I want to go over in detail on the extremities I put the north face terra 65 backpack through and what I have planned for the future with this pack.
I went on a 2 day hike with my father-in-law up the Estrella mountain in Phoenix, AZ. The mountain peak is over 4500 ft in elevation and base starts at just around 1100 ft. I purchased this backpack specifically for this trip and I am glad to say I will be using this backpack more in the future.
I don’t take hiking lightly and this backpack held up to my specs. If you are interested in the conditions I put this backpack through than read the next paragraph. If not than skip to the pros and cons below:
As previously stated my father-in-law and I went on a hike that was around 3500 ft change in elevation. We were in the dead middle of the desert hiking this mountain. There are no streams, rivers, or lakes nearby. We had to carry everything from water, rope, tent, sleeping bag, weapons (rattle snakes, coyotes, mountains lions, etc), change of clothes, food, etc. .
The trip was routed for around 12-13 miles in total hike, 45 lbs packs (each), and all rocky terrain.
The north face terra 65 backpack has some pros and cons I would like to cover.
This backpack was placed on the rocks and was pressed against the mountain as we were resting.
– Great Padding
– Great back support
– Great hip strap
– Great chest strap
– A lot of space
– A lot of options for adjustments to get comfortable
– Solid and reliable material
– It would be nice to have quick access pockets on the hip pads
– The mesh material to hold water bottles on the sides of the backpack do not work well if the backpack is full
– The storage area for the water reservoir (camelback) is to low and serves no point as the hook for the camelback sits up much higher. (It does work well for back up camelbacks to be stored).
I gave this product 4 stars and would suggest this product to anyone. I enjoy using this backpack and I am soon going to be using this backpack on my trip down to the bottom of the grand canyon. I have no fear that this backpack will do me great justice.
The only real issues that I have had with this pack so far is that in the hotter tropical climates that I go to it can get a bit hot on my back, which is to be expected from any internal frame pack. Also, the zipper on the [godly] outer pocket snags at the least opportune times. Both are very minor beefs though.
Final Note: If you are reviewing YouTube videos on this pack, please note that the US version of the pack does not include the cover that is shown in the European video reviews; you need to buy a separate one.