North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face Borealis is a versatile backpack that can be used for anything from school to light travel. Its smaller size has made it popular with people with smaller frames or for those who want a functional backpack without the bulk.

Unlike the similar North Face Jester, the Borealis offers a separate laptop zip laptop compartment that is padded and fleece-lined to protect against bumps and falls. The front of the bag includes a smaller tablet pocket and an external bungee. The bungee is what gives the Borealis its old-school mountaineering look. Use the bungee cord is perfect for quickly stashing jackets, blankets and other larger items when you are on the go.

Note: North Face has different versions of this backpack for both men and women. There are subtle differences between the two. You can view the North Face Women’s Borealis here.

What we like

  • Awesome fleece lined laptop sleeve. Our laptops and tablets feel protected.

  • Good size for anyone looking for a small/medium sized backpack that isn’t too bulky.

What we don’t like

  • Bottom of the bag is curved making it hard for the bag to sit upright without leaning it on something.

  • Not weather proof. Chances are that the inside of your bag will get wet if caught in a heavy downpour.


  • Dimensions: 19.75” H x 13.25” W x 9.75” D

  • Capacity: 28L

  • Material: 500D Nylon Oxford Slub, 420D Nylon, 210D Cordura Nylon Ripstop

  • Weight: 2lbs 11oz

  • Laptop Compartment: Up to 15”

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