North Face backpacks are a very popular choice for both students and adults who regularly commute. This is likely due to the wide range of available styles that they offer and their superior construction. The purpose of our article is to review and rank 10 of the best North Face backpacks available. The criteria we are going to use in our ranking process include the following:

  1. Average User Rankings
  2. Pocket Count
  3. Style
  4. Overall Price Range
  5. Alternative Color Choices

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10. The North Face Recon Backpack

One of the best North Face backpacks we found is the Recon series. Designed for use by both men and women, this backpack comes in a wide range of styles. It also offers an ample storage area on the front of it that’s secured by a mesh liner.

The North Face Recon Backpack - Asphalt Grey & Sulphur Spring Green -...
  • The updated FlexVent suspension system features a flexible yoke built from custom injection-molded shoulder straps, an...
  • Dedicated, highly protective laptop compartment. Huge main compartment for books and binders, and front compartment with...
  • Front, extendable stash pocket with daisy chains for added lash points. Reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs...

Pros

  • Ideal for men and women
  • Roomy storage compartments
  • Tapered bottom

Cons

  • Lower than average compartment count

9. The North Face Vault Backpack

In terms of affordability, the Vault series is another excellent choice to consider. This model also incorporates a floating laptop sleeve that is ideal for compact laptop designs. With its water bottle carrier on the side, it’s also an excellent choice for active individuals.

The North Face Vault, Cosmic Bomber Blue, One Size
  • Floating padded 15" laptop sleeve in main compartment protects laptop from bumps and falls
  • Two mesh water bottle pockets
  • The Flex Vent suspension system boasts compression-molded shoulder straps and a padded air-mesh back panel with a spine...

Pros

  • Water bottle carriers on each side
  • Separate laptop sleeve
  • Durable straps

Cons

  • The exterior looks plain

8. The North Face Jester Laptop Backpack

The Borealis model climbs slightly in purchase price. However, it offers plenty of storage with a holding capacity of approximately 25 liters. We also like that it features a removable hip belt to help distribute the weight of the backpack more evenly.

The North Face Jester Backpack - Persian Orange & Grisaille Grey - OS
  • The updated FlexVent suspension system features a flexible yoke built from custom injection-molded shoulder straps, an...
  • Large main compartment for books and binders, padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment protects your goods from...
  • Updated front elastic bungee system for external storage, two extended mesh water bottle pockets, and reflective...

Pros

  • Massive storage space
  • Removable hip belt included
  • Includes bungee cord storage area on the back

Cons

  • Offers limited organizational capacity

7. The North Face Surge Laptop Backpack

Although it’s a bit on the pricey side, the Surge is another one of the best North Face backpacks available. It features multiple independent compartments and it comes in several beautiful style choices.

The North Face Women's Recon Backpack - Urban Navy Light Heather &...
  • The updated FlexVent suspension system features a flexible yoke built from custom injection-molded shoulder straps, an...
  • Women-specific shoulder straps are flexible so they contour to a wide range of women's body types. Features sternum...
  • Large main compartment for books and binders, front compartment with internal organization has an extra padded tablet...

Pros

  • Suitable for shoppers with medium laptops
  • Offers plenty of back support
  • Multiple color options to choose from

Cons

  • A bit on the expensive side

6. The North Face Hot Shot Laptop Backpack

Users who need to take their laptop with them wherever they go may want to consider the Hot Shot series. While it does sacrifice pocket count, the separate laptop sleeve is lined with fleece to ensure your laptop stays protected from accidental bumps.

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The North Face Hot Shot Backpack, TNF Black, One Size
  • The FlexVent suspension system boasts custom injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded mesh back panel with a spine...
  • Padded, fleece-lined laptop sleeve in the main compartment protects laptop from bumps and falls
  • Padded, fleece-lined tablet sleeve located in the front D-door compartment for quick access

Pros

  • Protects your laptop from accidental bumps
  • Comes in nine different styles
  • Ventilated back padding helps keep you cool

Cons

  • Offers only one standard storage compartment

5. The North Face Router Daypack

While it will cost you a bit more, the Router line is another viable choice for many reasons. For starters, it features five separate storage compartments. It also offers a great deal of padding in both the shoulder and back areas.

TNF Router Transit Pack
  • Two water bottle pockets made with Teksever fabric discreetly hold their contents
  • External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • The FlexVentTM suspension system features custom injection-molded shoulder straps, a padded mesh back panel with a spine...

Pros

  • Shoulder straps feature extra padding
  • Flat bottom design simplifies transport and storage
  • Carrying handle located on the back

Cons

  • More expensive than many other models

4. The North Face Mini Berkeley

Many shoppers will likely be looking for a backpack that is suitable for their child. This is where the Mini Berkeley line shines. With its small size, it’s the perfect option for young adults. It’s also one of the most affordable options on our list.

The North Face Mini Berkeley Backpack - Bossa Nova Red & Conquer Blue...
  • A classic, versatile The North Face backpack for tiny explorers. Zippered main top compartment and secondary compartment...
  • The North Face products are warrantied to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the...
  • The North Face's fundamental mission remains unchanged since 1966: Provide the best gear for our athletes and the...

Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • Lightweight enough for young adults
  • The durable exterior is easy to clean

Cons

  • Not an ideal choice for grown adults

3. Berkeley Backpack

The Iron Peak backpack surprised us with the large storage volume that it offers. It’s also the second option on our list that incorporates a separate storage area that is lined with fleece to protect your laptop. In addition, it also has a small inner compartment that is great for pens and pencils.

The North Face Berkeley Backpack - Urban Navy & Persian Orange - OS
  • Classic, versatile The North Face backpack. Zippered main top compartment and secondary compartment for organization....
  • The North Face products are warrantied to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the...
  • The North Face's fundamental mission remains unchanged since 1966: Provide the best gear for our athletes and the...

Pros

  • Perfect for protecting your laptop while commuting
  • Offers great weight distribution
  • Inner compartment keeps small objects safe

Cons

  • The oversized front panel looks boring

2.The North Face Women’s Jester Backpack

 

For some users, portability is key in their preferred backpack design. This is one area where the Microbyte series excels. Even with its small size, it still has enough space to hold up to a 13-inch laptop with ease.

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The North Face Women's Jester Backpack - Tin Grey & Mid Grey - OS
  • The updated FlexVent suspension system features a flexible yoke built from custom injection-molded shoulder straps, an...
  • Women-specific shoulder straps are flexible so they contour to a wide range of women's body types. Features sternum...
  • Large main compartment for books and binders, front compartment with internal organization has an extra padded tablet...

Pros

  • Compact design is great for dorms
  • Still offers enough space for small laptops
  • Extra large strap design improves comfort

Cons

  • Lacks additional style choices

1. The North Face Jester Backpack

Our number one choice for best North Face backpacks is the Jester series. It offers a good balance of affordability, portability, and a heavy duty design. With its extra large straps and ample back cushioning, it’s also extremely comfortable too.

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The North Face Jester Backpack - Sedona Sage Grey & Conquer Blue - OS...
  • The updated FlexVent suspension system features a flexible yoke built from custom injection-molded shoulder straps, an...
  • Large main compartment for books and binders, padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment protects your goods from...
  • Updated front elastic bungee system for external storage, two extended mesh water bottle pockets, and reflective...

Pros

  • Available in a wide range of styles and colors
  • Water bottle holders on each side
  • Oversized carrying handle with double stitching

Cons

  • The front fabric type tends to collect dirt easily

Conclusion

One of the nicest things about the North Face backpacks that we reviewed is that they come in a wide range of color and style choices. This helps guarantee that you should have no problem finding the perfect backpack to fit you or your child’s needs. If there is a North Face backpack that you want to recommend, tell us about it below.

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