The North Face Borealis comes highly recommended from our testers and takes our Best Buy Award. With a resilient, abrasion resistant fabric, this bag handles everything from sidewalk falls to terrible weather. It features two large compartments, perfect for packing away binders, folders, groceries, and more. Also, it has several organizational pockets that allow for ample storage opportunities. Our testers love the reliable bungee strap on the front of the pack that can comfortably hold anything from an extra jacket to a spare water bottle to a bike helmet. It is just as easy to remove the item as it is to install. As a result of these great features and its all-day comfort, it's great to wear to school, work, out on a hike, or just around town.
While this isn't the least expensive backpack, it certainly has the best value. A closely ranked competitor, the North Face Recon is a little larger offering 31L of storage in comparison to 28L. While this provides more room, the Borealis is by far more comfortable and has more external features. As a result, we think its a more versatile. Overall, this high-value competitor that is great for pretty much any function. Enjoy it in all its glory!
The North Face refreshed the Borealis for 2018. Keep reading to learn about the changes.