User Review: The North Face Men's Terra 40
Max. Load Carried: 44 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'5"
Price Paid: $80
I'm a big fan of this pack. Like most things I buy, I got it on sale so I'm happy with the price (around $80).
At first i thought i would not like the shoulder straps or the back panels that contact your body. They seemed bulkier than necessary. Well, i was wrong. Both have been great. The straps are very adjustable and were very comfortable on a recent 15 mile hike (filled with 3L bladder, 2 MRE, GSI Soloist, Brunton Raptor, EMS Gortex rain shell, spare REI wool socks, and power bars).
The back panels, called Vericool or something like that, are amazing. It was hovering around 85 that day and this thing breathed better than any bag I've ever had. EVER. It literally shamed every other bag i've ever had in that department. I have a LL Bean Bigelow pack that i like and I'm a huge fan of Bean products (they replaced a 11-year-old bag that lost its waterproofing!) but this thing breathes so much better that it's no contest. Minimizes back sweat which cools the body.
I like that you can access from below and that you can partition the bag - my down bag is a tight fit in the bottom portion though. This is likely b/c it's a large sleeping bag for a large guy.
I'm also a big fan of the zippers. They run smoothly and the lanyards on them are nice (wrapped in what looks like inner tubing).
The thing that i don't like is the lack of useful exterior straps or MOLLE type strapping. Where do you put a tent on this thing?! Inside? sounds great until it rains and you have to put a wet, dirty tent into your pack and forget that if you have a bladder in there! You can strap it to the bottom with paracord using the loops but the loops are small and paracord is not the best for this use - nylon straps work much better and keep a tent from flopping around.
Overall a great bag but seriously -how much thought was put into tent attachment? I guess perhaps they think the pack is a one day item that would not be suitable for a 1 or 3 night camp but i disagree (though it is snug for a 2 night).
Better straps on the bottom and top of the bag and this thing is top notch. Either way, a good choice but weigh your needs before purchasing.
Disclaimer: i bought it online on sale and did not realize the lack of straps when purchased. still kept it though so that says something.