User Review: The North Face Terra 50
Design: Top Load Internal Frame
Size: 50L 3050 cu. in.
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 48 LBS
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: $115
I had purchased this pack for my wife a couple years ago for hiking in Porcupine Mts. in Michigan's Upper Penninsula.
As it happens instead of my wife carrying the pack my son did. He was loaded up with about 48 lbs. of gear. The pack was pretty well packed out and he commented that it rode fine. At that I felt we had made a good purchase.
I got the chance to try the pack this winter on a weekend camping trip snowshoeing into the back woods.
My impressions of this pack are pretty much are as follows:
Pros: slim profile, well constructed, the materials all seem to be durable, easy to adjust for different size people, sleeping bag hatch with divider, bellows pockets are very nice, they give storage options and yet fold out of the way when not needed.
Cons: The top lid is sewn to the pack so it can't be adjusted up evenly when you over-stuff the bag, could use one or two hip belt pockets for small handy items.
I had about 45 lbs. in the pack and it rode very well. It was easy to adjust even when moving. I used the pack the first day and switched with my son on the second day to try his pack out, a Jansport Carson External another review, another good pack.
I would recommend this pack to anyone needing a very versatile pack that can go from day trips to about 3 days max.