The North Face Men's Surge 18 Backpack

The North Face Men's Surge 18 Backpack is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 53.
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With a tech-inspired design, The North Face® Surge 18 Backpack is packed with organized storage and reflective elements. Ideal for daily use or the outdoors, this backpack offers lasting comfort with padded straps and easy access to your phone, sunglasses, or water bottle. Fully equipped with a FlexVent™ suspension system, this pack features a breathable back panel so you can maximize performance during any adventure. Dedicated space for your laptop, this mountain lifestyle pack doubles as a mobile office. No matter what type of gear you have, be prepared with all of your essentials carrying The North Face® Surge 18 Backpack.


  • Men’s backpack with FlexVent™ suspension system
  • Padded mesh back panel adds comfort
  • Lumbar panel offers maximum breathability
  • Mobile-office compartment for 15’’ laptop
  • Large main compartment
  • Front compartment with padded tablet sleeve, pendolier and secure-zip pockets
  • Reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder-strap webbing
  • Two external Teksever mesh water bottle pockets
  • Quick-draw smartphone access on the side
  • External, fleece lined pocket for keys, sunglasses or phone
  • Two fleece lined pockets on the front, one with a zip
  • Front haul handle and padded top handle
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Removable waist belt


  • Best uses: Outdoor, travel, daily use
  • Dimensions: 20’’ x 13.25’’ x 10.5’’
  • Capacity: 31L
  • Brand: The North Face
  • Style: A3ETV
  • Fabric: 100% nylon


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great backpack, but beware of the weight!! This is my second Northface backpack -- a Bigshot from almost 10 years ago was my first. I think that says a lot about the quality and durability of Northface back packs. This Surge backpack builds on top of that -- great pockets, compartments, and functionality. That being said, I was a little surprised how heavy this backpack is empty when I first got it mailed to me. 3 pounds, 3 ozs! Every pound matters, especially when I travel international trips with my laptop + DSLR camera (4 lbs /w lens). Northface, hope you can somehow find a way to trim the weight off the unburdened backpack (off the next generation). That would be great.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bag for Work / Travel I recently purchased the New Surge Backpack (black). This is a great bag to transport a laptop and any additional items you need. Also, I am using this as a carry-on bag when flying, fits perfectly under the seat.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Been through hell and back with this backpack I swear this backpack has survived more than it should have. I have been through four years of college, through Europe, through the Tetons, on planes, bikes, up mountains, to the beach, down rivers...literally everywhere, and this backpack has come with me. I have the old design, so I can't vouch for the new one, but I figured I should write a review and say how much I love this thing. I assume the new design is just as great. There are no holes, no tears, every strap has stayed in place, every zipper still works, it's the most durable thing I have, and I am pretty rough on my backpacks. So yeah, definitely would highly recommend this backpack to anyone who wants something that will survive for a long period of time. Hopefully this thing will go for another four years.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well made, versatile backpack I love north face backpacks. I bought this backpack because of all of the pockets/zippers and how big it is. It is versatile in that it can expand and contract with the straps. There is plenty of padding for delicate items, and the side sleeves are great for water bottles. There is also a well padded laptop sleeve. The back padding is very comfortable, and you cant beat the lifetime warranty
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid well made bag. I bought this bag pretty much two weeks ago and must say it is a very well made quality bag. The pockets stored everything I need for my daily carry to work. More pockets would of been nice in the organization pocket but that's no big deal. The material of the bag is nice and durable and the bottom seems very durable. The laptop sleeve is nice and didn't know there was a tablet sleeve combining with laptop sleeve. Well made backpack. My first North Face backpack and I know it will last a long time.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for students and work After buying the new updated Recon version and having some issues, I returned it and bought this series. I absolutely love it. First, the only bad this is that it is a little heavy. I carry a laptop, pens/pencils, a notebook, and two small books and it is on the heavy side. Thats why I like the recon because I would be able to take it from school to the trail. I wont be taking this one thats for sure, but it does do well with what I actually need it for, school. Now on the good stuff. It has a very protective laptop sleeve. It protects it from all sides and even the bottom, so if I want to drop my bag after a long day, my laptop is protected. The main bag is roomy, way more roomier than the recon. I find that odd because the recon is 30 liters and this one 31, wheres all the room going in the recon. It has sufficient room in the top compartment for pen/pencils and many more items. The stash pockets in the front are also roomy and convenient. This is perfect bag for school or office work.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed-straps starting to tear! My daughter needed a back pack for middle school each day. I purchased it at the end of July for her start of school in September/2018. She was super excited to use this backpack. The bag looks and is durable to protect her belonging. However, within 1.5 month of use the top parts of the straps are already starting to tear. Disappointing for an expensive north face purchase. Just reading another review of a similar issue!
Date published: 2018-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great design - make it waterproof or highly resistant! It's a great pack. I looked at a lot of backpacks to find one that I could use to both commute and hike, instead of having two dedicated packs. This one is durable, with good, sturdy fabric and zippers. I only wish that it was waterproof and maybe had a more substantial wastebelt.
Date published: 2018-08-04
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