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The North Face Surge Review

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4.6 Rating based on 3,931 reviews
The North Face Surge
We have checked 3,931 reviews of the The North Face Surge. Having checked all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.6 out of 5 (it is one of the 10 best 40l backpacks we have reviewed!)

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  • 81% choose the The North Face Surge ii (the most popular model)
  • 95 shops checked

We read and checked 3,931 reviews from experts and users. Here's what they think about the North Face Surge bag:

Reviewers like these things about 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.


The North Face Surge popularity compared with 2101 other bags. The Surge is one of the most popular bags around.

The list below shows how many percentage choose the different Surge models, from the most popular to the least popular model.

1The North Face Surge ii81%
2The North Face Surge ii transit19%


Average rating 4.6 based on 3,931 reviews
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Selected Reviews

Midwest Basecamp
Kovas Palubinskas
Posted 26 July 2017
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.
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RMK Outdoors
Posted 29 July 2015
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.
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Renegade Travels
Renegade Travels
Posted 2 November 2014
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.
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Backpack Specs

The North Face Surge
Capacity33-38 l (2013.8-2319 cuin)
Price range$$
Based on 59 reported specs.


  • Load-lifter straps
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Laptop compartment
  • Media pocket
  • Reflective
  • Sternum strap
Actual features depend on model


Check how much you can pack in the The North Face Surge:

The North Face Surge vs similar bags

The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge (this bag)
Rating4.6 based on 3,931 reviews
Capacity33-38 l (2013.8-2319 cuin)
Weight3-3.4 lb (1.4-1.5 kg)

The North Face Big Shot
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Rating4.9 based on 172 reviews
Capacity33 l (2013.8 cuin)
Weight2.9 lb (1.3 kg)

The North Face Borealis
The North Face Borealis
Rating4.7 based on 11,553 reviews
Capacity28-28 l (1708.7-1709 cuin)
Weight2.6-2.8 lb (1.2-1.3 kg)

The North Face Jester
The North Face Jester
Rating4.7 based on 9,861 reviews
Capacity26-26 l (1586.6-1587 cuin)
Weight1.9-2 lb (0.9-0.9 kg)

The North Face Surge vs The North Face Recon

The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon
Rating 4.7 based on 8,600 reviews
The North Face Recon and The North Face Surge are some more basic upright bags with shoulder straps. The North Face Recon features more pockets and linking straps, but little insulation on the shoulder straps. This is ideal for a more lightweight bag, but could cause discomfort to the user.

It also features wider side pockets, but a smaller secondary front pocket than the North Face Surge. The North Face Surge does not have additional small pockets of the Recon, but it does feature two side ventilators and elastic mesh side pockets. Like the Recon, the Surge also has fairly thin shoulder straps, which could cause discomfort to the user while carrying larger objects as the product intends.

The North Face Surge vs The North Face Router

The North Face Router
The North Face Router
Rating 4.7 based on 587 reviews
The North Face Router and the North Face Surge are more similar in design and function than the Surge and Recon. The Router includes the Surge's ventilators and carrying space for large objects, with a few more additional pockets for smaller objects than the Surge. While the Router exhibits all of the same features and pockets as the Surge, it appears to have improved shoulder straps than its smaller counterpart.


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The North Face Surge photos from Amazon.de. All specs and features are based on automatic shopdata reports. Please check the specs/features before buying.

Last updated on May 22, 2018

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