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The North Face Borealis Backpack

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        The North Face Borealis Backpack
         
        4.6

        (based on 978 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (735)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (157)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (43)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (15)

        • 1 Stars

           

          (28)

        94%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Comfortable (643)
        • Attractive (495)
        • Lightweight (483)
        • Durable (455)
        • Great features (391)

        Cons

        • Too small (58)
        • Not enough pockets (28)
        • Small capacity (26)
        • Heavy / bulky (22)
        • Wears out quickly (17)

        Best Uses

        • School (989)
        • Computer (364)
        • Commuting (282)
        • Travel (252)
        • Office (160)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Practical (274), Stylish (242), Comfort-oriented (223), Modern (170), Casual/ recreational (167)
          • Primary use:
          • Personal (492), Business (49)
          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Comfort driven (130), Survivalist / minimalist (67)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (588), Yes (162)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Incredible Update and Re-Design

        I always knew that the North Face had incredible packs but I was blown away when I used this pack for the first time. These packs are designed just for women!! I haven't...Read complete review

        I always knew that the North Face had incredible packs but I was blown away when I used this pack for the first time. These packs are designed just for women!! I haven't seen any other brand do that before. That is so clever of them to add the night soft fabric inside of the pockets to keep my phone and sunglasses from getting scratched. I am bummed I have to wait until next school year to show off my pack but I am going to use it all summer long!!!!

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Buyer beware!,

        I purchased this same product TWICE, yes twice for my son for school. The first one lasted 6 months when the mesh side pocket he keeps his water bottle developed a hole. The...Read complete review

        I purchased this same product TWICE, yes twice for my son for school. The first one lasted 6 months when the mesh side pocket he keeps his water bottle developed a hole. The second one lasted 5 months when the same thing happened!! Just a basic Camelbak water bottle was kept in there, nothing more. I have received terrible treatment from warranty. Telling me it's considered "regular wear and tear". To me that's an out for them to not stand behind their product. And for silly Mom's like myself to make the same mistake twice by repurchasing means more money for TNF! Simply put, TNF is not making the quality products they did even 5 years ago and the problem is you once had that awesome "life time warranty" that made customers like myself want to come back. Now, after a decade plus....I'm officially done :( My local store staff were always pleasant and provided such excellent customer service it has been a pleasure to shop there but, the treatment from Warranty is a deal breaker, sorry!

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        3.0

        Maybe buy again

        By 

        from California

        About Me Practical, Stylish

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Great Features

        Cons

        • Not Enough Pockets
        • Too Small
        • Wears Out Quickly

        Best Uses

        • Books
        • School

        Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

        The straps wore out very fast as well as the water bottle side pouches so bad quality all in all.

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

        great except for breaking suspended straps!!

        By 

        from Clemson, SC

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Poor Quality
        • Wears Out Quickly

        Best Uses

        • School

        Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

        I got this backpack in the middle of the '16-'17 school year after my old backpack broke. I ordered this one and it was great for a while but around October the straps began to slowly rip. Granted I do carry a heavy load each day but not so heavy that this backpack should have worn out so quickly. Now, one of the straps is hanging by three threads and I am hoping it can survive the rest of the year! Besides the straps, the rest of the backpack is in pretty much perfect condition aside from several tears in the side pouches. Because of the overall quality, I will most likely repurchase a North Face backpack for next year, but this time without the suspended straps!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great, but could be better

        By 

        from Fairfield, CT

        About Me Classic, Practical

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Great Features
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Too Small
        • Wears Out Quickly

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • Travel

        Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

        I have used this backpack for four years of school, and many flights. This backpack is good for carrying smaller loads, but I cannot fit more than two binders in it. The inside pockets have all ripped, but they were very nice while they lasted. The backpack is very comfortable to wear, and I really like the design. I will be getting another north face backpack, but it will be a larger one. I reccommend it for a carry on or a commuting bag, but it can be a bit small for students.

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

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Terrible redesign.

        By 

        from Troy, NY

        About Me Classic, Practical

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable

        Best Uses

          Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

          Unfortunately, I have the an older Borealis, which I've had for about 15 years. It's a hiking daypack, with accommodations for a hydration bladder, a thick, useful waist belt that could stow away in the bag, and comfortable shoulder straps. It has been my everything bag -- carry on for flights, commuting on my bike, hiking excursions, carrying camera gear, overnight bag for travel. I still have itand use it on occasion, but it's getting long in the tooth, so I checked out the new Borealis line as a replacement.

          The new Borealis is now a bookbag. There is no compatibility with hydration systems. The waist band is thin and useless. The shoulder straps are thick, but the padded section is too short and too rigid. All of the outdoor utility is completely gone. I ended up getting the Angstrom 28, which I've been very happy with, as it has all the features of my old Borealis and a few extras.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Borealis: Lots to like, but not perfect

          By 

          from Ottawa, Canada

          About Me Career, Practical

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Great Features
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Computer
            • School

            Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

            There's lots to like about the Borealis backpack, as others have said, so I won't repeat all the positives here. But, there's a few things I don't care for. The stiff back piece is also quite bendy, so if the pack is not full and sitting vertically on your lap (as when riding the city bus), the back bends like a banana, not to mention the bottom edge of the back board digging into my legs. It's the same when standing the pack up on the floor or somewhere, it just bends. Another thing, I don't use the waist straps so I removed them, but then I've got these two stupid-looking buckles (or whatever they're called where the straps attach) still hanging at the corners there. Who uses waist straps anyway? I wish it didn't have them at all, or they could be completely removed. Finally, I find the pack overall is about 1 inch too tall. It wouldn't matter except that stiff back piece tends to bump and hook into the belt I'm wearing on my pants, which is quite annoying, and I don't understand why it needs to be quite so tall. Apart from these complaints, the pack is great In every other way I can think of, durable, stylish, convenient, etc.

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

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            THIS PRODUCT IS UNREALIABLE

            By 

            from Jacksonville, FL

            About Me Modern, Practical, Stylish

            Pros

            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Poor Quality
            • Too Small
            • Wears Out Quickly

            Best Uses

              Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

              this product worked well 50% of the time, but when i needed to put more binders in or when things got heavy, it did not hold. The backpack strap broke after only 8 months of use. It was not roomy and is defiantly not durable. Luckily I was in school when this happened but if i was mountain climbing, my supplies would have dropped down the mountain and i would die of starvation.

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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best backpack I have ever owned

              By 

              from Bend, OR

              About Me Career, Practical, Stylish

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Computer
                • Hiking
                • School
                • Travel

                Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

                This backpack has lasted me about 3 years now and I use it almost every day! I love it and am going to buy another one! I have used it for everything from traveling across the world to hiking to school books and it works for it all!

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                this backpack makes me hate school a little less

                By 

                from tuscaloosa, al

                About Me Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable
                • Roomy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • School

                  Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

                  i have used this product for school for almost a year, and honestly it makes me feel so organized and prepared for every day because of the vast amount of storage space! carrying what feel like 20 pounds of books and things, i wouldn't call it comfortable, but the back support makes it bearable. overall super cute and stylish too!

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

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love this product for school.

                  By 

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Books
                    • Commuting
                    • Computer
                    • School
                    • Travel

                    Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

                    I love this backpack because it can fit everything I need for work and school in it. It is very comfortable if you need to wear it for a long period of time. In my school so many people have this backpack and we would all recommend this product.

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

                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Disappointed

                    By 

                    from Baton Rouge, LA

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Comfortable

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality
                    • Wears Out Quickly

                    Best Uses

                    • Books
                    • Computer
                    • School

                    Comments about The North Face Borealis Backpack:

                    I bought this book bag to replace my first Northface book bag that I had for years and loved. I was really excited for this purchase when I finally got it in the mail. It had a lot of room and was extremely comfortable. But, within a week of using it at school, I began to notice that the water bottle pockets were ripping. I could not believe it because my original book bag never had wear and tear so quickly. Now, I have two large holes on both water bottle pockets. Also, the inside lining is ripping off. I don't know why the quality of the book bag has decreased so significantly, but I will be looking at different brands in the future.

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

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