User Review: The North Face Men's Terra 45
Price Paid: $90
NOTE: Mine is the Terra 45
I really like this pack (last year's model was on sale at REI). It is one of the most comfortable packs I've ever worn and the cooling system built into the back really works well.
I wore it for a 10 mile hike on a 90 degree day and my back stayed as cool as it possibly could. i did a 15 miler the next day with a different pack and it didn't breathe nearly as well. The straps are adjustable at different points (shoulder, sternum, etc) and allow for good customization.
I like way the pockets are set up for the most part - it would be nice if it were easier to get to the side water bottle holders without having to remove the pack (ll bean's bigelow bag is a great example of this). It accepts a bladder and i find that my Platypus 3.0L Big Zip fits quite well, though it does take up a lot of space. It would also be good if the front pouch, typically used for a rain jacket or fleece, was a little bit bigger to accommodate the clothes of us larger fellows.
On the the one big issue i have with it: Where do you strap a tent to it? The loops at the bottom of he pack are very small and don't really accommodate the nylon straps typically used. There are no loops at the top of the pack either.
Overall, a great bag depending on your needs and what you pay for it. If you are looking for a backpacking pack and you intend to carry a tent, you may want to see it in person before buying. Loops on the bottom may have made this the perfect backcountry weekend pack.