The North Face Terra 40

The Terra 40 is a rucksack for all occasions. As with many of the 41-50 litre packs featured in this review, it would be as at home on the hill as on a backpacking holiday. For your holidays you can access belongings from the base of the pack by a zip opening and separate the pack using a panel attached with toggles. While out walking, you can attach both an axe and poles. The pockets featured on the sides and front of the pack are unusual as they are constructed from stretchy fabric that allows you to just keep on filling them. There is also a solid pocket with a zip safety pocket in the lid. But the stretchy pockets soon lose their novelty as they bulge in odd, ungainly shapes around the pack’s sides and may not last as long as conventional pockets. The rain cover is housed in its own entirely separate, external pocket, which makes it both conspicuous and bulky, thus reducing the rucksack’s credibility as a serious hill pack. The sack was bigger than the manufacturer’s claims.


Sex: men’s and women’s
Manufacturer’s capacity: 40 litres
Trail tested capacity: 49 litres
Fabric: Sabre 6, 420D ripstop nylon, Sabre 12
Features: adjustable shoulder straps and hipbelt, side compression straps, bladder-compatible, rain cover, walking pole and axe attachment
Weight: 1900g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 46; Wales 3; Scotland 3; Ireland 2

Verdict: Buy it if you are looking for a trendy, fashionable rucksack to use for backpacking.