The The North Face Terra 30 is a stable, indestructible rucksack with all the features a hill-walker needs. Although second heaviest in the test at 1756g, it still wins. If you take out the 316g back stiffener and 85g rain cover, it weighs 1355g, which isn’t bad for a bombproof bag with 36 litres of space, extra comfy hipbelt, unobtrusive vented back and more useful features. There are a plethora of pockets and a useful, high-vis rain cover. Pole or axe attachments make the bag useable all year. You wouldn’t run in this, but for walkers who want a bag to last for as long as they do, this would be a fine choice. At first glance its shoulder straps look bulky, but they fit narrow shoulders and long to medium backs. But it is heavy, but it can be lightened. Our tests measure this ‘30’ bag as 36 litres, but to some this may be a plus. It is highly priced, but it will last summer and winter walks for years. Ladies with smaller backs might find it too big, so a smaller option would be a great addition to the range, with less bulky, more contoured shoulder straps.
Fabric Sabre 6, 420D Ripstop Nylon, Sabre 12
Features stable with heavy load; functional, bombproof; lid has top pocket with inner mesh pocket; hydration-compatible; 2 big stretch-mesh and 2 stretch side pockets, 2 pole 1 ice axe loops, large stretch front zip pocket; useful bottom compartment with toggled divider; yellow rain cover in side; removable back stiffener with unobtrusive venting curve; very well-padded hipbelt
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 280
The North Face – tel. (01539) 738882; www.thenorthface.com
Verdict: The The North Face Terra 30 is a very robust, well-featured daysack for summer and winter walking. It won ‘Best in Test’.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine July 2009