The North Face Terra 35 2010

The TNF Terra 30 won a Trail ‘Best in Test’ award in July 2009, and this features the same excellent pack construction, durability and comfort levels that made it stand out in that test. It’s certainly not light, although you can easily save weight by stripping out the back stiffener and rain cover. The technology here is packed into the Verti-cool back system, which is TNF’s way of dealing with the dreaded back sweat. The wide hipbelt and well-padded back make this very comfortable, while the array of pockets is excellent. I particularly like the long zipped stretch compartment on the back that can be used to stash waterproofs, plus there’s a sleeping bag compartment at the bottom of the main pack, a mesh pocket in the lid and an ice axe loop for winter. But the The North Face Terra 35 is heavier than many other packs of a similar capacity, and some may prefer a more stripped-down pack with fewer added features. The rain cover and internal sleeping bag compartment divider feel surplus to requirements, but they may well be essential features for some. And, like any back system, the Verti-cool back definitely keeps you cooler, but it won’t banish back sweat on really hot days.

Capacity 35 litres
Fabric 420D polyester dobby; 420D mini ripstop polyester
Features vertical mesh channel on the back panel, which provides cooling effect; sleek and anatomical shoulder harness; improved anatomically correct load-spreading hipbelt, lined with soft tricot; vastly improved zipped sleeping bag compartments access; rain cover
Weight 1700g
Made in Vietnam

The The North Face Terra 35 is a great rucksack that’s very durable and feature-packed. It’s not cheap but it is great-quality and very comfortable, and it will outlast many other packs.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2010