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The North Face Surge 2 Laptop Backpack

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Product Features

  • FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps with a top layer of Atilon foam for added support and bottom layer of PE foam for added comfort
  • Comfortable, padded Airmesh back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support
  • Integrated reflective light loop
  • Padded, winged, stowable hipbelt
  • Zippered, dedicated, padded laptop compartment (fits most 17" laptops)
  • Dedicated Neoprene tablet sleeve
  • Large main compartment
  • Secondary compartment with organization
  • Front tricot stash pocket
  • Front vertical stash pocket
  • Side zippered power cord pocket
  • Stretch woven side water bottle pockets
  • Women-specific version of this daypack available

Detailed Product Description

Pack your essentials for a trip to school or an outdoor weekend adventure in this rugged and durable backpack from The North Face. The North Face Surge 2 backpack is made from durable fabrics and features FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded AirMesh back panel with spine channels for incredible comfort. This backpack has a roomy main compartment, a padded laptop compartment, a neoprene tablet sleeve, and a secondary compartment with organizer pockets for your cell phone, pens, keys, and credit cards. Other features of this backpack include a front stash pocket, a zippered power cord pocket, and stretch side water bottle pockets.

Product Specifications

Laptop Compartment Dimensions:i
16.25" x 10.5" x 2"
19" x 13" x 7"
3 lbs
420D Nylon / 1680 Ballistic Nylon
Lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship
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Based on 535 reviews

97% recommended
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  • Posted: 7/27/2014
  • Reviewer: Paul from Houghton, MI
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3 person(s) out of 3 found this review helpful.
"I have mixed feelings about this bag. It is a good bag, but I just don't love it as much as I hoped. It was purchased to replace my blue Ogio Metro with something brighter (I got red). There are things about this bag that are really nice, but things that need some improvement. THINGS I LIKE: 1. It has a sleek design that looks great. 2. The laptop compartment is separate, and huge! On a recent trip, I found I could get two 13 inch mac laptops, and an iPad, in to it without trouble! 3. It has a couple of nice slash pockets on the front, a side expanding pocket, and a side water bottle pocket. All are great, as is the organization pocket. 4. Hideable waist belt. THINGS I'M LESS HAPPY ABOUT: 1. Attachment loops on the front do not seem useful on a daypack. If they had two rows, so you could strap and stabilize things, then maybe. 2. The separate laptop compartment is too big for most modern needs and takes space from the main compartment. 2. It is a pretty big pack, but the main pocket is too small and lacks any organization. You would struggle to get a fleece in there if you had anything else. You can work around it, but I think they would be better to shave volume off the laptop pocket and add it and the iPad pocket to the main compartment. Or, simply get the Recon. 3. The front organization pocket has a couple of wide pockets that look like they should hold iPads, but they were not made deep enough. THINGS I HATE: 1. The grab handle is really nasty compared to my Osprey and Ogio packs, and painful when the pack is loaded. They could have added a beautiful comfortable handle and they added this terrible bit of string on the top! This is a good quality pack, and I think most people would be very happy, but I just do not love it right now and wish I had got the recon or Osprey Quantum. Maybe my view point will change, but when I got home from my trip, the first thing I did was reach for my Osprey Flare."
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  • Posted: 8/12/2013
  • Reviewer: Larry from Overland Park, KS
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28 person(s) out of 28 found this review helpful.
"This is almost the perfect backpack. It is just the right size. I had previously tried the Router which is basically the same bag but bigger and I thought it was too big. I returned it for the Surge II. It is made extremely well and has a multitued of pockets for just about anything that you would need to carry. It is not TSA friendly but it could be with just small design adjustments. That is not a big deal to me as I don't mind taking it out and putting it in a bin. My only complaint would be the handle. It is virtually useless. It is thin and if you have anything in the bag it is difficult to carry using the handle. That said, the shoulder straps are great and I just carry it by them. It works better on one shoulder than any bag I have previously tried."
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  • Posted: 8/24/2012
  • Reviewer: Randy from Fort Worth, TX
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82 person(s) out of 87 found this review helpful.
"The bag is pretty much as advertised. The only thing I did not realize from the pictures was that the main PC compartment zipper does not unzip down both sides of the unzips only on the top on one side and all the way down the side on the other. Not a deal breaker as I would have purchased it with that knowledge. As with any bag such as this purchased online, I was initially disappointed with the organization of the bag and it's many sleeves and pockets....but after 2 weeks now, I am used to it and actually am very satisfied with the organization now. I purchased this bag because of the quality of the materials and the reputation of the manufacturer. I needed it because I have to carry 2 laptops on a regular basis. I was initially concerned with this purchase because one review said it barely fit a 17" laptop. I will tell you that my 17" HP Elitebook fits just fine in the PC compartment (with room to spare for a future pad in the dedicated compartment) AND I carry a 14.1" Dell Latitude D630 in one of the other compartments as well. I also carry all the necessary power supplies, mouse, Ethernet cable, over the ear noise cancelling headset, mp3 player, mobile phone accessories/backup power and a hoard of other just in case items without an issue. My first impression of the backpack after fully loading it as stated above and putting it on my shoulder (I generally am a one shoulder person unless I am doing more than going back and forth to the car) was WOW! It literally felt like the bag was half as heavy as my older Targus backpack. After putting it on both shoulders, I immediately noticed that I did not feel the urge to hunch forward to help balance the load like I do with the Targus backpack. When I only need one laptop (that would mean I am only carrying the Dell) it feels like putting a box of tissue on my shoulder. I would recommend this for anyone that uses a backpack for their laptop needs."
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  • Posted: 8/5/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Reviewer
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34 person(s) out of 36 found this review helpful.
"The Surge is a great bag. Really sleek looking in my opinion with the one big main pocket. The shoulder straps are very nice. The same gear in this bag just seems lighter than when using my Brenthaven. The best part about this bag for my use is, it will hold a Eagle Creek Pack-It 18 folder which gives me a lot of flexibility for 1-2 night travel. I have packed everything in this bag for a short trip. Laptop, iPad, Pack-It folder and toiletries. Depth under 9 inches so it fit perfectly in a United EMB-145 overhead (or under seat)"
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  • Posted: 1/13/2014
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Baltimore, MD
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31 person(s) out of 33 found this review helpful.
"This backpack is by far the best backpack I have ever owned. So far, I have used backpacks from Swissgear, Samsonite, Jansport, etc. It is very nice looking backpack with great compartments and durability. However, the best thing about this item is that it supports your back really nicely so that you feel really comfortable while wearing this backpack. This is a huge difference compared to products from other makers. I highly recommend it."
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  • Posted: 11/2/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Newbury Park, CA
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92 person(s) out of 100 found this review helpful.
"I purchased these backpacks for our male photojournalists, who use these bags on a daily basis, transporting their 15" laptops, chargers and some camera equipment inside. I've purchased a total of 10 NorthFace Surge black backpacks since 2007. So far, I've only had to replace 1 well-worn backpack with busted zippers; but given the abuse they've gotten, these backpacks are quite durable. Your price is also lower than the rest (amazon, zappos, etc.)"
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  • Posted: 4/1/2013
  • Reviewer: Katrina from Dallas, TX
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97 person(s) out of 106 found this review helpful.
"In case anyone was wondering about the difference between the Mens fit & Womens fit Surge 2 backpacks: As a female, height 5' 4" when I have it fully packed I look like a turtle walking to class. Only the "Mens" Surge2 came in the bright green color I wanted so I disregarded the available Womens design & bought the Mens in green. Once I got it packed for the 1st time, I realized WHY they have a Womens "better fitting" design: the adjustable chest strap has a slider that allows you to move it up & down for comfort. On the Mens Surge2 that I got, the chest strap lays right across my "twins" in the lowest position, which smashes them & hurts bigtime. In the highest position it doesn't really hurt, but it still smashes them downward in a way that makes me worry that they'll get saggy from this backpack, so I go without the chest strap. I guess that's what I get for shopping based on color! It has lots of pockets. The laptop section is very padded so I have no worries about potential damage from day-to-day accidents. The front pockets are huge but I notice when I put a lot of big items in them they tend to expand backwards, into the section with the bigger pockets where my textbooks go. This is a problem for my soft-cover rental text books because the friction from the random laptop-chargers, headphones, graphing calculators, etc. are really wearing down the edge of my books on the other side of the fabric. So while the pockets are big, I can't necessarily stuff them full of my junk & expect it all to stay in brand-new shape. That is no different than any other backpack though I suppose. I will say that my stuff has maintained a lot better in my Surge 2 than it ever did with the JanSports I used to replace yearly. Overall, I love this backpack & would recommend it for students."
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  • Posted: 7/2/2013
  • Reviewer: Justin M from Pittsburgh, PA
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24 person(s) out of 26 found this review helpful.
"The Surge II was purchased for my grandson, entering DePauw University this fall. He expressed great delight in receiving this gift from his grandparents. I had purchased a North Face backpack as a graduation gift to the oldeer breother of this year's recipient. I spent a fair amount of time evaluating backpacks. The North Face bags are the best available. The flexibility and arrangement of storage areas is outstanding, The quality of the material is the finest available, Any student entering high schol or college should consider a North Face bag through E Bags. You won't regret it!"
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  • Posted: 6/14/2013
  • Reviewer: Patrick from Minnesota
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21 person(s) out of 23 found this review helpful.
"I walk 2 miles to work each day and back and my Surge 2 provides great comfort and durability. It conveniently carries my MacBook and iPad with all the additional cords in a very convenient location. The size is big enough to allow me to bring a change of clothes and other essentials where ever I go. I did a lot of research into competing bags and believe that I made the best value decision possible with this backpack."
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  • Posted: 8/12/2013
  • Reviewer: Jeffrey from Burlington
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6 person(s) out of 6 found this review helpful.
"Bought this to replace my 5+ year old North Face Hot Shot. Needed something bigger and this backpack fit the bill. Looks great, has plenty of storage space, and sure to last. Highly recommend!"
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  • Posted: 2/12/2013
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer
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6 person(s) out of 6 found this review helpful.
"I am super satisfied with the quality of TNF Surge 2. Before I purchased the backpack, I did EXTENSIVE researches on various backpacks that would last me for a few more years throughout high school and onto college, and the Surge 2 seemed like the best option to go with. I actually saved $35 ordering from eBags , and yes, this is a LEGIT website! Anyways, when I recieved it in the mail, it was huge! And that's good for students in school who haft to carry textbooks all around campus. There is an abundance of pockets and sleeves for your laptop, notebooks, binders, folders, pens etc. But most importantly, the Surge 2 is extremely comfortable, obviously because it's a hiking backpack. And because of how comfortable the backpack is, the weight of all the things that you are carrying doesn't even become a bother anymore. (It comes with a built-in whistle!!!) I strongly encourage you to purchase this backpack because it's just, perfect. Yes, it's expensive, but it's an investment that is worth it."
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