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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Everyday Pack Everything the other guy said. It's a great pack. Well made. Every stitch feels durable and strong. Alot of pockets and I love the two fleece lined pockets for carrying things like my go pro and phone. Things I don't want scratched. I wore it around the store for a while. I'm not a big guy and I found the straps to be dangerously close to rubbing on my neck. Once I put 10 lbs. Of weight on it, it was perfect. In fact, I found that the more weight I had, the more comfortable it got. Bottom line, out of all the day packs that are under 30L, this one is the best combination of practicality and comfort.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most comfortable urban backpacks on the market The bag is great I'm mostly using it for office and city trips. Very all-around and versatile in urban environment. I tried hiking with it, but it's not its best use obviously due to bigger weight etc. The main advantages are excellent padding almost everywhere including the laptop/tablet compartments and the small front pocket which can be used for cellphone or glasses for example. The bottle side pockets are not so large, therefore, some wider containers might not fit or not stay firmly in place during activity. All the rest is kind of perfect for me. Maybe a waterproof version could be an improvement, but then it would be in a different price range...
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Backpack! overall this bag is awesome. I bought it for school as the bag I had before was too small. In this bag im able to fit my laptop and all the books for my 4 college classes (3 small books, 4 full sized books). The pocket for the tablet works great, however i use it for a portable battery pack. The fleece pocket for my sunglasses work great and the two vertical pockets work great for my phone charger, calculator, and etc. Would definitely recommend this backpack to others. When it comes to hiking this bag is also great. I have plenty of room for water and my camera bag fits in this bag as well. The chest strap and waist strap work great as support while on long hikes.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tennis Player with the "BACKPACK"! My grandson, high school junior received this as a gift...a high-achiever, tennis player and extremely detailed ...never too organized, started his first day back to classes feeling prepared as he would say.. "strutting my new SURGE"! He left more confident knowing this backpack would enable him to locate all his school items without having to fumble around during instructional class time. Could not stop thanking me enough as he explained how important this school year is and now with the "SURGE"... "comfort" and "organization" with no time wasted. More time to concentrate on school work and tennis! Thank you North Face...we have the "SURGE"!
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great quality but flawed in design and uncomfortable First of all this is a very well made pack but for me its base weight is too heavy and it's designed so that the shoulders bear all of the weight. The laptop compartment is to tight for anything but the slimmest laptops. The fleece lining is nice and the pockets are well thought out. However the waist strap is USELESS. to have it around the waist the pack sits to low (i'm 5'10") and it takes no weight of your shoulders at all. This pack is defiantly not designed to be worn for long periods of time but would be a great school bag or for carrying lap top and documents on planes, trains etc but not good value for money for this purpose. Cant recommend for any outdoor activity.
Date published: 2015-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Road Warrior Companion Great replacement for my Marmot Gunnison. Slightly more compact, this backpack fits "under the seat in front of you" for air trips, while still holding all the tricks from the old pack. Very comfy load balance. Wish it had more robust bottle pockets on the exterior, as my Hydroflask doesn't really fit, but I can make it work. Just worried about how long the flexy bottle pocket material will last with repeated stretching. Time will tell. The vented back so far really feels vented, and I have yet to feel like my hot blooded back is suffering any this summer. I recommend this product. And I approve this message...
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When In Doubt, "Surge" It Out When I first started looking at backpacks I was not certain what to get. I knew I wanted to get a high quality bag, but didn't want to waste money doing so. This bag not only looks awesome, it accommodates all the needs of a student, or even general needs such as transporting office materials from work to home. This bag is worth the money; I love it. It has tons of pockets to keep organized, and some are super soft (like a fleece)! There is a lot of room, however, I am planning on it gaining more space as it gets broken in. I believe this bag is an investment, because I don't plan on buying another for quite some time!
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest backpack ever! This pack is awesome. I bought it to travel with and use in place of a messenger bag. The laptop compartment is really nice to have. The laptop compartment also pairs well with the camelback water delivery system. The bag is roomy and has a lot of pockets for organization. When packed full the backpack remains extremely comfortable while wearing. There is even a built in whistle on one of the straps incase you need to get someone's attention while hiking. I have had the same Northface backpack for over 12 years. It finally started fall apart and I chose this pack as it's replacement. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-07-11
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Questions & Answers

Is the backpack water resistant?

Asked by: sk8tohomepl8
​The Surge Daypack is water resistant.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-20

The computer compartment and the organizer pocket do not have protective flaps over the zipper to keep water out. The main compartment is the only zipper with this feature. When it rains while I wait for my commuter bus, will by computer stay dry?

Asked by: 2ndCareerMom
This pack is water resistant and offers protection for your computer in light rain. However, in heavy rains or downpours, you may want to consider a pack rain cover: https://www.rei.com/c/pack-rain-covers
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-20

On the North Face website, it says this pack is 33L. This says it's 30L. Are they the same pack?

Asked by: clsgoblue
This is the same Surge Daypack that is on The North Face site. Thank you for bringing this information to our attention. We will update the product listing on REI.com as soon as possible.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-14

Will this bag hold a 15.6 inch laptop or is 15 the max?

Asked by: Kgbeer
Yes, you will be able to carry a 15.6 inch laptop in the Surge Daypack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-20

Does it come with/is there a way to attach good, thick hip straps, not just the thin strap line the one across the chest?

Asked by: Will
This pack is not designed to accommodate a thicker hip belt.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-01

Would this be too big to take as an underseat item on most flights?

Asked by: nturgrl
​Most airlines require a piece of carry-on luggage to be no bigger than 45 linear inches (L + W + H) to meet carry-on size restrictions. This can vary so please check with your airline ahead of time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-01

What country is the NorthFace Surge day pack made in? 

Asked by: Bill n DC
This item is made in Vietnam. Please keep in mind the country of origin can change over time and some items are sourced from multiple countries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-21

Will the water bottle pocket fit a standard 32-oz wide-mouth Nalgene bottle? Or does it only fit those skinny water bottles?

Asked by: noodle31337
This pack will be able to accommodate a standard 32 oz. Nalgene water bottle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-30
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