The North Face Terra 65 Packis rated4.3333out of5by9.
Rated4out of5byIdaho Loganfromgood packThis is my first internal pack. I feel it almost met my expectations. It is not as comfortable or as durable as my Kelty external frame pack, but I am happy with it.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated4out of5byMark Edward ZonafromGood Pack When Used Per DesignOverall, I use this as my long day (lightweight and cinched) and 2-3 night (stuffed to the gills) pack.
When packed properly it distributes weight quite well, with ample room within the bag to store necessities plus a few comforts. The bottom compartment can be a challenge to fit my synthetic sleeping bag into without use of a *serious* compression bag - which has its own pros/cons - but it unzips internally to provide other packing options.
For multi-day trips the side zipper comes in VERY handy, as the pack is usually so full that it would be very inefficient to have to try and dig around through from the top.
One point that I have seen several comments on is the lack of external pockets and lashing points. These are both valid observations, but I feel that is due to the design for this packs use. Personally, I use it adventuring out in the middle of Nowhere, Central/South America (literally). Gear tied to the outside would get me stuck on jungle brush which I'm trying to move through quickly, and additional outer pockets would require stops to get to gear. (I personally find it a lot easier to compensate by wearing a safari/photography vest - bug stuff and sunblock in one pocket, headlamp in another, etc.) That said, there is a lower loop set to use 3/4" straps to hold a closed-cell sleeping pad (or something similar), a couple of spots to clip on stuff sacks if necessary, and a pocket/loop to hold collapsed trekking poles when not in use. (If I need more than this for an excursion, I use a larger Osprey external frame pack.) If you use this pack for its intended purpose, it is great. (And if you need something more versatile, check out the REI Crestrail.)
The only real issues that I have had with this pack so far is that in the hotter tropical climates that I go to it can get a bit hot on my back, which is to be expected from any internal frame pack. Also, the zipper on the [godly] outer pocket snags at the least opportune times. Both are very minor beefs though.
Final Note: If you are reviewing YouTube videos on this pack, please note that the US version of the pack does not include the cover that is shown in the European video reviews; you need to buy a separate one.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated4out of5bydumbodorffromOptifit adjustmentOK. this is important. If you are on the smaller end of the torso adjustment, there is an internal strap with a locking tab at the very bottom back of the pack. If this strap is not tight, the straps will slip back up again with use as the velcro is not enough to hold the shoulder straps in place. In my case I had to reach in to the hip belt slot and grab the strap and pull it taut and then flip the friction lock at the bottom back of the pack. Now the straps will stay in place.
This pack is a great deal on sale. I have not used many packs but I do find this one comfortable on overnight backpacking trips.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated5out of5byKate the adventure seekerfromEverything packI love this backpack! I use it all the time, I go on long camping trips and hiking trips with this pack!
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated5out of5bybdc84osufromGreat Entry Pack that works and takes aMy daughter has this pack and it is so simple to adjust the fit. I found this critical after renting a pack for our first trip. The North Face pack was simple and easy to adjust, the rental pack which costs a lot more was not easy or simple (Torso length). While the sleeping bag pocket is to small for our camping bags, it has really simple access. The side zippers let you get to the middle of the pack easily without unpacking the whole bag, Top access is very large (bear canister). This pack is not huge, it has some weight but it rides nice and close and does not move around. I try not to carry a bunch of extra stuff on the outside to keep it simple. It only has two outside pockets for easy access to small stuff but I wear shirts and pants that make getting to stuff I need in a hurry easier. Not water proof but a rain cover worked great. Two large outside water bottle pockets or rain wear pockets if you use an internal bladder. Need to get straps to attach tent or matress pad to the bottom.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated4out of5byObstacle RacerfromGreat PackI will start with the negative. The seem around the compression top came undone. I had to sew it up myself. This is pretty minor as I am pretty good with a needle and thread. I have done a few trips with this pack, normally I pack pretty light; however, I recently went on a trek where I was responsible for two others. My pack easily weighed 70lbs and after an 12 mile hike to our site, I was surprise how well it held up. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a decent pack. I am sure the seem issue was just a fluke but that is why I am only giving it four starts.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated4out of5bymcwarrenfromExcellent bag!This is my bug out bag. It has all the space I need.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated4out of5byDrDirtfromPerformed well50-mile, 5-day back-country hike
Held a tent, mummy bag, stove, food, first-aid kit, water, and clothes.
Hydration bladder fits in zippered pouch and tube strings over straps for access while hiking.
Could use a small, easy-to-access, external, zippered pouch.
Plenty of places to attach additional gear to outside.
Date published: 2013-04-03
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