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  • Main compartment offers plenty of room for gear and clothing
  • Padded, fleece-lined sleeve in main compartment protects a 15 in. laptop
  • Padded, fleece-lined tablet sleeve in front compartment
  • Shoulder straps are shaped for a woman's comfort
  • Padded mesh back panel has a spine channel for ventilation
  • Front elastic bungee for external storage
  • Sternum strap buckle has built-in emergency whistle
  • External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • Internal organizer has a fleece-lined media pocket, zip pocket and cord manager
  • 2 stretch-mesh water bottle pockets
  • Padded top handle; side compression straps
  • 360° of reflectivity
  • Removable waist belt


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Best Use Travel
Bag Style Backpack
Gear Capacity (L) 25 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 1,526 cubic inches
Number of Exterior Pockets 4 + main compartment
Laptop Compartment Yes
Fits Laptop Size (in.) 15 inches
iPad / Tablet Compartment Yes
Carry-On Size Yes
Material(s) 210-denier Cordura ripstop nylon
Dimensions 18.75 x 12.5 x 8 inches
Weight 2 lbs. 9.62 oz.
Gender Women's
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Size & Great for Hiking This is a great backpack and so far has held up well. I bought this backpack for an upcoming trip to France and I think it will be a great backpack for travelling. My only two comments are: - The adjustable straps are great but are very long and there's no where to tuck the left over strap, they tend to get a little tangled and appear messy. - The backpack is very deep and it can be difficult to find things in the front pocket without having to take everything out. Even opening the bag as wide as I can, there still doesn't seem to be an easy view of what's inside. Overall, a good purchase but would probably try a different one next time.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bag does it all... School and Field Work I have had my Borealis backpack since high school (6 years ago) and I use it all the time. I have been using it for field work that requires me to take a lot of tools and anything that I could need out in the woods. I love it. My shoulders and back never hurt, even when having to carry many textbooks to and from class. It washes easily and dries quickly. The only thing that I wish was different about this pack is the size. I believe how much it could hold would be maximized with some elastic material on it. Other than the size, I would recommend it for any uses because it's really a great pack for everything.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this backpack, but... I am a college student, so I use my backpack pretty much all day everyday. This back pack has a lot of space, is super comfortable when having to walk miles with books, and I love the interior as much as I love how it looks on the exterior. The only issue I have is that I got this back pack two weeks ago and it already has rips/holes in the side water bottle holders. For the price, it doesn't seem like they pick the best material for that part of the back pack since it is on the exterior sides. Overall, I love this back pack a lot. I was just disappointed when I realized that I would continue to have problems with holes for the rest of my time using it.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMZAING I was a victim in a terrible bus accident in which my bus over turned to the side I was sitting in. My bag (containing my lap top and text books) was thrown in and out of the bus again and again, it sat out in the cold rain all night and all morning. I finally got it the afternoon after my accident, all my books were dry and my computer still worked perfectly without a scratch. Not only is it durable but it is comfortable unfortunately at 18 I have back problems, well I had back problems my back is doing so much better since getting this amazing bag. If you're thinking about purchasing stop thinking and just do it! It's amazing.
Date published: 2015-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Borealis Backpack- EXCELLENT! This backpack is the best bag I've ever gotten!! I should have gotten this bag months ago!! I got the one that is black with green and pink and the bag looks exactly as depicted in the picture on the site. I can't believe how much I can fit in this bag without the bag looking bulky. I always hated the look of looking like a turtle with previous backpacks that I've had in the past but this backpack always remains small and compact. My laptop slides in perfectly into the laptop compartment. Stylish, lots of room, compact, and good for your back. This bag will last a very long time and I rate it 5 stars!!
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality I ordered this backpack for my daughter's freshman year of High School... in all honesty I thought it was a bit pricey but trusted the North Face name from other products I've purchased from them (mostly apparel.) As soon as I took it out of the box I knew it had been the right choice... the high quality is obvious in the solid feel (but not heavy) and attention to detail. The pockets for laptop AND tablet are great plus the straps can be adjusted in many ways for comfort. It's what my daughter calls "a real backpack" instead of those flimsy sacks you see at the big retailers. She loves it so much that she already sd she's using it for 2 years instead of the usual single school year.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I was in need of a new backpack after my Eddie Bauer backpack was starting to break after 5 years. I am a college student, and needed a backpack that could hold my laptop, and numerous notebooks and folders. This backpack does everything I need it to do and more. I love it even more than my old Eddie Bauer backpack, and it is definitely worth the price. I also find that it distributes the weight of the contents very well, and it doesn't feel like I'm carrying 30 pounds worth of books. I've also never had a backpack that had functioning water bottle holders, and am amazed by the holders on this backpack. My water bottle is always secured and I don't have to worry about it falling out.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Big Enough I bought this bag for college and was very disappointed to find out it wouldn't fit all my school supplies. I have 3 binders, a folder, a notebook, a planner, 2 books, an iPad, and pens, pencils and highlighters. I could fit 3 binders, 1 book, pens, pencils, and highlighters and it was VERY snug. I had to squeeze everything in and the bump at the bottom of the tablet sleeve was very inconvenient and made it more difficult to put things in. I love the colors and quality of this backpack but will probably be returning. However, if you don't need that much, I would definitely recommend this backpack.
Date published: 2015-02-23
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How waterproof is it? Water resistant?

Asked by: smurray
This pack is not waterproof. The fabric panels are water resistant, but it is not seam sealed and does not have waterproof zippers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-03

Does anyone know what capacity hydration bladder would fit in this backpack?

Asked by: Puppet91
This pack can accommodate up to a 3 liter hydration reservoir.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-06

Does the Women's Borealis has an access at the top of the laptop compartment that makes it useable for a hydration bladder? The one I viewed in a sporting goods store did, but it is never listed in the specs.

Asked by: Minta
Yes, this pack has a port to allow a reservoir drinking tube to pass through to the pack straps.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-31
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