The North Face Terra 65L Backpack
The North FaceTerra 65L Backpack

A backpack that fits the contours of your back perfectly.

The North Face engineered its Terra 65 Backpack with the easy-to-use Optifit suspension system to give you a fully adjustable fit before you hit the trail for a weekend. An included tool measures the length of your back so you can match the Optifit system in the backpack to your exact measurements for a tailored fit to keep you completely comfortable while hiking. The back panel, hip belt, and shoulder harness have a good amount of padding to give you a more cushioned ride on the trail. The North Face lined the hip belt with mesh and integrated vertical channels within the back panel to provide all the breathability you need in warmer weather.

The Terra 65 has the traditional top access to the main compartment as well as a huge zippered side entry so you can grab another layer quickly even if it's in the middle of the pack. It features a port for your own water reservoir, a zippered sleeping bag compartment, one zippered top for your keys, wallet, and phone, and two zippered hip belt pockets for anything you want while hiking like sunscreen or some snacks. Two stretch side pockets are perfect for water bottles or trash you find on the trail.

  • Optifit suspension fit system
  • Padded shoulder harness
  • Mesh-lined hip belt
  • Vertical channels on back panel
  • Top or side access points to main compartment
  • Hydration compatible (reservoir not included)
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment
  • One zippered top, two zippered hip belt pockets
  • Two stretch side pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Good, not great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After doing a simple over nighter at the Florida trail and hiking 17 miles my shoulders were hurting. The suspension system doesn't really help distribute the weight that well. With all that being said the pack itself is good. A lot of space compartments available and it is made with durable material. I have buddies who have owned previous models for years and love theirs.

Bang for the buck.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This backpack was able to carry all of my gear on a 3-day backpacking trip up to the Cirque of the Towers. I wasn't impressed with the suspension system. After using the Anti-Gravity System from Osprey it is hard to like any other packs. I really felt the weight on my shoulders, no matter how I adjusted the straps. Storage was good, but I wasn't happy with the feel.

Bang for the buck.

great backpack for the price

    Great pack if you're looking to stay under $200 dollars

    What kind of stays does the Terra 65 pack have? Are they removable?

    I talked to a North Face Rep. and the Terra 65 does not have any type of a metal frame. It does have a plastic frame sheet which cannot be removed.

    Durable and tough

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I am a teenager who is the opposite of gentle on all of my equipment. This backapck has been hundreds of kilometers of backcountry canoe travel as well as many weekend trips and other then a small amount of wear it is as good as new. I would highley recomend this backpack to anyone looking for a great backpack at a extremely good price for what you are receiving.

    Excellent back pack.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Highly recommended.

    Not sure what size to order. I'm '5"9 and torso size of about 20". My waist size isn't very large either so maybe the s/m?

    Hi Alex, With your measurements I would go with the S/M. Please let me know if you have any other questions. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead

    Unanswered Question

    In the video featuring this product is says that this backpack comes is Womens and youth sizes, yet in one of the other questions/answers a backcountry employee stated it was primarily designed for men... Which is it (for men or women)?

    So good that I bought another one

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I searched high and low for a good overnight camping backpack. Some were nice quality but didn't fit well. Others fit well but had inconvenient pocket and zipper access. Others were too heavy when empty.
    I am 5' 9" and the L/XL Terra 65 can be adjusted perfectly for me. I have taken it out on about 6 overnight trips. It holds plenty of gear and has many convenient access points for easy access. It is easy to organize the things you need in the order you will need to use them. The straps are extremely adjustable and comfortable. The pack and the contents can be cinched securely with the included straps so nothing flops around while hiking. Overall, I have been so impressed with this pack that I recently bought another one on sale as a back-up if my primary pack ever fails. I might also just keep my back-up as a bug out bag if needed.
    If you are looking for a great, solid pack that keeps all your gear in check then look no further.

    The only negative for me was that I had to buy a separate rainfly... but those can be found fairly cheap so it was not a big problem.
    thank you

    Unanswered Question

    Does this pack have places to hang for extra gear to hang on pack. Can't really see it in photo

    Hi. I want to order the TerraPack 65, color blue, size S/M.
    It says I can only back order the item and that it will be available within 2 weeks.
    The thing is that I have been getting that message since the last week so, my question is, when will it be available?
    Is it still 2 weeks away?

    I know it was been a couple weeks, but we have these back in stock!

    Awesome Backpack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    we had to get a pack for a camping trip and this was great! it fit everything we needed with a little extra space. Great compartments and storage and the comfort wasnt bad at all.

    Great pack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Comfortable, simple, well thought out. Used this pack on a multi-day trek across Iceland as well as several shake down and training trips in Colorado this summer.

    Not too expensive, comfortable on your back, simple lay out... Pretty hard to find fault in the pack!

    weekend bag

      Perfect for 3 day or less backpacking trips! Anything longer does not really provide enough space for warm gear in cold months or food for a longer length of time. Shoulder and waste strapping is comfortable and pack has great access points. I love the main compartment's vertical side zip for easy access to any area in the pack too.

      Size of the pack

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      s/m torso 16 - 19 inches
      l/xl torso 19 - 21 inches

      s/m 36 - 39 inches
      l/xl 36 - 39 inches

      Great pack

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Took this on my first overnight backpacking trip on the peaks around Flagstaff. I had it fairly heavily packed (40 lbs +) but it felt great and hiked 10+ miles each day with no issues.

      I am 5'8" and weigh 145lbs. what size would be best for me?

      Hey Ryan,

      Do you know your torso length?

      What would be a recommended reservoir to fit the terra 65?

      Best Answer

      Hey Jim,

      This pack is able to hold up to a 3L bladder.

      Conquer Blue/Fiery Red

      If anyone was curious how these colors looked in person. Shipping and service was top notch as usual.

      Conquer Blue/Fiery Red

      Its awesome

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This is my first large backpack and its the best one I have ever owned. Its like its part of my back! I filled it with about 40 lbs of weight and it handled it really well. I just wish there were more external small pockets and the expandable pocket on the side was big enough for my Nalgene bottle, its a really tight fit I'm worried it may rip. I was looking at a 50L pack but am glad I bought the 65L, the 50 would have been too small. Overall I LOVE this pack and wouldn't want another one!