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The North Face Terra 65

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: The North Face Terra 65 weekend pack (50-69l)

Great pack, great fit, great price.


  • Very adjustable
  • Tons of padding
  • Lots of room inside
  • 2 hip belt pockets
  • Very large pocket on top of bag


  • No rain cover included

I'm 5'10" 170 lbs and this pack (the large size) fits very well. I had 42 lbs of gear and it carried the weight extremely well. It stayed securely on my back and didn't rub or shift around a lot. I'm not exactly organized with loading weight into my bag. I usually just throw everything in. I didn't have a problem with it leaning or not being balanced on my back.

All the straps are fully adjustable and easy to adjust on the move. The side of the bag opens up for easy access to gear as well as a wide mouth at the top of the bag. The compression straps also don't go over the water bottle carrying pockets like other bags. They go in behind the pocket, which allows you easy access to your bottle.

I've noticed earlier reviews of this bag saying that there were no hip belt pockets. Those must have been older models. North Face is listening to these reviews because they added them!

I've dragged this bag around and it has held up extremely well. Dirt came off with a damp cloth. Although it's not waterproof, water doesn't easily penetrate. I had it in a rainstorm for 6 hours and it was only a little wet on the top.

I'm very pleased with this bag.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150

The hiking backpack The North Face Terra 65 has an efficient and comfortable carrying system. And also, this backpack is equipped with an adjustable Opti-Fit back that provides comfort and stability.


  • Good moisture wicking
  • High and low access


  • Just one side opening

It's equipment is complete, it has two compartments with access top and bottom with removable separation. The main compartment is also accessible by a long side zip (only one :/ ). There is a flap with exterior zippered pockets, containing a second pocket zipped mesh with keyring. It also has two side pockets bottle holder.

It has the advantage of having an internal compartment for hydration bag with passage of pipette, practice if one is thirsty. It has doors sticks and ice ax holder as well as numerous straps.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130

The North Face Terra 65 pack is a well built, versatile pack that is great for long distance backpacking trips as well as short overnighters. It is very durable and has lots of storage options.


  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

This pack fits very well. It has a very intuitive torso adjustment device with a locking cam mechanism. It has well padded hip belts for comfort and a nice, raised back mesh panel for airflow. It fits a lot of gear and what can't be stored in the pack can easily be lashed to the outside. The pack is very stable and easy to carry on the trail. The ripstop fabric is durable and has held up well.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150

The pack fits well, great for the weekend camp or even a few weeks on the AT.
Plan to live out of it for a month or so while tramping through the States/ canada. I feel confident that it won't let me down.


  • Good adjustability
  • Good suspension
  • Built with detail and superior quality
  • Good material


  • Mesh side pockets
  • Lack of external pockets could be an issue

The pack offers great suspension and adjusts to many body sizes and shapes. A friend of mine has the same pack and while I am of 5' 11" and 190 pounds he is 6 foot 1-2 of the same weight, and has no complaints so far. One disadvantage is the lack of external pockets.

Although I use this particular pack for more than it was designed for, it has proven reliable. So the pocket issue is only legitimate for my situation. 

Those mesh side pockets are a bit awkward for a water bottle. When the pack is full they tend to slide up a bit, but I always notice before they fall out. Once again this isnt much of an issue as the pack has pocket for a good sized bladder. The pockets are great, however, as a basket to hold a fly rod and reel when trekking through the bush or down river. The reel and flies sit it the pocket perfectly and the rod can be held to the pack by the buckle and straps on the sides.

This pack is streamline, adjusts great, and the suspension conforms to my body very well. 

Source: received it as a personal gift

Easy to carry, very versatile, very big surprize!!


  • Easy to fit to its wearer
  • Very light
  • Carries everything

Bought this pack last fall for a big trip! Was very happy when I found out how much this pack can hold!

I'm very satisfied and would recommend this product to anyone who wants a good inexpensive pack.

I easily carried two weeks of food and gear! And it was very comfortable to do with all this gear.

The side zipper was a nice asset. It was easy to access gear without emptying the pack.

It was easy giving this pack a five-star rating!!!

Highly adjustable pack made of durable polyester with a thick foam hipbelt and a full frame with dual aluminum stays and HDPE framesheet.


  • Durability
  • Comfort


  • Weak stretch pocket
  • No hipbelt pockets

Very comfortable, durable and adjustable pack. Takes weight very well. I carried 30 pounds of gear on a week long trip and 20 pounds of gear on a cross country ski overnight, over the space of 1 1/2 years. Both times, it carried the weight very well, and took me dragging it across granite and Uinta quartzite in Utah. The only damage sustained was a small pinhole on the front stretch pocket.

Has plenty of space for extended trips. I would say it adjusts to everybody except very small children. I used this pack and it fit great, even though I was 13 and 5' straight. The shoulder straps are slightly thin but conform to shoulders and handle the weight very well.

The 65 liter rating is very accurate. It does not have very much organization, just a huge internal compartment with lid pockets. I do wish it had sleeping pad straps on the bottom.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $170

This pack was perfect for all my multi-day hikes. Plenty of space, durable, versatile, lightweight, and comfortable. The Opti-fit system was great for exacting adjustments and it made this pack fit like a dream. Streamlined designed minimized bulkiness and helped make my gear stay secure and distributed well. Large enough capacity for everything I bring (about 20.2 lbs.), and had enough cushioning against my back to prevent cramps and other pain.

The only setbacks that I had were no outside clip-straps to hold down sleeping mat/tent gear. Not enough pockets/storage compartments, and the sleeping bag compartment wasn't quite as big as I had hoped.

Overall a great pack, that worked wonders for all my adventures. Definitely consider this pack for all your outdoor trips! Big enough for all my gear and then some. Hands down a great pack.

Design: Internal Frame Pack
Size: 65 Liters
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 20.5 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5.7'
Price Paid: $159

Just a great back.


  • Simplicity
  • Comfortable


  • Shoulder straps

It is a simple and comfortable. Just the perfect size for a week or two of the trail. I got it as a reserve pack, but I ended up using it more that my main pack.

  • Well organized 
  • Simple "not a lot of stuff that can go wrong"
  • Easy to adjust 
  • Comfortable. I had issues with shoulder straps but after a little getting used to and modification it works great. 

It is a cheap pack that might surprise you.

Source: bought it new

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Price MSRP: $149.00
Current Retail: $189.95-$199.00
Historic Range: $67.00-$199.00
Reviewers Paid: $130.00-$170.00
Weight 4 lb 11 oz / 2140 g 5 lb 1 oz / 2340 g
Capacity 3850 cu in / 63 L 3950 cu in / 65 L
Dimensions 31 in x 14 in x 9.25 in / 80 cm x 35.5 cm x 23.5 cm 31 in x 14 in x 9.25 in / 80 cm x 35.5 cm x 23.5 cm
Fabric 420D Polyester Dobby, 420D Mini Ripstop Polyester 420D Polyester Dobby, 420D Mini Ripstop Polyester
Price Historic Range: $99.00-$189.95
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