The North Face Unisex Borealis Backpack


The North Face backpack

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  1. Amazon Customer says:
    70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome Backpack For an Average College Student, October 17, 2015
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    My previous backpack got me through my freshman year of college well enough but it certainly failed me in a plethora of ways. I had a very basic, very hot pink Jansport Sport backpack with two large pockets, and two small pockets. I was sure that it would be “the one” because of it’s obnoxious color and its size but I was so painfully wrong. It was the thinnest, least waterproof material I’ve ever had in a backpack, the structure was virtually nonexistent so keeping it upright in class was actually impossible, and it was way too big for what I needed. Though the color was blindingly beautiful, my daily wear caused a denim blue patch on the back where my jeans met the material. This year, I decided to find my dream backpack and I think I found it.

    I wanted something durable enough for me to be able to use it for the whole year and hopefully longer. It had to be functional before it was beautiful so I needed the right number of pockets in the right location. Personally, I would rather not mess around with a pencil pouch so I wanted to find a bag that had a really small pencil-sized zipper pocket at the top so I could set it upright next to my chair and easily access my writing utensils. I also was looking for a thicker material that was either waterproof, or somewhat water resistant since I walk over a mile to and from campus for class every day.

    A laptop pouch wasn’t a necessity since I don’t carry that with me every day but it was something that I would consider a bonus, even better if it was padded. Same goes for the straps, if I could find something padded, awesome. If not, oh well. I liked the idea of having two water bottle holders as well since I do my fair share of coffee drinking and water drinking but again, that wasn’t a deal breaker.

    If I could find at least most of these in a bag, all for under $100 I would have been satisfied.

    The Northface Borealis backpack has met all of these criteria for me and I really couldn’t be happier with it. I bought mine in the color Zink Grey Heather/Asphalt Grey. It’s extremely durable so far (I’ve had it for just over three weeks now) and I think it’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

    There’s quite a bit of ‘backbone’ to this backpack and it stands upright on it’s own when there’s stuff inside it. This makes leaning it up on my chair during classes very easy, and there just so happens to be a nice little pouch on top of the bag where I can fit all my pens, pencils, highlighters, and my clicker (a device I need fast access to for almost every class).

    This backpack also has little flaps that fold over the zippers that, paired with the thick material, effectively keep rain water from soaking its contents. There is also a perfectly sized laptop pouch that’s padded. It fits my 13” MacBook pro (which has a hard case on it) like a glove. I actually think it was made for it, it’s amazing. As if it could get any better, the straps are padded, and so is the entire back of the bag (what??).

    An added bonus that wasn’t in my initial criteria at all is the reflective pieces on the front. Sometimes I walk home in the dark along a somewhat busy road and these are an awesome feature that I didn’t even know I needed.

    The only things that are less than perfect about this bag are very minor. Although it has two bottle pockets, I wish they were a little bit deeper. I carry a 750 ml CAMELBAK water bottle and sometimes I’m a little worried that it might fall out but it hasn’t so far, so maybe that’s just a psychological thing. It also has quite a few clips and buckles on it which might be perfect for someone who uses this backpack for camping and hiking but for an average college student who only carries a few pounds worth of stuff at a time, they’re a little unnecessary.

    As for features that I’m neutral about, there are quite a few little compartments in the second large zipper pocket that I don’t use at all. They don’t get in my way or anything and I don’t dislike them, I just don’t need them for my own personal use. I know some people love all the organizational pockets though, and this bag certainly has a lot. These might actually be helpful for things like notecards or paper clips or anything that you carry around in multiples that you don’t want scattered across the depths of your backpack.

    Overall, this backpack fits my needs perfectly, and my wants very well. I love the way it looks and functions. At $79.99 I really think it was a fantastic purchase and I would definitely recommend it to any college student like me who lives 85% of their life with their backpack by their side.

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  2. fluentographer says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the best backpacks on the market., October 9, 2016
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    Great backpack for the price! The quality is great. The tactile and rugged zippers, pouches, straps, and the entire bag itself is outstanding. The size is perfect for students who will be carying a laptop, 2-3 one inch binders, 1-2 folders, a composition notebook, and much more space for smaller supplies such as pens and pencils. Even with all this room, the bag is not bulky at all. The pack fits me, a 5’10” male, perfectly. The straps and the back are completely supported and comfortable. It makes it easy to carry for long periods at a time. Overall, a great backpack to recommend to all people whether using it for hiking or for daily school travel.

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  3. Oszkar Karai says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Really comfortable! No way you can compare it to the …, June 6, 2016
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    We just had a long, strenuous hike, and I was pleasantly surprised how well it was sitting on my back! Really comfortable! No way you can compare it to the cheaper backpacks. Plus, we got rained on on our hike and I just realized it this one was actually waterproof. Nice touch!
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