The North Face Bttfb SE Backpack
Take on the city.
Tackle whatever the city throws at you with The North Face BTTFB SE Pack. The durable, minimalistic design offers a clean silhouette, while injection-molded foam shoulder straps and back panel offer solid suspension and breathability so you can venture around the city in style and comfort.
This special edition model comes with a premium feature set. The dedicated laptop compartment has a PU zipper to keep your laptop more protected even when the weather is less than ideal. The main compartment of the bag also has a PU zipper, but more importantly, it features The North Face's classic cinch system that allows you to make adjustments to keep your things secure based on your carrying needs. A front pocket holds all your loose odds and ends, while a fleece-lined, quick-access top pocket with a PU zipper carries your sunglasses or cellphone when you're indoors or listening to a lecture. Finally, this backpack is ACA endorsed so you can have peace of mind knowing that you're doing your back a favor while you longboard down the street or around campus.
- Sleek, durable backpack that's ready to conquer the city
- Minimalistic design offers a clean silhouette
- Foam shoulder straps, back panel offer suspension, breathability
- Dedicated laptop compartment has PU zipper for protection
- Multiple pockets for organized storage on the go
- American Chiropractic Association endorsed
Noteworthy, failed attempt
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
[I purchased the black version of this bag that's now sold out. My comments on the zippers, design etc should still apply.] The North Face seems to be trying to enter into the "luxury techwear" realm with this unique backpack. I have been searching for a decent looking, water resistant pack that's functional but professional enough to wear to work. From a distance, this bag looks like a very expensive leather backpack. But that's where my compliments end. The "SE" version of this bag provides a separate pocket for a laptop, but it's still a tight squeeze for my relatively thin 2017 MacBook Pro. The zippers are difficult to open and close, and very are noisy – making it awkward when taking this thing to meetings. There is little diversity as far as internal storage goes – just one compartment aside from the laptop sleeve, with two oddly shaped, small pockets. Finally, I'm mystified why TNF thought it would be a good idea to plop a horizontal zipper at the bag's midsection. It completely breaks up the design, making it look far cheaper than it should appear. Also not a huge fan of the shoulder straps – they have an odd, off-black purple trim to them, again breaking up the bag's otherwise slick black nylon. I'm content with this as a commuter bag, am reminded of these flaws every time I use the thing, and that's really too bad. For nearly $150, I think there are better options.