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North Face Vault Review | HileHighValley

North Face Vault Review | HileHighValley

North Face Vault Review

North Face is a US-based company that has a nearly five-decade history of commitment to people and exploration. This is reflected in all of their packs, but especially in the North Face Vault Pack. This pack was designed to fit the needs of all adventurers. The comprehensive features of this pack are designed to create a smooth trip and provide peace of mind for the wearer. Overall, throughout our North Face Vault review, we found this pack to be a great investment for many consumers.

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We found the comfort of the backpack to exceed our expectations. The straps and breathable FlexVent suspension system allowed for a comfortable and secure trip. North Face’s patented FlexVent molded backpanel creates lumbar support to spread the weight of the load evenly but also allows for ventilation. This ventilation is the key to long-lasting comfort when using the Vault pack. The FlexVent suspension system prevents uncomfortable cramping and long-term discomfort.


Organizational storage

The storage within this bag is plentiful. The Vault allows for plenty of inside room for packing in the 28-liter pack. There are dual mesh side pockets for large water bottles, a floating padded internal pocket to hold a laptop or tablet, a front compartment for easy access items, and a larger internal compartment for any gear storage. The front zippered compartment also features a velcro pocket and pen pocket.



The pack itself is compact and streamlined, allowing for the user to travel without worry. It comes in nineteen colors, including TNF Black and Cosmic Blue/Bomber Blue. The logo is present on the top right of the pack, but does not distract from the simplicity of its design. There are built in reflectors for 360 degree visibility. We found the design pleasing to the eye.

North Face Vault backpack Review

Water resistance

This bag is made of 5 different types of Polyester for the best water-resistance. The North Face always has the consumer in mind when designing and manufacturing their products.



Public opinion

Word-of-mouth is the best way to get real opinions about a product. We analyzed many detailed consumer reviews to get a good idea of the best parts of the pack and also the worst. Below we have concentrated those reviews to provide the most comprehensive look at the pack from a consumer standpoint. Users of the Vault Pack have spoken, and their opinions are available below.


The Good


Many users commended the comfort offered by this pack, saying it was the best pack they had used. Many are impressed with the adjustable straps and the reflective strips  to allow for the best security of the pack and the body of the wearer. The attention to lumbar support and weight distribution really pays off as a design decision. The FlexVent suspension system technology integrated in this pack raises the bar for comfort in comparable products.



Several users mentioned that this is a perfect example of, “You get what you pay for.” The pack is not a department store stock item, it is a high-quality, specialty item, and the price is in line with that level of precision of development and manufacturing. However, it is such good quality that some have remarked they would not use anything else, even for a better price.



Most users indicated that the pack had ample storage for everything they needed in a long trip. It provided enough room for larger laptops, a change of clothes, important documents, textbooks, and anything else they might need during the day. The front compartment separates frequent need items from the large compartment items and the padded floating laptop compartment allows. In addition, the side pockets allowed for things like up to 1000mL water bottles to further ensure proper hydration.


The Bad


Some users commented that it was a strange length. While the padding was great and all the other features exceeded expectations, it was longer than the average laptop. This left some users wondering what it was made to fit. One particular used mentioned it would be great if being used for clothing. One user commented that the pack came to two inches below her back on her 5’0” frame.



On average, most users gave glowing reviews, but some users were concerned that the pack seemed smaller than it did in pictures.


Bang for Your Buck

The mid-market price of this pack is a smart move for the manufacturer. It allows more people to try out the product line for less than some of the higher end models. While this might not be the best investment for an avid day-hiker, for a beginner to intermediate level hiker or a commuter or student, this is a great investment. The high quality materials and basic amenities are more than some lower-market packs might offer for only a fraction of the rise in price.North Face Vault unisex backpack


North Face Vault FAQ’s

Q: Does the pack accommodate a hydration bladder?

A: Unfortunately, no. This pack is designed to be a commuter or common use pack for students. There are two mesh side pockets for water bottles if hydration is a concern.


Q: Are the shoulder straps padded?

A: Yes! The shoulder straps are padded and vented to ensure the best fit and comfort. The North Face incorporated their FlexVent suspension system to ensure the best comfort and support for the wearer.


Q: Is this bag waterproof?

A: The bag is definitely water resistant, but it is not fully waterproof.


The Verdict

The consumer community seems to believe this is a good buy, and we believe so as well. The comprehensive cargo and safety features come together in a pack to fit many needs. The medium-sized compartment will safely and securely store all the things a commuter could need on another long day. With separation of laptop/tablet compartment, larger items, and smaller frequent need items, it seems as though the bag is well organized. Overall, the North Face Vault Pack is a great value.

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