it on your back when it is full.
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Water Resistant

The backpack has been made from a material that resists water. This will help keep your items dry if you set the backpack down into wet grass or on a wet gym floor. It is also helpful if you get caught in the rain.

Quick Access Side Pocket

There is a pocket on the side of the backpack that has been designed to provide you with easy access to small items. This allows you to quickly access items such as a smart-phone, wallet, or some other small item.

Cost and Value

You will see this backpack sold at a price that is much higher than the average price for a North Face Backpack. The higher price comes from the extra materials that are used to make this large capacity backpack.
Pros
  • This backpack can function like a duffel bag so that you can use it both ways.
  • There is a detachable shoulder strap that you can use when you use it as a duffel bag.
  • It has side handles so that you can pick it up on the side when you need to.
  • The material used to make the duffel bag is water resistant so that your items are protected.
  • There is a quick access pocket on the side of the bag for small items like a wallet.
Cons
  • There is no carry handle in the center of the bag which can make it awkward to carry.
  • Reviewers have mentioned that the shoulder straps are not as adjustable as what they should be.

As this list exhibits, not only does The North Face carry a great selection of backpacks for activities such as hiking, mountaineering, and even school-use, but several of their models and designs are also well-suited for hunting expeditions and other types of outdoor excursions.

A solid and sturdy backpack that is large enough to haul all essential equipment and gear can be a vital element in an enjoyable and rewarding hunting trip.   All of the backpacks contained in this list possess qualities that make them a good fit for an avid hunter and outdoorsman, including but not limited to varying volumes from 28 Liters to 85 Liters, structures designed for extra support and comfort such as compression straps and FlexVent™ technology, numerous pockets for extra storage (internal and external), rain covers or water resistant materials to keep items inside dry and clean during inclement conditions and lifetime warranties.

All of The North Face backpacks listed here are tremendous choices, though each product has its pros and cons. Overall the top 3: The North Face Borealis, The North Face Recon, and The North Face Terra 65, are the best representation of the wide variety of quality, useful North Face backpacks available to hunters, outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen alike.

Criteria Used in Evaluation

Capacity

 You should always consider the overall capacity of your backpack when you are picking out a North Face backpack. You are unlikely to be satisfied with a backpack that is too small since that means that you will be unable to hold all of the gear that you need. A backpack that is too large will feel bulky and may not work for your intended purpose. In addition to the size of the backpack, you should be mindful of the pockets that are included in the backpack. Some backpacks have more pockets than other backpacks which means that you will need to decide what degree of separation that you need when you are putting your items into the backpack. The backpack’s capacity will be an important part of your decisions when you are purchasing a backpack.

 You should start by making sure that the backpack has enough room for your items. If you are using the backpack for school, then you need to make sure that it can fit your books, folder, tablet, and possibly a laptop computer. On the other hand, you may be using the backpack as a gym bag in which case it should be large enough for items such as gym shoes, a towel, shower supplies, and gym clothes. Backpacks that are too small can become frustrating and are more likely to break if you start to stuff too many items inside of them because there isn’t enough room. You should always make sure that all of your items can fit inside of the backpack in a snug and secure fashion without having to stress the zippers or worry about the backpack bursting at the seams.

 On the other hand, the backpack should not be too large either. A large backpack will encourage you to pack items into the backpack that you may not even need. This can cause the backpack to feel heavy and overweight which makes it less comfortable to wear. If you plan on putting the backpack into a storage locker, then you will also want to make sure that it isn’t too large for the locker otherwise it could get caught in the door of the locker or it may not even fit inside of the locker. Travelers who use a backpack as a carry-on bag will need to make sure that the backpack can fit inside of an airplane overhead bin or underneath the seat in front of you. Otherwise, you may have to check the backpack which can result in a fee when you are traveling.

 Of course, the size of the backpack isn’t the only thing that you need to be concerned about. You will also want to check the overall capacity of the backpack as well. For example, some backpacks have lots of pockets which can help with organization but also can cause you to lose overall capacity. You may also see backpacks that have features such as Molle webbing or bungee cords that allow you to attach items to the outside of the backpack. Many North Face backpacks have mesh pockets on the outside of them that give you the ability to carry water bottles. You will need to consider all of these possibilities when you are checking the capacity of your backpack as they will help determine how much gear that you can carry on the outside of the backpack in addition to what can go inside of it.

 So in summary, the size and the capacity of the backpack will be an impact factor when you are picking out the right sized backpack. Backpacks are sold in a variety of sizes and will usually specify the capacity of the backpack in terms of liters or gallons. You will need to make sure that the backpack that you purchase is right for your particular needs. A backpack that is too small will mean that you will not be able to pack and carry all of the items that you need in the backpack. On the other hand, a backpack that is too large might mean that the backpack is too heavy for you. It can also mean that you may not be able to use the backpack in situations such as placing it in a locker or carrying it onto an airplane. Even without such restrictions, a large backpack may encourage you to pack items into it that you may not even need. The capacity of the backpack isn’t just limited to space inside of the backpack. Many backpacks have exterior webbing, bungee cords, or pockets where you can add more items to the outside of the backpack. You should consider this as well when you are picking out a backpack. If you pick out the right sized backpack, then you will have just enough space for all of your stuff without adding too much weight to it.

 Straps

 Straps on the backpack are important to make sure that the backpack can stay on your without you dropping it or falling down. You should always make sure that the backpack has durable shoulder straps and waist strap if applicable. In addition to durability, you should also make sure that the straps are padded and adjustable. They should hold their position when they are adjusted so that they do not get to be too loose. It is important for the straps to also be adjustable for your body shape and build so that they are not too loose or too tight. The straps serve the important function of holding the backpack on your body and positioning it properly. When the backpack is positioned properly, you will be able to balance much easier and your back and shoulders will either not hurt at all or hurt less from carrying the backpack. For these reasons, you will want to take a look at the shoulder and possibly waist strap to make sure that it will work with your body.

 Since the shoulder straps have the job of holding all of the weight of the backpack, you will need to make sure they are durable enough to support the backpack even when it has been filled with heavy objects. When you are planning on carrying a heavy load, you should start by making sure that the straps are wide and thick. Straps that are thick and wide are able to support more weight than thin straps and they will also do a better job of distributing the weight of the backpack on your body better. Of course, it also matters that the straps are made out of a strong material such as heavy-duty nylon or a similar kind of material. You should always avoid backpacks that have weak shoulder straps since they are much more likely to break when you are using the backpack. It is also important that you check that the straps are securely tightened to the backpack since this will help make sure that they do not rip or tear away from the backpack while you are using it. If the straps have any clasps or buckles, then you should make sure that they can be secured tightly so that they do not break or slip.

 After you have looked at the strength of the shoulder straps, you should check the fit and adjustability. If you are a small person, then you should make sure that you can adjust the straps so that the backpack will be pulled tightly against your body without any slack in the shoulder straps. A large person will need to make sure that they can wear the backpack without the straps getting so tight that they end up becoming constricting and hindering movement. Once you have checked that you can adjust the straps to your body, then you will need to make sure that the shoulder straps hold their shape. They should not start to slacken up when the backpack has been filled. You need to make sure that the straps do not stretch too much and that any adjusting mechanisms on the backpack hold their position. You don’t want to have to keep adjusting the backpack while you are wearing it since that can become frustrating. Instead, you should be able to adjust the backpack once and then forget about having to adjust it again.

 If your backpack has a waist strap, then you should repeat the above checks for the waist strap. The waist strap should buckle around your waist and it should not be too high or too low on your body. It should also clasp around your body in a secure fashion. Once again, you will want to make sure that the waist strap is secured to the backpack properly so that it doesn’t pull away from the backpack itself. It is also important that you can make the waist strap fit snugly around your body without it being too tight or too loose. Finally, the waist strap should hold its adjustment when you have finished adjusting it.

 The straps are a critical area of the backpack because they are responsible for holding the backpack against your body. You should always check that the straps are strong enough to hold your backpack when you are carrying a heavy load. They should not stretch or break away from the backpack and they should not snap or break themselves. After you have adjusted the straps to your body, you should make sure that they hold their adjustment so that you do not have to keep adjusting the straps over and over again. You should expect the straps to be wide enough to hold a heavy load and also help distribute weight on your body. When you check all of these areas, then you can be sure that your backpack is ready to hold whatever you put into it.

 Padding

 Padding is an important part of a backpack because it helps to make sure that the backpack is comfortable and also protects the items that you have put into the backpack as well. Without padding, you back and your shoulders can end up hurting, especially when you are hauling a heavy load of items in the backpack. The padding can also keep your items protected as well since it can reduce any shock that your items might otherwise feel if the backpack is dropped or set down hard. In many cases, thicker padding is often better than thin padding. You will also want to make sure that the padding is breathable and if possible, has mesh so that you and your items do not overheat inside of the backpack.

 The shoulder straps are one of the most important areas for a backpack to have padding. Your shoulders will end up holding most of the weight in your backpack, and even a backpack that has thick straps will still put a lot of weight on your shoulders. Padding on the shoulder straps serves a few different purposes that will help increase the comfort on your shoulders and reduce strain on your body. For one thing, the padding will help serve as a shock absorber on the shoulder straps so that your shoulders do not bear the full force of the backpack bouncing up and down as you walk. It will also help distribute the weight of the backpack over a wider area which will help prevent the shoulder straps from digging into your shoulders. When you are looking at the padding on the shoulder straps, you should make sure that it has some sort of ventilation system as this will help reduce moisture on your shoulder which can cause chafing.

 After you have looked at the padding on the shoulder of the backpack, you should check the padding in the back area. This is the area of the backpack that will touch your back so you will want to make sure that the backpack has plenty of padding in this area as well. A backpack that doesn’t have sufficient padding in the back area will allow your items to dig into your back. This can not only become uncomfortable, but it can also cause pain if you are packing large heavy items such as textbooks that have sharp corners on them. The padding will help reduce the amount that you will feel the items in the backpack which will, in turn, make it more comfortable for you to wear the backpack.

 The padding on the back area of the backpack should be thick enough to help you feel comfortable and it should also be breathable. If possible, you should look to see if the backpack has mesh in this area since the largest part of the backpack will be in touch with your body in this area. Some backpacks also have air vents in the back padding that will help move air across your back. This will help remove sweat and moisture that may build up while you walk around with the backpack on. Too much sweat can make your shirt smell back, and it can even lead to chafing your skin if the backpack is moving around on your body or bouncing up and down while you are walking. The better the back padding breathes, the more comfortable you will be when you have the backpack on.

 You will also want to look for padding on the bottom of the backpack and in the internal pockets. Padding on the bottom of the backpack can help keep your items protected when you set the backpack on the ground. It will also help to protect your items in the event that you drop your backpack or set it down too hard. Your items will also help stay protected if your backpack slides around in the back of your vehicle or in the overhead bin on the airplane. This also holds true for internal padding as well. If your backpack has compartment organizers such as a laptop sleeve, then you will need to make sure that there is enough protection to prevent your laptop from getting broken in the event that your backpack is impacted by something.

 The padding inside of the backpack will make a difference in how comfortable it is to wear the backpack and how well your items are protected while they are in the backpack. You should always look at the padding in critical areas such as the shoulder straps, back padding, bottom padding, and any internal padding. In some areas, such as the shoulder and the back, the padding should have ventilation so that you do not build up too much moisture. This will help make sure that the backpack is comfortable and enjoyable to wear even when you are carrying heavy items in it.

 Features

 North Face backpacks can come with a lot of features and some of these features can really help improve the overall quality of the backpack. You should always make sure that any backpack that you purchase has the right number of features for your needs. Some features are more popular than other features, but many people tend to look for backpacks that have laptop and tablet sleeves, water bottle pockets, internal organizers, and even headphone ports. All of these features can help make the backpack more useful and therefore more enjoyable to own, so you should look for a backpack with such features if you find that they are important to you.

 One of the most common and popular features found in today’s backpacks is the laptop sleeve. This is a special pocket that is normally located in the main compartment that is designed to hold and protect a laptop computer. Most laptop sleeves are surrounded with thick padding so that your computer is protected in the event that you drop the backpack or it slides around during transportation. Generally speaking, laptop sleeves are designed to fit a 15-inch laptop computer but it is possible to find ones that will work with 17-inch laptops. If this is an important feature for you, then you should make sure that your laptop will fit inside of the backpack when you purchase it or you should consider looking for a different laptop.

 Tablet sleeves are a variation of laptop sleeves and have turned into a common and popular feature for backpacks. These sleeves are designed almost exactly like the sleeves that are used for laptops. However, they are smaller in size and tend to be located near the front of the backpack so that you can easily access your tablet while you are on the go. These sleeves are used for people who use a tablet or a tablet in conjunction with a laptop. They are great for airplane travelers because you can grab your tablet easily from your backpack while leaving your laptop stowed away while you are on the airplane. Like the laptop sleeve, a tablet sleeve will normally have extra padding around it so that your laptop is protected from drops and impacts while it is stored inside of your backpack.

 Many people tend to carry water or other beverages with them while they are out and about, so mesh water bottle pockets tend to be another popular feature that is common in many backpacks. These pockets are wisely located on the outside of the backpack because if the water bottle leaks, you will not have to worry about your items getting wet. Many backpacks will have a water bottle holder on one or both sides of the backpack so that you can easily carry enough water with you n the backpack. This feature can be useful for people who do a lot of walking in their commute and also for people who enjoy participating in sports or other physical activities. You may even see backpacks that have water bladder pockets or water bottle clips so that you can carry even more water with you on the backpack.

 Many backpacks also have internal organizers that allow you to cleanly organize your gear. Sometimes backpacks will have pen and pencil pockets and they may have interior mesh or velcro pockets in them as well. You may even see backpacks that have a primary and a secondary pocket as well as additional pockets on the exterior surface of the backpack. All of these pockets serve the purpose of allowing you to access and find your items quickly while they are stored in the backpack. The extra pockets found on a backpack can be used for a variety of different purposes. For example, people who travel a lot may put clothing in one pocket and toiletries in the secondary pocket. Athletes may use the main pocket for gym clothes and shoes and the other pockets for the rest of their gear. Pockets are one of the main features of a backpack since the ultimate purpose of the backpack is to store and organize your items. Many people consider it a feature for a backpack to have a lot of extra pockets and organizers.

 The features found on a backpack will determine how useful the backpack will ultimately be. You should always try and make sure that you pick out a backpack that has the features that are most useful to you. Doing so will help improve your overall satisfaction with the backpack since you will have a backpack that is useful for your needs. Features can go a long way in making the difference between a backpack that is simply ok to a backpack that is excellent so you should take the time to get a backpack that is right for your needs.

 Quality

 The overall quality of the backpack will make the difference between you being happy with your purchase and you being upset with it. No one wants to purchase a backpack only to have it fall and break apart shortly after using it. Low-quality backpacks can end up turning into a waste of money as you will have to keep replacing the backpack again and again as something goes wrong on it. You will be much happier with a backpack that you have to purchase one time and have it last you for several years even if it means paying a little more money for the backpack upfront. This is because you can continuously count on the backpack when you need it because it was put together properly in the first place.

 There are a number of things that you should inspect for quality in a backpack. One area of concern is the overall shell of the backpack. You should make sure that the backpack is made from a thick material that will not rip or tear underneath a heavy load. It should also resist abrasion as well because rough surfaces or items can cause the case of the backpack shell to get thin and start to develop holes in it. Many backpacks are made from a thick nylon material such as 600D nylon. You may also find backpacks that are built out of 900D nylon material which is more durable and much stronger than thinner nylon. If you are concerned about the durability of the backpack, then you should look for thicker shell material as it less likely to tear and break.

 The zippers are another item that you will look at when you are inspecting a backpack. Sometimes backpacks will use low-quality zippers as a way to reduce cost and save money. The downside of this practice is that the zippers are more likely to catch and break when you are using it. No one wants to deal with zippers that jam or break while they are zipping or unzipping their backpack. Likewise, you don’t want to have to worry about zipper catching on the zipper covers or the shell of the backpack as that can end up tearing the backpack. You may also see plastic zippers used in backpacks as a way to reduce costs but you should always try and avoid backpacks that have this kind of zippers since the zippers tend to be low quality. The best zippers for backpacks are ones that are made from a high-quality metal alloy material since they are the least likely to break when you are using them. All of the zippers on the backpack should move freely and you should not have to worry about them catching either when you are fastening the zippers. The zippers should also stay in their position and should not slide open or closed on their own.

 The stitching is another area of importance when it comes to taking a look at a backpack. Backpacks will have stitching in numerous places including around the zippers, the handles, shoulder straps, pockets, and any of the seams. You should expect the stitching to be high quality and heavy duty. There should not be any loose threads on the stitching since they are liable to get caught and pull which would cause the stitching to unravel. The stitches should also be grouped tightly enough so that they do not pull apart when the backpack is subjected to a heavy load. The best stitching on a backpack will be reinforced for additional durability so you should look for this when you are purchasing a backpack.

 The shape of the backpack is another area to check for quality. Sometimes backpacks either do not have a frame or they have a weak frame. In an ideal world, your backpack should lay either flat on its side or it should be able to stand up when you set it down. A backpack that has an odd shape will either fall over when you put it down which will require you to lean the backpack against something when you are setting it down. Backpacks that do not lay flat can also become annoying as they will not sit nicely in your vehicle or at an airport security screening. You can save yourself a lot of frustration if you take a look at the shape of the backpack prior to purchasing it.

 The quality of the backpack matters and you should always be on your guard against a low-quality backpack. Low-quality backpacks will not last as long as high-quality ones, so you should check a few different trouble areas prior to purchasing the backpack. Some of those areas will include the shoulder straps, zippers, seams, pockets, and the shape of the backpack. If you check all of these areas, then you have a much better chance at purchasing a good backpack that will last you for a long time.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of backpack should I get for traveling?

 A: If you plan on traveling a lot, then you might want to consider getting a backpack that can be used as a carry on item for the airplane. Most airlines will provide you with information about what size items you can bring on the plane. You should get this information and then try and find a backpack that is as large as possible. This will help save you money when you fly because you will not need to check your backpack.

 Q: How should a backpack fit?

A: The backpack should fit you like a glove. It should conform tightly to your back and it should not go far above your head or below your waist (unless it’s designed to do so). All of the straps should fit you snuggly and they should not be too loose or too tight on your body. It is important for your backpack to fit so that you are comfortable while you are wearing it and your center of gravity isn’t thrown off.

Q:  Why does my back keep sweating while I wear my backpack?

 A: There are a number of reasons why your back might sweat while you are wearing your backpack. One reason is that your backpack may not have any ventilation on the back padding. This can cause sweat to build up between you and the backpack because there is no moving air that is needed to evaporate sweat away from your body. You should try and look for backpacks with mesh and air ventilation as this will help address the A:problem.

Q: How can I wash my backpack?

A: You should always follow the directions on the care tag that the manufacturer put on the backpack. Generally speaking, you should wash your backpack in cold water with mild laundry detergent on a delicate wash cycle. It may help to put it in a laundry bag so that the straps do not get caught in the washing machine. When it has finished washing, you should hang it out to dry since the dryer can ruin polyester and nylon.

Q: Can a backpack charge my devices?

A: Solar backpacks are now available that will generate power and charge your devices. Many of these backpacks will have USB ports where you can plug a charger into the backpack and charge your phone or tablet. This can be really useful when you are walking or hiking on bright and sunny days, but it may not work well on a cloudy day or most likely will not work at all at night time.

Sources

  1. The Solar Co, Pick the Perfect Backpack
  2. REI, Backpack
  3. Wikihow, Choose a Backpack for School
  4. Vagabondish, How to Find Travel Backpack Luggage
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