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WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK

4.5 483 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

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TheNorthFaceWOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK
 
4.7

(based on 483 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (389)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

92%

of reviewers recommend this product.

Pros

  • Comfortable (22)
  • Attractive (18)
  • Packable (18)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Durable (15)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (4)
  • Too small (4)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • School (32)
  • Computer (16)
  • Hiking (15)
  • Commuting (9)
  • Travel (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (13), Comfort-oriented (11), Classic style (8), Modern (8), Stylish (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (19), Business (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15), Yes (8)

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

Love the backpack

By 

from Philadelphia

About Me Career

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Office

    Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

    I bought this backpack because I have to carry my laptop back and forth to work on the train and it has been great! Exactly what I needed.

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

    Great bookbag

    By 

    from Alabama

    About Me Modern, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Great Features
    • Lightweight
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Books
      • School

      Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

      Great bag

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

      i love this backpack! Awesome color! Light and roomy!

      By 

      from Missouri

      About Me Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not Enough Pockets

      Best Uses

      • Books
      • Commuting
      • Computer
      • School

      Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

      Perfect foe college students! Worth the money!

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

      Great!

      By 

      from Athens, Al

      About Me Career, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Exactly what I ordered
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight
      • Roomy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Books
        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

        I have been wanting one for soooo long and I am so excited to FINALLY have one. This was a crucial item on my college list!! I LOVE IT!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        4.0

        Northface Backpack

        By 

        from Mississippi

        About Me Comfort-Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight
        • Roomy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Church youth trips.
          • School
          • Travel

          Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

          My parents got it for me because of all the church trips I'm taking this summer. And I will be a junior in HS so I'm hoping it will last until college

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

          Borealis Back Pack

          By 

          from Louisiana

          About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Great Features
          • Lightweight
          • Roomy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Books
            • Computer
            • School

            Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

            I absolutely love this back pack! It can be full of stuff and still feel light on my back. It's the MOST comfortable back pack I've ever owned and it's very durable. No straps or zippers break like other back pack brands.

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I like it very much

            By 

            from State College, PA, USA

            About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Features
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Books
              • Computer
              • School

              Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

              This bag is the first product I bought from the north face. I like it very much. The surface is waterproof, zippers are protected by special design. It looks so professional. One concern I have is whether the color will fade as time goes by. In one word, I like it very much.

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

              Love it!

              By 

              from Statesboro, GA

              About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Great Features
              • Lightweight
              • Roomy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Computer
                • School
                • Travel

                Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

                Best backpack I've ever bought! Definitely worth the money. I purchased the blue and rocket red one. The red is more of a orange which I like! Great buy I would recommend for anyone!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                3.0

                My Review

                By 

                from USA

                About Me Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable

                Cons

                • Not Enough Pockets
                • Too Small

                Best Uses

                • Computer
                • Travel

                Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

                Good backpack, it is comfortable. Though it does not have a lot of room at all,

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

                I love my new backpack!

                By 

                from Chapel Hill, NC

                About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Great Features
                • Lightweight
                • Roomy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Books
                  • Commuting
                  • Computer
                  • Office
                  • Travel

                  Comments about TheNorthFace WOMEN’S BOREALIS BACKPACK:

                  I love it and ha e received lots of compliments on it! It had the perfect amount of pockets, yet it is light. I'm so glad I got it!

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

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