The North Face Women's Surge II

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The North Face Surge II Daypack Features.

North Face Surge II Daypack.
The North Face Surge II Daypack is a great choice of pack to take with you on your travels. The backpack has added foam for support when you carry it for an extended period. It is a comfortable way to tote your stuff along with you. The North Face bag comes with a lifetime warranty, ensuring you a quality product for a long time. This bag can take a beating, as it is made with very durable materials. You can use the large main compartment to store many of your essentials you will need during your trips. It features two side water bottle pockets for easy access, when you need a drink. With its reflective light loop, you will never have a problem being seen in the dark. This backpack has zippers for safe storage of all your personal belongings. It has heavy-duty uses, but it's extremely lightweight. The North Face Surge II Daypack is the ideal backpack for all of your needs.
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Key Features.


  • This pack is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, recognizing the comfort and function of its shoulder straps, back panel and interior organization


  • Middle pocket features a deluxe organizer; front pocket features dual zip access to multiple pockets for must-have items
  • Durable YKK zippers
  • Front vertical shash pockets with Vislon zippers


  • FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps alleviate collarbone hot spots and neck pain


  • Secondary compartment with organization / Front tricot stash pocket
  • Secure electronics organization pocket at front
  • Main pocket holds books, papers and files

Lining and Layers:

  • Women-specific, FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps with a top layer of Atilon foam for added support and bottom layer of PE foam for added comfort


  • BackSaver angled bottom panel shifts weight more closely to the wearer’s back for a more comfortable fit


  • Constructed of abrasion-, moisture- and tear-resistant ballistic nylon for exceptional durability
  • 420D nylon, 300D mini-ripstop,1680D ballistics nylon
  • Side stretch-woven pocket keeps your water bottles from bouncing around


  • Padded, winged, storable hipbelt
  • Dedicated, zippered and padded laptop sleeve handles laptops up to 17 in.; neoprene sleeve holds up to a 10 in. tablet
  • Comfortable padded Chemise back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support
  • Padded and stowable hipbelt enhances carrying support and stability
  • Padded, winged stowable hip belt
  • Women-specific adjustable, padded shoulder straps and padded back panel offer load-carrying comfort; polyethylene sheet along back adds structure and support
  • Zippered and padded bottom compartment is sized to hold a power cord and other accessories


  • Imported


  • Side compression straps; carry handle
  • Includes Sternum strap with Safe-T whistle


  • The North Face women's Surge II Daypack also has reflective hits to increase visibility in low light and a daisy chain to lash on gear
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Great as a school bag!
  • Integrated reflective light loop
  • Closeout
  • Large main compartment.
FEATURES of The North Face Women's Surge II
SPECIFICATIONS of The North Face Women's Surge II


The women's Surge II daypack from The North Face features a suspension designed to fit women, letting them carry their daily work or school essentials, including a laptop and a tablet, in comfort.


So you tried to fit your laptop, tablet and three textbooks into your small satchel and the strap decided to snap during your walk to class, which cracked your tablet screen, made all of your papers (which, of course, were due today) fly away in the wind, and coincidentally made you spill your coffee all over your brand new shirt. PS, this all happened in front of a group of not-so-ugly guys. It's probably time to get yourself a real bag like the The North Face Surge II Backpack. With a dedicated neoprene sleeve for your tablet, a zippered, dedicated, padded pocket for your laptop, a large main compartment, a secondary compartment with organization and let's not forget strong shoulder straps, this pack has everything you need to get you and all of your stuff to class on-time and without embarrassment. It even has enough room for an extra shirt in case of future spilled-coffee dilemmas.
Specially designed for women, The North Face's Surge II Backpack features extreme comfort even with a heavy pack thanks to the FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps and the top layer of Atilon foam for added support. The padded Airmesh backpanel contributes to extra back support so you don't tweak your back while out on the trails or heading to class. Since you'll be loading up with gear the dedicated laptop compartment and Neoprene tablet sleeve.
Your life on the go is hectic enough. Simplify things with the Surge II.
Women's-specific FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps with a top layer of Atilon foam for added support.
, padded Airmesh back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support.
, dedicated, padded laptop compartment fits most 17" laptops.
Size zippered power cord pocket.
•420D nylon.
•280D x 300D polyester nylon blend.
•1680D ballistics nylon.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
For on-the-go convenience and comfort, The North Face Surge daypack easily carries your laptop and electronics with plenty of room to spare for organizing other essentials.

Country of Origin: Imported

Rocky Mountain Trail

Simplify your modern life on the go with this new 27-liter daypack.
Designed with hyper-durable ballistic nylon, this thick-skinned daypack doesn't take abuse from anything. Fully-dialed features include a separate, zip laptop compartment (fits most 17" laptops), and three other main compartments with plenty of space to stash essentials for a day's outing. Accredited by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
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Women-specific, FlexVentT injection-molded shoulder straps with a top layer of Atilon foam for added support
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Also available for: Men
Adjustable torso:No
Backpanel:Padded Airmesh backpanel with Spine Channel and PE sheet
Bag style:Backpack
Bottom Width:11 1⁄2 in
Capacity:1648 cu in / 27 L.
Carry-on size:Yes
Depth:6 1⁄2 in
Dimension:18.5 x 13 x 8.5" / 47.5 x 33 x 21 cm
Dimensions:18.5 x 13 x 8.5 inches
Fabric:420D nylon, 280D x 300D polyester nylon blend, 1680D ballistics nylon
Fits laptop size (in.):17 + 10 inches
Gear capacity (L):27 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.):1,648 cubic inches
Handle Drop:2 1⁄2 in
Handle Length:7 in
Height:18 in
Hip Belt:Padded, winged, stowable hipbelt
Hydration Compatible:No
Laptop Size:17 in.
Laptop Sleeve:Fits most 17 in. laptops
Laptop compartment:Yes
Material:Ballistic nylon / polyester nylon blend
Number of exterior pockets:6 + 2 main compartments
Number of pockets:3
Number of stays:0
Organizer Panel:Yes
Pack Fabric (Primary):420D nylon1680D ballistic nylon
Padded Laptop Compartment:Yes
Shoulder Straps:FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps
Size:18.5" x 13" x 9.5"
Strap Drop:14 in
Strap Length:34 in
Sunglasses Pocket, Lined:No
Torso Length:One size
Volume:1648 cubic inches / 27 liter
Volume Range:30-45 liters
Waist Belt:Yes
Weight:2 lbs 13 oz (1270 g)
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The North Face Surge II Reviews:

Positive Reviews:


I love this backpack.
It has more features than I ever could have hoped for. The front pocket has lots of space for just about anything you could need, spots for pens, earphones, calculator, computer mouse and power cord.
The middle is a nice open free space you could pack a set of clothing, small blanket or anything if you might need on a flight.
The laptop compartment blew me away, its thick and padded and is the first time I have trusted my laptop without having to put it in a secondary sleeve. The bottom also is extremely thickly padded so you don't have to baby it when setting it down. The tablet sleeve is awesome as well. It snuggle fits even a 7 inch and you don't have to worry about it bumping into a laptop or anything else potentially getting scratched.
A few small but much appreciated things I noticed after buying it. There is a small pocket near the bottom opposite of the water bottle holder, its a great small spot for putting a cell phone that wouldn't be a hassle to get out if you got a call. The chest strap is awesome as well, it has some elastic on it for some resistance, it also oddly has a whistle attached to it that took me a while to notice. Warning, I wouldn't blow it unless you have to because it is extremely loud. There is also fabric that goes over move of the zipper parts so it wont get caught on anything and unzip one.
Lastly and most importantly, the back support is absolutely amazing on this. I have a herniated disk and this backpack just hangs in the best position and it really feels weightless on my body, as well as the woman's fit really helps because it doesn't lay straight across your chest making it unconformable. The arms go loosely over your arms and down your sides connected near the hip area. Using the chest strap it hangs just over your chest area before it gets to your neck making it far more conformable than other backpacks I have had.
My only complaint, its really, really petite in size. If your even a fairly tall person it looks really small compared to other backpacks.
Overall, even for the price the quality really shows in this backpack and I think this one defiantly made me a fan of The North Face.
Chezza at The North Face on 09/01/2013

My go-to bag for everything

I just recently bought this bag after having used the men's surge two for a year. The men's Surge was amazing, but fit a little wide on my shoulders. After a whole year of being lugged around school, thrown around and even after three hiking trips the bag still looked BRAND NEW! So this year I decided that as I needed a good strong bag for work (I often bike to work) I would get the Black/Blue women's Surge for school and use my old one for work. My new bag truly is amazing. It looks really nice, and I get a lot of complements. The black is a nice, strong black, and the blue is really bright and shocking. I absolutely love the laptop compartment! I can fit my earphones and charger in the tablet pocket and throw my MacBook Air in the laptop compartment and know that its safe. Something that I really love about the bag is that the laptop compartment has a foam log on the bottom, so that when I drop my laptop into the pocket or my bag onto the floor I know its well protected. The back is really rigid and awesomely padded, so that not only is it safe and protected, but the bag is SUPER comfortable. I can have three 2 inch textbooks, a binder, my agenda, my calculator and my pencil case in the one large main compartment, as well as my laptop and charger in the laptop section and yet feel as if there is very little weight on my shoulders. The straps never cut into my shoulders, even when I am biking or hiking with heavy loads. I have spilled many things on the bag and so far everything has wiped off the material easily. The stash pocket on the side as well as the water bottle pocket are convenient places to stash everything from my student card to my snack. There are so many great features to this bag, it really is an overall amazing bag for EVERYTHING. IT is totally worth the money, as it will last at least 5 years easily, which one can really only expect from TNF.
ValerieM at The North Face on 09/18/2013
Although this is the most expensive backpack I have ever owned, I have to say that I am happy to have made this purchase. I got the white/grey/pink combo. I love the colors (very feminine), all the pockets, and the cushioning on the back is amazing! I've received some compliments on it, and I have recommended they purchase from Zappos. It holds my MacBook Pro 15" perfectly in its own pocket, and I can also fit my battery in any of the other pockets, as there are so many spacious ones, its hard to choose where to put stuff sometimes. The only negatives I have found are the side water bottle compartment, as well as the top handle. The elastic is not tight enough or long enough, so my water bottle has already fallen out a couple of times, usually when I am pulling it out of my car. Also, the top handle is thin and not as cushioned, making it kind of irritating on the skin to pull the backpack up by the top handle. I was skeptical about the white getting super dirty, but so far it hasn't stained, although I try not to put it on the dirty floors at school. The whistle is not very loud but still convenient if ever needed. The other side pocket on the opposite side of the water bottle compartment, is made up of very thin fabric, and you can't really put much in there without it looking awkward and bulky, and I am also scared the fabric will start to pull. A note to future buyers, the first day I wore this to school, it was a little stiff on the straps, but once they start to take shape to your body, they are super comfy. Overall, I would recommend this back pack, especially if you have back pains like me, since it is the most comfortable I have owned. I am thinking of getting one for my little sister for Christmas, as she is going off to college soon. Thank you North Face for making this, and Zappos for selling it and delivering it the very next day!
Anonymous - customer at on 11/04/2012
I have tried several messenger bags (Osprey, Haiku, and Sherpani) and one backpack (High Sierra) trying to find one that will hold everything I need while on campus and is still comfortable to carry. I am a student and I live an hour from campus, so I need to make sure I have everything I need, which makes for a heavy backpack! I did a lot of research before ordering this one. It was the largest The North Face offered with the most organization. I also ordered a Patagonia one that was comparable in size. I think it was their 32L one. The Surge II won hands down. Tons of space for all my books, laptop, cell, lab coat, hairnet, pens, calculator, highlighters, pencils, wallet, feminine products, and the list goes on and on. To top it off, it is so comfortable. My last backpack aggravated the problem areas in my back and neck, but this backpack doesn't just hang off your back, it becomes an extension of your back. I didn't even know it was approved by the American Chiropractic Association until I got it. I was unsure of paying this much for a bag, but my last one was $80 and only lasted a few months...bummer quality costs so much, but if you can come to terms with the price, you will not be disappointed! Fantastic bag! No wonder almost everyone on campus carries a North Face bag of one type or another! Thanks North Face and Zappos!
Genevieve K - customer at on 03/15/2013

No regrets!

I really love my new backpack from NorthFace. I had shopped around and looked at many different alternatives, and this was the best functionality and design I could find for this price range. I love the multiple compartments, especially the separate laptop compartment with a sleeve for a tablet as well. I have never owned a NorthFace backpack before, and was nervous that there would be something that would make me regret purchasing this bag- but I have been pleasantly surprised and only have two complaints about this bag. The first is that the front pouch has a curved zipper design, which I have found troublesome to get open at times; the zipper gets stuck in the rounded edge and I have to come at it from another angle to get it open. If I didn't have this problem, I would have given this bag 5 stars. The second complaint is a lack of professional color choices. For the women's fit they only had black, purple, pink, and white color accents. That was kind of a let down as I needed this bag to look more professional and had to get a boring black/black bag to achieve that look. Just because I want a women's fit backpack doesn't mean that I want a purple or pink bag and I wish NorthFace would figure this out. All in all, a great backpack that I would recommend to anyone.
Elicia at Campmor on 10/10/2012

Amazing Booksack!

Just got this book sack in Brook Blue / Graphite Grey and i absolutely love it! It feels great on and is super cute! There are tons of pockets which is a really good thing. A few things that i didn't notice when buying it that are good to know are that: the two vertical zippers on the front are actually two different pockets that overlap each other, there is a small pocket on the bottom of right side of the book sack, perfect to store a few things such as your phone, which gives you easy access to reach it without having to take off the whole book sack (if you look closely in the bottom left hand side of the second picture you can see it), the laptop pouch has a cushion at the bottom so that whenever you slide it in the book sack or put the book sack down it doesn't hit the floor, and the bottom waist strap shown in the picture can be tucked away and you can't even tell it's there! it has plenty of room and the material seems like it would be water resistant. i am in love with this book sack and can not wait to start using it this year for college, it is definitely worth the money!!!
sdupont94 at The North Face on 08/04/2012
Love this backpack! I have looked at so many backpacks for school this fall, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for, except this one. It's feminine, made for a women's body, very good size and it's comfy too. It easily fits my 15.5 inch laptop, in a separate pocket from everything else, which is a must for me. It also easily holds a binder, notebook and 2 books and more! I love the color and it's very sleek it holds a lot, but it doesn't stick out a mile or look super huge when all loaded up! I also love that it Has a middle pocket so its really easy to keep all your things organized. Kind of pricey, but worth the money if you want a bag that is feminine, can fit your laptop, books and more! So glad I bought this bag!
Anonymous - customer at on 08/10/2012

Women's Surge II pack ---> Great bag!!

I own the original Surge pack, bought back in 2007. I've used it a lot, and while it's worn in places, for the most part it is still in very good shape. The only holes I have are small and in the mesh where I put water bottles. I also own an old Recon, which is 10 years old, and is still in great shape. I bought this for my girlfriend who has to carry a heavy bag every day for grad school. She fits a laptop in the dedicated compartment, plus books, lunch, umbrella, and various other odds and end. There are a nice variety of pockets that allow for good organization. The straps don't feel very padded, but they are very comfortable and last over time. Well-worth the money. These bags last and last.
chipacles at The North Face on 12/11/2013

Most Amazing Backpack Ever!

This backpack is the most amazing backpack ever!! The colors are awesome and there are so many pockets to put things in. I can fit 2 textbooks, 2 binders, and 2 notebooks into my bag along with a pencil box and a large notecard holder. This item is great quality and I would definitely buy this again. If you need a backpack bigger than the Borealis, I would strongly recommend this bag. Even though it is higher up in price, you get what you pay for (an awesome bag). Bottom line: I would recommend this to a friend and buy it again. I have been raving about this backpack to my family and it is truly amazing. Good job North Face, you have the best backpack on the market.
Guam1013 at The North Face on 12/03/2013

Not just for women!

The first thing that caught my eye was the color. This pack is rated for women, it works fine for men as well, and I'm a big guy. I use my pack for transport of weekend trip gear. It stores clothing, toiletries, and all my computer gadgets with plenty of room to spare. There are spacious main sections as well as enough small, secure pockets to be a small apartment! It is well made, comfortable to carry with a load. With its straps correctly set, there is no lateral shifting. This pack was well designed. I do wish, however, that the main straps were a bit more heavy duty. I think the Surge II and I are going to be good friends.
John Perella at REI on 01/01/2014

Negative Reviews:

balance / weight distribution & capacity FLAWS

I purchased this bag for school because my brother has the men's version and swears by it. The laptop compartment appealed to me, as did the design of many other compartments. Unfortunately, I think the many compartments are what causes the flaw. There are three main large compartments 1. Front Main: for smaller items, pen/pencil storage, calculators, etc. This front main compartment can store a LOT, and has many smaller compartments inside, as well as two zip pockets on the outside. But that is exactly the problem. Storying minimally - my keys, wallet, sunglasses, pens & calculator - causes a major issue with weight distribution, in turn making the front of the bag too heavy and preventing me from being able to stand it up-right (ever). It constantly falls down, tripping other students & getting in my way, and of course collecting germs and getting kicked by passerby's. If I don't lean it against the side of my chair, desk, couch, or seat in my car, it PLOPS right over, face down. Sounds silly, but when you use a school bag as much as I do, I can assure you it is insanely annoying.
2. MAIN MIDDLE: fits ONE 2" binder. That's it. And forget squeezing anything else in if your laptop is in the rear compartment.
3. MAIN REAR/LAPTOP: Tiny, but padded. Your computer is pretty good & secure in there. But again, unless you have one of these new tiny Macbook Airs, your regular macbook or anything bigger will take up the entire compartment, so forget fitting anything else. Other compartments: All standard, they fit your junk. The power-cord compartment, or so it appears to be, is useless. My macbook charger only fits if I take the time to squeeze it in there, wrapped precisely as it was when I first got it. Im a student, I don't have time for that. Overall: Don't bother. The bag was poorly designed. I cannot think of any age/profession that it would suit. And for the price? Silly, silly purchase.
KMP99 at The North Face on 11/21/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Description not accurate

I purchased this backpack to carry on the plane to transport my 17" laptop to South Korea. The computer is too wide and too tall. There's no way a 17" computer fits in this bag. Pretty color (grey/magenta)but not large enough. Nice if you don't have too much stuff to carry but not large enough for a trip.
ERDocsMom at REI on 07/07/2013