The North Face has long been a dependable and superior brand when it comes to producing backpacks for any situation, whether it’s for hiking or navigating campus life with ease. Their line of core backpacks is legendary for generous capacity and high-quality materials, and The North Face Jester is no exception. Far from a joke, The Jester is a serious, feature-rich 29-litre pack that offers more than enough to handle the everyday. Recently updated with a design overhaul, it now asserts itself as the ultimate solution for the student who’s always on the go.

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DESIGN

So you can lug everything you need to class, and then easily find it when you arrive, The North Face Jester is built around a main comportant so generous that it can easily fit a 15” laptop in its dedicated padded floating sleeve, and still have room for plenty of books and binders. On the exterior, Jester looks slick with its 600D recycled polyester construction, making it lightweight but still exceptionally up to task when it comes to abrasions, impacts and the weather. The base of the bag has been reinforced with a thicker polyester to both ensure longevity carry and to make sure all cargo is protected from any drops, and a non-PFC durable water-repellent finish has been applied just in case.

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Most noticeable on the front-face is an elaborate bungee cord system with plenty of space so you can fix gear like jumpers and helmets onto the bag by cinching down. Travel around either side of the bag and you’ll find an elasticated pocket that can expand to easily fit water bottles or umbrellas for  easy access. Towards the bottom of the bag is a bike light loop for those who like to cycle to and from campus, with smart reflective detailing that’s also found elsewhere on the backpack to up visibility and keep you safe.

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Flip the pack over to the back and you’ll find what is possibly the best harness systems developed for an everyday backpack. North Face calls this the FlexVent suspension system, centered around a heavily padded back panel with super comfortable mesh pads and a middle channel for maximum airflow and extra breathability. The shoulder straps are similarly heavily padded with airmesh, and feature custom injection moulded foam which is not unlike memory foam. Flex zones offer incredible support in any situation, alleviating the hot spots commonly found on the clavicle or collarbone to help prevent any pressure point or neck strain when carrying heavy loads .An adjustable sternum offers extra stability and load control for those long hauls. There’s even an emergency whistle attached to the sternum strap, considering extreme circumstances which may arise on the occasion you’d need to draw attention to yourself. There’s little wonder as to why, along with other North Face bags, The Jester has been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, certifying products engineered to carry heavy loads while ensuring maximal ergonomic support.

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On the inside of the bag’s front compartment, space is given paramount importance with several pockets specially designed for the typical student cargo. This includes a handy mesh pocket that you can just slip smaller items into, and right next to it you’ll find two pend slots and another similar sized pocket for things like phones or wet wipes. Immediately behind this easy-access layer is a zippered pocket with a leash so you can secure your keys and keep them at the front of the bag for quick use. Go back another layer and you’ll find a convenient pocket secured by velcro, perfect for wallets and other items that should be positioned near the front of the bag.

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You’ll be putting most of your larger items in the main compartment, which is spacious enough to fit in both plenty of empty space for books and binders, and a suspended padded laptop sleeve which is big enough for most 15” devices. Your device will be completely protected from any bumps and falls, with extra peace of mind thanks to the two chunky weatherproof YKK zippers which safeguard the compartment from the elements.

THE North Face Jester Backpack | WHO IS IT FOR?

It’s clear that North Face has put an incredible amount of smarts into building The Jester for everyday campus life. From the spacious main compartment, to the various pockets of the front compartment and a flexible bungee cord system on the front of the pack, The Jester is able to handle the essentials. Superior organisation allows you better focus and a seamless experience on and off campus, and for that, The North Face Jester is more than up to task.

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