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WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK

4.5 467 Reviews

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Details

Coveted women-specific daypack provides 25-liters of pack volume, and boasts two large zip pockets so you can stash gear quickly and hit the road. The main compartment features a padded laptop sleeve (fits most 15" laptops), a protective tablet sleeve, and an almost equally large secondary zip pocket with built-in organizational sleeves. A bungee cord lets you lash on additional gear, or cinch down the interior contents.

Features

  • Women-specific, FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps with additional PE foam for added comfort
  • Comfortable, padded Chemise back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support
  • Reflective light loop
  • Winged, stowable hipbelt
  • Large main compartment with laptop sleeve, tablet sleeve and hydration port
  • Secondary compartment with organization
  • Front stash pocket
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Removable sternum strap

Product Specifications

Style:
CE86
Fabric:
420D nylon, 600D polyester print, 300D mini-ripstop,1680D ballistics nylon
Avg Weight:
2 lbs 7 oz (1114 g)
Volume:
1526 in3 (25 liters)
Dimensions:
19" x 13.5" x 7.5" (48 cm x 34.5 cm x 18.5 cm)
Laptop Sleeve:
13.5” x 10.5” x 1.75”
Source:
Imported
Guarantee:
Lifetime Warranty

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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TheNorthFaceWOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK
 
4.7

(based on 467 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (378)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

95%

of reviewers recommend this product.

Pros

  • Packable (18)
  • Waterproof (15)
  • Reflective (12)
  • Breathable (10)
  • Windproof (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hiking (15)
  • School (9)
  • Computer (4)
  • Mountain biking (4)
  • Training (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (5), Classic style (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Backpack for me!

I've seen a few reviews where people in general, complain about the style of a backpack but the issue isn't the backpack itself. The issue is that the backpack they tried didn't suit their...Read complete review

I've seen a few reviews where people in general, complain about the style of a backpack but the issue isn't the backpack itself. The issue is that the backpack they tried didn't suit their needs. Don't get fooled by review stars being less than a five. Read the reviews and decide for yourself.

This particular backpack is smaller than a couple others I own but that's what makes it perfect. It has a ton of room for its apparent size and what I mean by that is that I can seemingly stuff it full of things and it holds them perfectly. I carry an iPad Retina, an iPhone, a bunch of cables and adapters that I put in a separate accessory bag, wireless headphones, wired earbuds, a water bottle, a selection of writing instruments and a variety of things from my handbag if I want to go without a handbag for the day. Everything fits perfectly.

I'm expecting a 15" MacBook Pro Retina to arrive next week and I bought a Speck case for it. The Speck case fits in the laptop pocket and zips without problem so I suspect I'll not have any issues fitting a 15" MBP into this backpack. I'll be carrying its 85W charger and potentially a mouse if I can't get used to gestures, plus an external wireless HD in a hard case of its own. I'll still have room for the bag of cables and adapters and oh yeah, some of my favorite candies too.

My Borealis is a couple years old but you can't tell by the appearance. I bought the teal colored bag and there's not a mark on it. It's been with me through the airport and the hospital more times than I can count and I've lugged it around town as my primary backpack. I do have a 2nd backpack that isn't the same brand which I use when I have to load up to the gills for a long trip. That bag gets super heavy when it's packed. This one is manageably heavy for me.

I'm 5'0" and for my size, this bag is perfect.

If you're not sure whether or not the size of this particular backpack is for you, just go to your nearest dealer and try it out first. Don't buy it, then slam the backpack rating because it doesn't meet your needs. There are hundreds of thousands of designs out there on the Internet. You can't expect that all backpacks meet all needs. It's just not reasonable. Make sure you know what you want to put in the backpack and look for one that has sufficient space to meet your needs. My needs change depending on where I'm going and what I'll be doing so I have a couple of styles that I can choose from. I bought a Swiss backpack at a local office supply store and I use that one when I need ultra storage but for day to day for my needs, this one is perfect.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

On the fence

So when I received this backpack it did not look like the picture online. I bought the colour in Moonlight Ivory/Miami Orange, and the organizer pocket was not in fact, orange, it...Read complete review

So when I received this backpack it did not look like the picture online. I bought the colour in Moonlight Ivory/Miami Orange, and the organizer pocket was not in fact, orange, it was gray. Also, something not pointed out is that the laptop sleeve, though padded, does not reach the bottom of the backpack. It is suspended leaving an inch of unusable space at the bottom corner of the backpack. Another feature that North Face should have added was to make the padding removable. Because the padding isn't removable but rather sewn in, there is very little room to fit my notebooks and textbooks. Although this guarantees the laptop having space, it is obvious that the sleeve is designed for Macs, not bulkier laptops like a Dell. My school Dell laptop stretches the fabric of the sleeve. Also, the backpack is heavier than I anticipated, and although still very light, not as light as I would have liked. The front of the backpack slouches down in a very unattractive manner, giving the backpack a "beer belly" of sorts. Organizer pockets are nice, they fit everything I need but I feel like they should have been sewn with a little wiggle room, because when I put my Ti-84 calculator and math set in there the math set gets squished and everything feels tight. Organizer pocket has enough room to fit a whole notebook or a few novels. Overall for the money I feel like I could have gotten the Jester II and been much more satisfied. But since the return process for me is too complicated and school is almost starting I will be keeping this backpack and will try to learn to love it.

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5.0

What a great investment!

By 

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy
  • Seasonal
  • Tough
  • Uniersal Usage
  • Universal Usage

Cons

  • Light Colors Display Dirt

Best Uses

  • Books
  • Commuting
  • Computer
  • Daily use
  • Hiking
  • School
  • Travel

Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

I bought this to use for just a college, but considering this is a North Face product I decided to try it out on a few hikes. Well....I can't possibly rave enough about this backpack. I went out to the Colorado Desert and this backpack was the perfect size, and wt. I now reside in SF and take this out on daily hikes with the pup.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
2.0

I'm sad it doesn't work for me.

By 

from Bowling Green, KY

About Me Classic, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Roomy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Books
    • Computer
    • School

    Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

    I bought this backpack before I started my first year of college because I liked the designs and color options. I love all the space that it provides for books and my computer and the way that it looked. The downside was when I started carrying it. After the first week of school, I realized that the backpack was rubbing in a certain way on the back of my shirts that caused pilling. I now was so conscious of this problem that I couldn't carry the backpack and wear a nice shirt anymore. It might have been the way I carried it and it might have been the backpack, I don't know. Bottom line is that I'm really disappointed it didn't work for me and I will probably be looking for another backpack.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Have to order another one...

    By 

    from Decatur, AL

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Great Features
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Books
      • Computer
      • School

      Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

      I bought this backpack for one daughter as a "off to college" backpack and now her sister just has to have one! Sooo cute and holds everything!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great backpack!

      By 

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Roomy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Books
        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

        When I left for college, I asked my parents to buy me this backpack as a going away gift since I read so many great reviews about it. Although it is in the pricier side, it was definitely worth it! Two years and a lot books later, I am now in need of a new one. Probably going to use this backpack for the rest of my schooling career.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not water resistant

        By 

        from College Station

        About Me Practical

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

            My books were damaged from a light rain shower because this backpack is not water resistant as it claims to be. Not recommended.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            very disappointed, will not protect contents from rain

            By 

            from Houston, TX

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

              • Books

              Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

              Very disappointed in this backpack. Does not protect your books from rain. Now having to pay for water damaged books that were inside my zipped backpack. Never had this problem with JanSport. Expected more from North Face!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Worst Backpack Ever!

              By 

              from Minnesota

              About Me Practical

              Pros

                Cons

                • Not Enough Pockets
                • Too Small

                Best Uses

                  Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

                  When I first saw this backpack online, I thought it was super cute, especially the color. I asked my parents to get it for me as a birthday present, and they did. I was really excited when I got it because the Borealis backpack is the bag that everyone at school uses. I took it to school the next day, and I don't understand how people use this for school, because it barely fits anything! I couldn't bring home everything that I wanted to, and I'm only in 8th grade. Imagine how much worse it would be for high schoolers! This product is a huge disappointment. The North Face products are usually very good, but this one needs to be improved drastically (especially for the expensive price). I will be returning this backpack tomorrow.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Great But

                  By 

                  from Undisclosed

                  Site Member

                  Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

                  I was very happy with my purchase, it was exactly what I was looking for. Spacious and trendy. However the built in laptop cuddler makes he main compartment a big smaller, but it works great for me.

                   
                  5.0

                  WOMEN??S BOREALIS BACKPACK

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                  from Undisclosed

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                  Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

                  Was exactly what I was expecting for, nice colors, good size, resistant material, and something I would get again for my kids.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent buy

                  By 

                  from Undisclosed

                  Site Member

                  Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

                  Great product. It is exactly what the website said it was & just what I was looking for. Got here within a week & couldn't be any happier.

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