User Review: The North Face Terra 30
Design: Top loading, bottom access
Size: Around 1850?
Number of Pockets: 5 pack 2 top
Max. Load Carried: A guess 30 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'2"
Price Paid: $65
I am a small 50+ woman. This pack is comfortable. Straps and hip belt are well padded. Stitching is well done. Should be fine for larger person due to adjustment straps plus removable aluminum stays can be re bent to accommodate anyone.
Used on day hikes to carry standard gear for a safe day out alone, also carried paddle (in side water bottle pocket using handy load adjustment straps to hold in place) and life jacket for backcountry paddling. Excellent pack for those longer day hikes. Also used pack for many overnight short hikes camping from the car. (You know, when you have the state park almost to yourself plus the primo waterfront site.) I used it for a couple of 4 mile each way overnight hikes.
I have the same complaint many have with the smaller Terras. They don't have the best outside strapping system for your pad and tent but with a little thought this can be overcome. Two outside mesh pockets are deep for big or small water bottles and 3 zippered outside pockets sttrreeetch nicely for items you don't want to dig for. Top pouches are accessible from outside.
If you go light or have a honey bunny to carry some of your gear for longer trips this is a great pack.