The North Face Men's Surge 18 Backpack


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The North Face Men's Surge 18 Backpack is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 39.
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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 Content: 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 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 4 out of 5 by from Amazing product with one glaring flaw This is a great backpack. I love the look of it and it is the perfect size. The straps need some time to break in as they are pretty stiff when you get the bag. It has just the right amount of pockets for everything you could need without them taking up space or never being used. Has a slim pocket for your laptop and some folders or papers, one big pocket for any books or clothes you may need, then smaller pockets for laptop accessories, sunglasses, pencils, etc. The only issue I have with this bag is it is not water resistant or proof. Being a student that will be walking to class every day, this was a big deal for me, but the rest of the pros outweighed this con. I feel for the price, TNF should be able to include waster resistance. Overall, it is a good looking bag with a good size and right amount of pockets. I also feel very comfortable putting my laptop in the laptop sleeve since its fleece-lined and very padded.
Date published: 2018-07-27
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
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
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