The North Face Terra 65
Hiking requires specialized equipment in order to keep the hiker in the same shape they went up in. This includes hiking poles and proper boots. Another means of keeping safe is specialized backpacks that offer proper weight distribution and load capacity. A hiking backpack can offer a hiker the ability free up their hands which is not only handy (excuse the pun) but also safe especially when slips or falls occur.
Proper bags should also offer some abrasion resistance and weatherproofing due to hiking’s common conditions in order to keep the bag in use longer. Without these features, bags will experience wear and tear a lot faster which can cause both frustration and money. When considering a new hiking backpack consider these features before purchasing to avoid being unhappy over the long term with your new backpack.
This article specifically is on the North Face Terra 65- a hiking backpack offered by the popular sports and outdoor brand, North Face. We looked at what consumers who bought it felt about its durability, capacity, and quality. We also looked at what they disliked about the bag and why. This is our review of the North Face Terra 65. We hope that this article serves you in your next hiking bag. Enjoy!
Sensational support system via straps
Excellent breathability and ventilation
Ergonomically shaped for comfort
Aesthetically pleasing design
Lacks enough organizational pockets
Lacks waterproofing features
Because this an updated version of an older one, it has been adjusted to consumers reviews on it. Consumers who bought both versions appreciated the new features added to it including areas like its capacity and its organizational features. They also really appreciated the design adjustment and noted that the new update looks much more fashionable than older versions. This is a positive response and shows North Face listens to suggestions and complaints.
Reviewers really appreciated the materials used to construct the North Face Terra 65. They noted that it is both durable and attractive in design. They liked that the materials used make the bag look high quality and fashionable.
Because the system contours to the back, this means less airflow along the backline which can often times cause sweat buildup for the wearer. Luckily this backpack provides a vertical channel which improves and encourage ventilation in order to keep the back cool when wearing it.
Reviewers really appreciated the comfort features. They found the suspension system to both support their loads and support their backs. They also appreciate the padded shoulders which stop any redness or sore spots from forming. They also really appreciate the ventilation system along the back.
Reviewers really appreciated the durability of the North Face Terra 65, however, did note that due to the fact that it is not waterproof an additional rain cover would have been nice. This is because once it rains the items in the bag become very wet and the exposure to rain can cause rust to the zippers which would decrease its durability.
For hiking backpacks, this is pretty impressive as they can get quite heavy. It offers different organization features as well in order to organize the space and offers straps to offer weight distribution.
Reviewers really appreciated its size. They liked how much they could carry (including the separate compartment for a sleeping bag) and also appreciated the weight distribution offered by the suspension system. They also felt that the bag wasn't too oversized as well, noting that they could easily store it when not using it.
Reviewers primarily purchased it for hiking adventures. This is due to the materials used and its sleek design. They could easily travel both on foot and transportation with this bag quite easily. It fits easily with other luggage and also holds a fair bit of supplies too.
It also provides a smooth and sleek design all the way through to their suspension system. The bag is shaped more long than it is wide and therefore offers a more narrow design rather than bulky like traditional back wear might. It is made of high-quality materials and offers zipper covers all throughout in order to really stylize the bag.
Consumers found it to be quite aesthetically pleasing noting its sleek design and its attractive features. They appreciated its ergonomically and anatomical shape. They also appreciated the materials used to construct it. They were pleasantly surprised by both its style and durability. The durability certainly helps it look a lot better long which is a big plus for many reviewers.
In addition to this, the waist strap is uniquely designed in that it's thicker on the sides which adds cushioning around the waist as well in order to offer even more weight capacity and comfort to the wearer. The OPTIFIT design provides suspension and support in order to avoid back strain and to increase comfort.
This area is a highlight for the majority of consumers because the support system is so dynamic and reliable. They felt that the load was very easy to distribute and they also felt supported during their travels due to the bags anatomical fit to the back. They loved the load-spreading hip belt that is both easy to connect and quite soft to the touch.
This is one area that reviewers had some issues with. They felt that though it provides exceptional capacity, they wished that it offered more organization in the way of pockets. The felt that there were not enough compartments specialized for specific purposes and they also felt that it could offer a little bit more for external pockets as well. That said, they appreciated the new design of the sleeping bag pocket noting that it is nicely designed and much better than this products previous version.
- OPTIFIT suspension system for support and weight distribution
- Vertical channel in order to offer ventilation and breathability to the back
- Attractive design with sleek features
- Padded shoulder harness and waist strap for comfort
- Anatomically correct shape to mold to the back
- Zippered-side entry to the main component for convenience
- Made of high-quality materials in order to extended longevity
Reviewers raved about how comfortable the suspension system is especially the waist strap which is unique in that it is quite heavily padded as well as thick. This offered far more weight distribution than alternative products. They also really appreciated that this bag offered both a tight fit to the back but also high levels of breathability which sometimes don't go hand-in-hand. The vertical back panel is the reason for this and reviewers loved it.
In addition to these features, they appreciated the sleek look noting how attractive in design it is. They liked the anatomical fit as well due to the contoured back panel. It is also quite lightweight in design which helped avoid weighing down the bag before items were even in it. It fits well on the back but is also very easy to travel by car with it. They also really appreciated the weight distribution it noting that even the heaviest loads felt lighter with this bag over alternatives.
The minor complaints about it are the lack of water protection which could end up damaging items in the bag as well as the bag itself. Reviewers noting that simply adding a rain cover would have been an inexpensive option for the company to really create an all-around great product.
They also mentioned the lack of organization offered by it noting that even with the "7 plus" pockets they felt that it could have offered more within the bag in the way of organization but also note this is a hypercritical critique and that they were otherwise quite pleased with it.
Overall, though, reviewers really appreciated the North Face Terra 65 and it is still a very highly rated product. Because The North Face is such a highly recommended and lauded company, consumers should feel confident in making the Terra 65 their next hiking backpack purchase.