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The North Face Surge Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.38
based on 5,917 reviews


We have checked thousands of reviews and found 13 reasons to buy the Surge - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


87% of the reviewers give the The North Face Surge a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (78%)
Good (9%)
Average (5%)
Poor (3%)
Bad (2%)





Reviews Summary


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

Reviewers like these things about the The North Face Surge

  • Many reviewers highly recommend The North Face Surge backpack for its durable fabric and its robust construction.
  • Other reviewers mentioned that it has an interior fleece-lined sleeve compartment that would fit most laptops.
  • They also thought that its carrying handle on top is essential for an instant grip.
  • Users noted the presence of two spacious main compartments with dual-zip closure.
  • Testers found out that the bag has an open main compartment with some internal organization options.
  • Other testers also mentioned that the bag is practical and fully functional.
  • Several users indicated the presence of a fleece-lined tablet sleeve that is padded for added protection.
  • Other users noted that they could keep their essentials well through its interior zippered pocket.
  • A lot of testers have indicated that it is excellent for commuters and students.
  • Users have found that it is comfortable to use.
  • Other users mentioned that it has adjustable compression straps for load management.
  • Reviewers noticed that its shoulder strap could be adjusted.
  • They also saw that it has elastic water bottle pockets at its side.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer noticed that the bag is too small for a large laptop.
  • Another reviewer noted that it does not stand upright.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all The North Face Surge models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity33 l (2014 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3-3.1 oz (1.4-1.4 kg)
Length iconLength14-18.5 in (36-47 cm)
Width8.5-10.5 in (22-27 cm)
Height14-16.5 in (36-42 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 17 inches


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Travel
School
Hiking
Cycling
Backpacking
Sport



Popular Models


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Specs
Weight iconWeight3.1 oz (1.4 kg)
Length iconLength18.5 in (47 cm)
Width10.5 in (27 cm)
Height14 in (36 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 17 inches




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these The North Face Surge features:
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Laptop compartment
  • Reflective
  • Sternum strap
  • Media pocket

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Load-lifter straps
  • Compression straps

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
TNF33 l3 oz0.09 oz/L



Rankings


vs The North Face Bags

The The North Face Surge ranks #9 compared with the other The North Face bags.

Top 20% The North Face bag

7The North Face Berkeley
4.39
The North Face Berkeley
8The North Face Recon
4.38
The North Face Recon
9The North Face Surge
4.38
The North Face Surge
10The North Face Ion
4.35
The North Face Ion
11The North Face Borealis
4.31
The North Face Borealis

vs All Bags

The The North Face Surge ranks #255 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 10% bag

253Osprey Quasar
4.38
Osprey Quasar
254The North Face Surge
4.38
The North Face Surge
255Camelbak KUDU
4.38
Camelbak KUDU
256Adidas Stadium
4.38
Adidas Stadium
257Michael Kors Bedford
4.38
Michael Kors Bedford



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the The North Face Surge vs 9 other, similar bags.

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The North Face Surge vs High Sierra Access


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38
BEST
Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


High Sierra Access
High Sierra Access

3.68

Based on 10,359 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.5 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated better than the Access.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 16,276 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 107% heavier than the biggest Access (3.1 oz vs 1.5 oz).

FeatureSurgeAccess
Compression straps
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets
Wheeled/rolling

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Red

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Green
Purple
Pink




The North Face Surge vs Osprey Comet


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38

Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Comet
Osprey Comet

4.39
BEST
Based on 441 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.9 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated about the same as the Comet.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 6,358 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 63% heavier than the biggest Comet (3.1 oz vs 1.9 oz).

FeatureSurgeComet
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Green
Red

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Purple
Pink




The North Face Surge vs Osprey Nebula


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38

Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38

Based on 516 reviews

Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated about the same as the Nebula.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 6,433 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Surge is 3% smaller than the biggest Nebula (33 L vs 34 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 48% heavier than the biggest Nebula (3.1 oz vs 2.1 oz).

FeatureSurgeNebula
Compression straps
Hip belt
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Green
Red

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Purple
Pink




The North Face Surge vs The North Face Big Shot


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38

Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated a little bit worse than the Big Shot.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 6,223 reviews of the two bags.

FeatureSurgeBig Shot
Compression straps
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Reflective
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Green
Red
Purple
Pink




The North Face Surge vs The North Face Borealis


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38
BEST
Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Borealis
The North Face Borealis

4.31

Based on 19,441 reviews

Capacity: 28 l
Weight: 2.1-2.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated a little bit better than the Borealis.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 25,358 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Surge is 18% bigger than the biggest Borealis (33 L vs 28 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 29% heavier than the biggest Borealis (3.1 oz vs 2.4 oz).

FeatureSurgeBorealis
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Green
Red
Purple

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Pink

Only the Borealis is available in these colors:
Orange
Yellow
Brown
White




The North Face Surge vs The North Face Hot Shot


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38
BEST
Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Hot Shot
The North Face Hot Shot

4.18

Based on 102 reviews

Capacity: 30 l
Weight: 2.35 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated a little bit better than the Hot Shot.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 6,019 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Surge is 10% bigger than the biggest Hot Shot (33 L vs 30 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 32% heavier than the biggest Hot Shot (3.1 oz vs 2.35 oz).

FeatureSurgeHot Shot
Compression straps
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Red

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Green
Purple
Pink

Only the Hot Shot is available in these colors:
White




The North Face Surge vs The North Face Jester


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38
BEST
Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Jester
The North Face Jester

4.29

Based on 20,743 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.7-1.8 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated a little bit better than the Jester.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 26,660 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 72% heavier than the biggest Jester (3.1 oz vs 1.8 oz).

FeatureSurgeJester
Compression straps
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Green
Red
Purple
Pink

Only the Jester is available in these colors:
Orange
Yellow




The North Face Surge vs The North Face Recon


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38

Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38

Based on 15,774 reviews

Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated about the same as the Recon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 21,691 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Surge is 6% bigger than the biggest Recon (33 L vs 31 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 19% heavier than the biggest Recon (3.1 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureSurgeRecon
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Green
Red
Purple
Pink

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Orange
Yellow
White




The North Face Surge vs The North Face Router


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38

Based on 5,917 reviews
Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Router
The North Face Router

4.40
BEST
Based on 608 reviews

Capacity: 35 l
Weight: 2.35-2.5 oz
Price: $$

  • The Surge is rated about the same as the Router.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 6,525 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Surge is 6% smaller than the biggest Router (33 L vs 35 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Surge is 24% heavier than the biggest Router (3.1 oz vs 2.5 oz).

FeatureSurgeRouter
Compression straps
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Reflective
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Black
Blue
Green
Red

Only the Surge is available in these colors:
Purple
Pink







Selected Reviews


Midwest Basecamp people

Midwest Basecamp

If you need a go-anywhere, carry lots of stuff backpack, the Surge Transit is a good option. Whether getting organized for the commute to work or for a weekend away, this works in a multitude of ways and is comfortable while carrying. The Lifetime warranty makes it a safe bet that this will stay with you a long time.

Posted 26 July 2017 by Kovas Palubinskas - Read full review


RMK Outdoors

Overall, I feel as though for a day to day pack for school and work this backpack will do excellent and I am very excited to break it in and see how it preforms.

Posted 29 July 2015 by Trevor - Read full review

Renegade Travels

Having used this laptop for a few days I have to say that I’m really happy with it and am now even more looking forward to spending a few months in Europe early next year knowing that I have such an excellent backpack. No more airport hassles or damaged laptops for me.

Posted 2 November 2014 by Renegade Travels - Read full review

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Last updated on May 12, 2019