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The North Face Borealis backpack Review

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We checked 17309 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.7 out of 5.

What you need to know

The capacity of the backpack is 1709 cu in (28 litres). the backpack will therefore give you room for everything you need for a small adventure. Inside the backpack, there is room for a standard sized 15 inch laptop.

the backpack got 4.7 stars out of 5 in our analysis. This means that Borealis is rated in the very top of the backpacks available.

Our analysis is based on hundreds of reviews (17,309 reviews in total), so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of Borealis.

Looking at the dimensions of The North Face Borealis, the height is 19.7 in, width is 13.4 in and the depth 8.7 in. Normal folders for A4 paper are 10 x 12 cm, so there are room for such folders in the backpack.

The North Face Borealis weight is 2.9 lbs. The weight/capacity score is 21.5 which is quite bad. So compared with other backpacks, The North Face Borealis have very little room considering the weight of the bag.

Considering the material, the backpack is made of 300 d polyester/420 d nylon (synthetic fibre). The material is water repellent, so you don't need to worry if you carry the backpack in slightly bad weather. Just be aware that the backpack cannot handle being soaked in water, so don't expect it to protect your things in really heavy rain.

If you plan on flying with the backpack, you will probably be happy to know that this backpack is considered cabin luggage according to the IATA-norm.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: The North Face
Model: Borealis

Capacity: 1709 cu in (28 litres)
Weight: 2.9 lbs
Weight/capacity score: 21.5
Height: 19.7 in
Width: 13.4 in
Depth: 8.7 in


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Design review

Our panel reviewed the bags by looking at photos without brand names. The panel could thereby consider the designs of the bags without being influenced by the brands. Borealis from The North Face got an average design rating of 3 out of 10.

Something went wrong with the design of Borealis. When compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed, the score of 3 is below average.

Surprisingly, all of our panel rated the design exactly 6 This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally found the design of Borealis quite average.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the The North Face Borealis bag:

Reviewers like these things about the The North Face Borealis

  • According to users, the Northface Borealis backpack is comfortable to use.
  • Other users thought that because it is free of embellishment, they can grab their gear and go.
  • Reviewers believed that the bag is optimal for school use.
  • Laptop users lauded the presence of a padded sleeve dedicated to keeping their gadgets safe and secure.
  • Reviewers mentioned that the pack is comfortable to wear due to its FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps.
  • They also noticed that the added foam on its shoulder straps provides ample support.
  • Other reviewers also found that its padded air mesh back panel provides additional comfort and support to the user.
  • Users found it easy to adjust the shoulder straps in order to ensure a snug fit.
  • Testers said that the bag's integrated reflective loop for blinky light makes it visible even at nighttime.
  • Reviewers mentioned that the pack has a large main compartment where they can stash all their essential stuff in place.
  • They also noted that the bag contains sufficient pockets for secure storage and organization.
  • Other reviewers thought that its front stash pocket and bungee cord provide additional storage of things.
  • Several users felt that it was durable and sturdy due to its material.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the backpack is not waterproof.
  • A tester said that its mesh pockets tend to tear apart.
  • A user felt that it was uncomfortable to use because it made her back hurt.

The North Face Borealis vs other bags

The North Face Borealis ranks #7 of all the reviewed The North Face bags.

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Last updated on August 14, 2018