Review: North Face Surge Fits 15"-17" MBP

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  1. sdsviet macrumors regular

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    Here is my initial review of the The North Face Surge Laptop Bag. I bought it from eBags.com. I have to say the quality is expected from North Face. The Sleeve part of the bag was exactly what i wanted. A compartment that is padded and separate from the rest of the bag made just for the laptop. I was gonna get a Lowe but they put the sleeve compartment in the front of the bag as on the north face its on the back where it should be IMO since its usually the heavier end and it helps the support on the back.

    This was bought to fit my 15" MBP which it does nicely. i can have a sleeve on the mbp and it will most likely fit in there too but might be a little tight. Many have ask if this fit the 17" MBP and from the comments on eBags it does. Theres a lot of comments on there too. I posted it on another thread that asked about it. From my view, with the 15" in there, there's at least 2 inches extra from the top of the zipper so it looks like it should fit a 17" but it might be snug when zipping it up.

    I have to say that all the extra compartments are well worth paying the $110 bucks. Theres basically 4 compartments including the laptop end. There's the laptop compartment for the laptop of course, then the next up is a bigger one for books and what not. After that there's a smaller one with a zipped mesh pocket and will hold other stuff such as ur charger or external hdd and such. The last is a much smaller one with mini compartments for pens pencils change. there's a top zipper pouch for ipods and a hole for headphones. It is pretty well padded too. You can actually fit the magsafe in one of larger pockets in here as well.

    If you're one to go on trips a lot or need a bag that can hold your laptop securely and need a lot of space for other things too, this is your bag. I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me since I dont want to be stuck with something I might need just in case. This will probably be my final bag (if it holds up) since it basically have everything I need in a bag. Also if you guys want to try or test this bag out, I just suggest buying it from eBags since they are the cheapest and its a free return. You don't get charged any fees which is why I bought it there. I am in no way affiliated with them either. I previously used a Dakine Ridge that was a nice bag but it only had two compartments and I hated having to open it up and scrummage thru other crap to get to my laptop. This bag looks pretty compact for the size that it says it can hold (2050 cu inches or 33 liters). My dakine holds the same but looks much bigger than this.

    This is still my initial review only since I just got it in this morning and the straps are still pretty stiff and needs to broken in as the rest of the bag. I will beat on it a little before I post some updates. If you guys got any questions just ask me. I attached some pics at the bottom. I dont know how the pics will end up since I never attached anything on this forum before.
     

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  2. wchong macrumors 6502

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    so ur saying that the back feels hard when u have the laptop there

    I wonder if u could damage the Mbp then if the back pushes on the Mbp as ur trying to accomodate the bag due to the stiffness

    Also are the other compartments padded? Maybe the laptop could go in the other ones.

    U said that u have the vyper for the 17". Could u confirm if it fits? I have the 15" one and I would like to place the sleeve inside the surge bagpack
     
  3. sdsviet thread starter macrumors regular

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    there is a little bit of soft padding between the laptop compartment and the other more front compartment. the rest are just thin layers. sorry i just packed up the viper for my other laptop for ebay so i wasnt able to do it. i just push the 15'mbp into the compartment its kinda snug on the sides. so i think it might be really snug or not fit. i do know that the viper fits the mbp pretty snug.
     
  4. wchong macrumors 6502

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    and if you don't mind me asking,

    what do you use your bag for, primarily?
     
  5. bmartin12 macrumors newbie

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    i currently own the sweeper by north face which has a compartment that, by the looks of your pictures, is very similar to the surge.

    my primary concern however is that the surge has more padding on the part of the bag that is on your back for the sake of comfort and protection of the notebook itself.
     
  6. wchong macrumors 6502

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    how would that be a concern though?
     
  7. bmartin12 macrumors newbie

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    i meant to address whether or not the surge has more padding or not.

    sorry. i missed a few words haha
     
  8. sdsviet thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have to see that the padding for the laptop compartment that touches your back is pretty thick, about .5inches or so. that is well i said it feels stiff on ur back when ur wearing it. i really havnt had time to break it in at all.
     

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