Five North Face Backpacks for College Students

It’s  back-to-school season which means it’s time to start getting ready for college.  The North Face offers quality backpacks and a name that is synonymous with value, features, and design.  There are many of The North Face backpacks to choose from.  Here are a few North Face backpacks that can help you ease the pain of ending your summer and heading back to class, and many of these are rugged enough to also take to the great outdoors for you hiking enthusiasts, so you can test it out on a hike before heading back to campus.

The Surge 2 (Men’s and Women’s)

Price: $80- $140 (depending on color)

Capacity:  1953 cu. in.

Features: Padded laptop compartment (fits most 17″ laptops), organization pocket, water bottle pocket, gear loops, padded/stowable hip belt, FlexVent shoulder straps, and Airmesh back panel.

Available colors:   Black, Red/Asphalt Gray, Coffee Brown, Prussian Blue/Sulphur Spring Green
(where do they come up with these colors?)

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Borealis (Men’s and Women’s)

Price: $67 – $130

Capacity: 1,770 cu. in.

Features:  Padded compartment sleeve (fits most 15″ laptops), 2 large zippered compartments for all your gear, built in organizational compartment, mesh water bottle pockets, side cinch straps, and padded hip belt.

Available colors:  Too many to list individually.  Click here to see color availability on Amazon.

Jester (Men’s and Women’s)

North Face Jester








Price:  $54 – $125

Capacity:  1830 cu. in.

Features: Simple design, two large zip compartments, organizational pockets, mesh water bottle pockets, front bungee cords for strapping extra gear or jacket, waist belt

Available colors:  The North Face Jester Available Colors(affiliate link)


TNF Router

With its uber-rugged design, large storage capacity, and jam-packed features, this backpack is sure to please any college student on the go.  There is plenty of room for your tech and hiking gear.  So whether you’re going to class or out into the woods,The North Face Router Laptop Backpack
is sure to meet your needs.


Price: $125 – $145

Capacity: 2502 cu. in.

Features:  Dedicate laptop sleeve (up to 17″ laptops); dedicated tablet sleeve; FlexVent injected molding shoulder straps; built-in extra back support (PE panel); Airmesh back panel; padded, stowable hip belt; organization compartment; zippered side power cord pocket.

Router Charged

This is one slick backpack for college students and tech-savvy hikers!  This has all the features of the Router pack, plus a water- and crush-resistant Joey battery pack that can give your phone or tech equipment up to 2 1/2 full charges!  Perfect for those long days of classes or a long day outdoors where you want to stay connected with friends and need that tech to stay powered up.

Price: $220 – $249

Capacity: 2502 cu. in.

Features:  Multiple internal pockets (front compartment); removable padded table sleeve; padded laptop compartment (up to 17″ laptops); FlexVent injected molding shoulder straps; built-in extra back support (PE panel); Airmesh back panel; padded, stowable hip belt; organization compartment; removable Joey power supply.