The North Face Borealis Backpack – 27 Litres, deep purp/black, 48x35x19
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- 'Padded laptop compartment (15 inch laptop), large zip-up Nebenfach with partitions, side stretch Meshta
- Padded shoulder straps, padded Airmesh back panel; Stowable waist
- 27 litres
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Top customer reviews
The main compartment easily has enough room for a change of clothes and a wash bag. I also use it regularly to carry my netbook or my 15" laptop without any problems. The middle compartment has a fantastic organiser built in with pockets for pens, etc. and even a lanyard for keys. "A veritable office" my GF called it. The small zippered front pocket is perfect for small items you might need to find quickly. The two outside mesh pockets are perfect for 500ml coke bottles, small umbrellas and carrier bags.
The shoulder straps have 3/4" webbing their full length, which is great for hanging stuff with Molle system attachments, as well as two sturdy D-rings and an elasticated pouch that is perfect for small mobile phones or large penknives.
If you want a small rucksack just buy one of these, you won't be disappointed.
I won't go through every single feature of the backpack (you can look at the North Face website for that). Instead I want to focus on the things that I have found useful. What drew me in to this backpack, when there are so many on the market:
1) The laptop compartment - big enough to probably fit a 17", but what makes it different is that the bottom of the pouch is cushioned. I always used to wince when I heard that dull thump of my laptop hitting the ground as I put my bag down - not anymore though! It is also padded at the back giving it all round protection, but also adding comfort for your own back.
2) Quick access pouches - you have two on either side. I mainly have a water bottle in one, and my mini umbrella in the other. Definitely handy for quick access items as you don't need to go rummaging for them inside the pack.
3) Two main compartments - allows you to have books and files in one, and gym kit or anything else separate in the other. One thing I hate is having everything mixed into one bag, but at least this way it's more organised. The front compartment is segmented into even more pouches for all your little things like cables, mice, pens etc.
4) Water resistant material - a huge plus for those living in Britain!Read more ›
I particularly like the "bumper" inside which supports the laptop off the ground. Fits my macbook pro 13 inch inside its neoprene sleeve securely. The back of the bag is also solid.
You can tuck the waist strap inside the bag too, which is good for my day to day commute when i dont require it, but its always there for those times when I might need it say if I am cycling or hiking.
The front zipper pocket is also easy access for a standard sized paperback or a kindle.
I would recommend as a daily commute bag and a good carry on travel bag.
Most recent customer reviews
Very nice bag. Lots of useful pockets. Well constructed. Had it a year now... and it's holding up well.Published on 17 Feb. 2015 by M. Roberts
Exactly as described and after 2 years of daily use for work and several holidays the bag still looks pretty much good as new. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2014 by steven paterson
really well made nice size, not to big or small. Excellent selection of pockets and sub pockets. Again not overwhelming. Good for the tourist or traveller.Published on 27 Dec. 2013 by Keith Manaton
I bought this backpack for about £50 back in Nov 2004 in the Kensington high street North Face store to carry my 2 laptops on the daily commute to work in London, to this day it is... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by AmazonAgain
Used everyday as a sports/school bag for 3 years with absolutely no wear and tear. Very light and comfy. But any decent bag can do this. Read morePublished on 16 May 2013 by kb
This is a well made and good size product for the walker or for carrying stuff to school. Very comfortablePublished on 10 April 2013 by Geoff Jackson
More than enough capacity for both carry-on and commuting use. Loaded up with laptop, SLR+4 lenses, shoes and full change of clothing, it was only just over half-full. Read morePublished on 25 May 2012 by Alex
Overall a well constructed backpack with all the features I needed. A little less room for the shopping than my previous Borealis due to the laptop pouch so is not as useful.Published on 28 Dec. 2011 by Alison M.