The North Face Heckler
Price Paid: $80
I've had this backpack for four years, used mostly for school and short hikes. Durability has been fine, really doesn't show any sign of wear (although I avoid throwing my stuff around when possible).
My one complaint is the design, particularly with the side bottle pockets, drawstring cord and bottom pad loops. The drawstring cord is pretty weak and doesn't do a great job at holding things in place, and when my friend took it on an overnight trip (I was carrying the majority of supplies in my 65L pack, although the Heckler did hold a fair amount of gear), with a sleeping pad hooked into the pad loops at the bottom it presses up against the bottle pockets on either side effectively not allowing a 1L Nalgene to sit correctly.
So that was annoying...but for everyday use as a backpack or daypack, I've been pleased.
Price Paid: $79
My wife bought this pack a few weeks ago for use as her school backpack. She carries around a lot of heavy books, but even still, in a little over two weeks there is already a hole developing in the bottom, likely from the corner of one of her books. For a $70+ pack, this is ridiculous. North Face's standards are slipping as they try to make the biggest profit off their popular logo by using crap materials.
Don't buy their stuff if you want it to last!!!!!!
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The North Face Heckler Daypack offers three divided compartments so you can stay organized. Stitched foam back panel and shoulder straps foster comfortable toting, and a crisscross bungee cord on pack's face lets you stash a raincoat, or trail map with easy on-the-go access. FlexVent(TM) injection-molded shoulder straps Comfortable, stitched foam back panel Removable hipbelt Large main compartment with universal sleeve, Velcro(R) accessory pockets and hydration clip/port Front panel compartment with organization and front stash pocket Mesh side water bottle pockets
Designed with three compartments, this 36-liter daypack offers a large main compartment (fits most 15" laptops), a smaller secondary compartment with dividers, and a front zip stash compartment Stitched foam back panel and shoulder straps foster comfortable toting, and a crisscross bungee cord on pack's face lets you stash a raincoat, or trail map with easy on-the-go access
The North Face Heckler daypack has a spacious main compartment fits most 15 in. laptops, a smaller secondary compartment with dividers, and a front compartment that can stash your music player. Large main compartment features a universal sleeve that accommodates most 15 in. laptops and rip-and-stick accessory pockets. Main compartment also includes clips and an exit port for a hydration reservoir (sold separately). Secondary compartment contains organizational dividers; front stash pocket is perfect for a music player. Side mesh water-bottle pockets, center daisy chain and criss-cross bungee cord on the pack's face provide external storage options. Injection-molded shoulder straps, removable hipbelt and stitched foam back panel offer comfort. The North Face Heckler daypack is made of light and tough polyester that stands up to years of outdoor adventures.
The generously padded The North Face Heckler Backpack keeps you comfortable while you lug your 15in laptop and industrial-sized shipment of foam fingers for your friends to the big game. Ditch the books for spirit wear, and keep your cheering voice fresh with water bottles stored in dual dedicated pockets. The Heckler earns its name--and stripes--when you take it to the big rivalry showdown.