The North Face Men's Borealis 18 Backpack

The North Face Men's Borealis 18 Backpack is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 271.
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A classic pack with a modern touch, The North Face® Borealis 18 Backpack combines comfort and function. Featuring the FlexVent™ suspension system, this pack keeps you comfortable with padded straps and a breathable lumbar panel. Large compartments and dedicated storage for your laptop ensures you’re prepared from the office to the outdoors. With quick-draw access to essentials like a water bottle or your phone, you can maintain momentum with ease. Complete with reflective elements, The North Face® Borealis 18 Backpack will be your pack of choice for seasons to come.


  • Men’s backpack with FlexVent™ suspension system
  • Padded mesh back panel adds comfort
  • Lumbar panel offers maximum breathability
  • Mobile-office compartment for 15’’ laptop
  • Large main compartment
  • Front compartment with padded tablet sleeve, pendolier and secure-zip pockets
  • Reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder-strap webbing
  • Two external mesh water bottle pockets
  • Quick-draw smartphone access on the side
  • External, fleece lined pocket for keys, sunglasses or phone
  • Front elastic bungee system for external storage
  • Padded top handle
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Removable waist belt


  • Best uses: Outdoor, travel, daily use
  • Dimensions: 19.75’’ x 13.25’’ x 9.75’’
  • Capacity: 28L
  • Brand: The North Face
  • Fabric Content: 100% nylon; Fir Green Camo Print: Polyester jacquard camo; Rage Red Ripstop: Cordura® nylon ripstop
  • Style: A3KV3


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Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST Backpack I have EVER Purchased! I'm a college student (who happens to be very broke) and decided to spoil myself by purchasing a nice, expensive backpack. I went with the Borealis Black w/ Patches (I chose not to buy the women's version only because I prefer thicker bands on the shoulder). It's AMAZING - there's so many pockets, the side mesh pockets for drinks can expand to fit my 40oz. Hydroflask. It is also expandable to accomodate more things - for me, this means it's easier to bring a binder, laptop, and textbook to class than ever before. I will be using it full-time in the fall, once I go back to school - and I'm 100% looking forward to it!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy, Well Built Bag I mainly use this bag as my EDC bag for work. The build quality is great. The material and zippers are very durable and should hold up well to many years of use/abuse. There are plenty of pockets and orginazition. The shoulder straps are well padded and the sternum strap helps to distribute the load during hikes. I have been a fan of TNF products for years and have never had any issues with any of their products and I'm sure this backpack will surely stand up to the test of time as well. I highly recommend this bag.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growing up - time to trade in the Jansport for a Northface! Kiddo is now a freshman in high school and claimed this is the only backpack she wanted - "I'm not a kid anymore". This backpack is perfect for her active lifestyle, gives her a sense of style and practicality, and with ample storage provides her enough room to carry everything she needs. Every tech gadget, binder and folder has a safe place and within easy reach for her. With Northface durability she assures me she'll need nothing else for the next four years, so it's "really a bargain, Mom." And she hasn't even taken an economics class yet.
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have finally found the PERFECT bag for college/traveling! Every college kid needs this bag. My initial thought about the bag when I first saw it was that it is not big enough. I was quickly proven wrong. It is so spacious, you'll never have to worry about your computer, textbooks, materials, etc. not fitting. The amount of room this practical, compact bag provides makes it well worth the price. Excellent built quality. Having lots of pockets for all my smaller materials/belongings is also a great feature. The straps have a sturdy rugged built and they're comfortable, unlike my previous bag. This product is going double as a great travel carry-on, for I will be able to pack plenty of clothes.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really solid I use this backpack for work. I drive half the time and commute on the metro rail the other half. Either way there's still a walk and it's convenient to store my laptop and all other necessities. My only gripe is that it can't seem to stand on its own and has to be laid on its back or leveraged a certain way. Other than that, really phenomenal. Great colors, feel, and very lightweight. I would definitely recommend. Considering the price, I think it is fairly expensive but my hope is that the trade off is something long lasting.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gift For Ex-Boyfriend First, I'd like to address that the backpack I bought for myself (Jester) was a 5/5 stars. The only reason this backpack has 4/5 stars is because it's not good enough for a boyfriend of 3 years. The North Face has high quality products that will last a long time if you take care of it, much like a relationship. If you're going to buy a product for someone and you two aren't in a good position, maybe aim for a carton of ice cream, because that's what you'll need if you buy them this. If I kept this backpack I'd definitely give it a 5/5. Durable- unlike my relationship. Sturdy- unlike my relationship. Built to last IF you take care of it- crazy because I took care of my relationship but people and backpacks are two different things, ya know? Anyway, yes buy this product for yourself, parent, or child only.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality Laptop Backpack With Enough Space for a Weekend Trip I've had the Borealis for about 2 weeks now (i.e. I can't make any claims on durability). I went with it based on a recommendation from a co-worker and so far I'm happy. The laptop pouch is perfect for my laptop and the straps tighten up well and sit nicely on my shoulders. I was happy to see that the lap strap was removable as well. The main pocket is plenty large enough for me to fit 2-3 changes of clothes in. Might only be 1 in the winter months, but worked great for a weekend trip in the summer. So far my only complaint has been that when you load up the small pocket near the top of the backpack, it bulges out quite a bit into the main pocket. This can make it hard to get bigger items you've put in the main pocket out since the little bulge is now partially blocking the opening). Overall, it's a minor problem as 90% of what I carry is in the small pocket and the laptop pocket.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's from The North Face, what was you expecting. I have a large, medium and a small basecamp duffel from TNF, so ordering the borealis I was expecting a great backpack and that's exactly what I have. This backpack fells custom made for me, this is exactly the way I want all my pockets and sections to easily organize and fit all my goodies from cloths to electronics and anything in between. Straps are comfortable and zippers are smooth. This will be another lifetime bag. I love yellow and black and it matches my medium duffel.
Date published: 2018-07-31
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