This is a great pack. Lots off smaller, zipper pockets and an organizer in the front section. I like the fact that there is a large, laptop section located in the rear as well as a tablet pocket. The laptop/tablet section is well padded to protect your electronic goodies!
"Great bag for daily use and to bring on a trip"
This bag has achieved legendary status among travelers and in the EDC world. For anyone looking for an awesome bag that is well organized and fits in everywhere, this can't be beat.The material is great; the zippers strong and smooth and the organization perfect for daily use. I like the separate compartment for my laptop -- keeping it safely away from all of the other stuff in my bag.This bag is the smaller brother to the equally awesome North Face Router. The style and design are similar but the Surge is 32 liters vs. 41 for the Router. For day to day, most people will probably find the Surge to be the better size; for a trip or long weekend, the Router will be great because of the extra capacity.
This backpack has a ton of room, and is super comfortable. The tablet pouch is perfect for my Microsoft Surface. The daisy chain on the from easily holds a bike light, and a carabiner with whatever you can think. Very high quality, much better than the pictures may suggest!
this bag like all other northface daypacks is constructed very well. The separate laptop compartment is my favorite feature of this bag. There is padding on all sides of the laptop compartment even on the bottom!!! It feels a lot more secure than just a single sleeve in a main compartment. straps are very comfortable and has tons of space for my tools that I carry every day for work. thanks moosejaw for the amazing deal!!
"Well built Product. Lots of storage. Great Carry-on."
Chose this over the North Face big shot II. More compartments and only one water bottle holder, who needs two, really. Other side has extra small pocket. Sunglasses pocket on top is felt lined and a nice touch. Inside the first flap is a clip for keys, a mesh pocket with zipper, and another pocket flap with Velcro closure . Web rings on the front make it easy to quickly grab. Could see using those to clip on extra items, e.g., muddy shoes. Top handle seems real strong and should hold up. Daughter had to have one as well for our flight. Expensive but she should be able to use this for years including college. Like having a backpack instead of a roll-on for air travel. Once it situated on your back you forget its there.
If you are anything like me you are always carrying a load of junk . Until I found this bag, I was using one shoulder bags. Talk about physical torture. The padding on this bag is AMAZING. It has a lot of room. It is perfect for school, and even better for those long trips. A very convenient carry on for airplane travel as well.
I've had this backpack for 4 years now and it has been with me to numerous countries and on several oceans... Even through all this it still looks almost new. It is very sturdy and fits a good many things. It fills whatever purpose you need it for and it is an awesome backpack.
I bought the Surge II about a month ago, and so far it has been excellent. I was searching for the hugest backpack I could find that would still look nice, and this one has worked out perfectly. It fits all of school stuff, which usually consists of 2 large textbooks, 5 smaller books, 4 notebooks, my 13" Mac in a case, food, water bottle, keys, money, first aid kit, stress ball, extra socks, etc. The middle pocket has a really convenient pen/pencil/marker organizer, and I really like the nice little small pocket at the top for my phone and chapstick. Even though it's heavy with all that stuff, it doesn't hurt to carry around all day. It's pretty much the best backpack ever.
As a college student, I hate having to look for sturdy bags at discount stores - none of them last, none of them are designed for having to carry your books on your back for 12 hour days. This one is. The quality is typical North Face - outstanding. They've thought of everything - there's a laptop compartment, beau coup book room in another section, and a third section that's compartmentalized for pens, phone, etc. The sternum strap is adjustable; important for a female. The back is ventilated and padded, and the shoulder straps are heavy-duty. I am incredibly pleased with this bag.
I mainly picked out this bag because of the dedicated laptop compartment, the daisy chain to clip on a bunch of gear, and the easily-accessible, lined top pocket. I also appreciate the fact that they put a stretchy, zippered compartment on the side of the bag where another bottle holder would normally be found. I mean, how often are you really carrying around two bottles? I don't see myself using the waist straps and I like the fact that they can be tucked away behind the back panel padding. Tons of storage on the inside and has cushioning on the bottom of the laptop compartment to absorb any shock when you drop your bag on the ground. Very well designed!
First off, this pack has lots of pockets. The one closest to your back can hold up to a 17 inch laptop and a 15 inch with ease. The second (the largest) pocket holds a down jacket, plus a rain jacket and a multitude of items. The third pocket, though not as large, is equally as important, carrying a GPS, Compass, map, etc. One pocket on the bottom holds an ultralite jacket or rain cover, the water bottle pockets hold water bottles plus non-important items. This pack is built like a tank. The high denier materials are bomber and withstand sil-nylon tearing branches, loose pencils on the inside poking at the exterior and such things.