The North Face has been a name synonymous with outdoor lifestyle and is always the first I go to when I need new outdoor gear.

A few days ago, I was able to get my hands on their Verto 32 Backpack. So I thought I’d give you guys something new for the site and do a little review of it.

Let’s start with a quick rundown of what it has to offer.

Product specs
Material: 100D cargo chute nylon
Weight: 1 lb. 7 oz. (644 g)
Volume: 1953 in³ (32 litres)
Access: Top
Pockets: 2 zippered, 1 water bottle
Ice Axe Loops: 2
Waist-Belt: yes
Hydration Compatible: yes
Reservoir Included: no
Rain Cover: no

First thing I noticed when I held the Verto 32 is how compact and light it is. I have other bags from other manufacturers but this feels different. The cargo chute nylon feels smooth and is hydrophobic so you don’t need to worry about catching rainfall with this bag.

With 32 litres of volume capacity, this bag is spacious inside. As you can see on the photo, I can fit the whole length of my arm inside it. Since this product is part of their Climbing & Mountaineering category, I decided to test its capacity further by bringing my standard climbing equipment with me. I’m talking about a pair of climbing shoes, harness, grigri, 8, 10 quickdraws, bag of magnesium and 80 m rope. It seems to be the ultimate test to check whether the Verto 32 belongs in that category.

I’m surprised everything fits! I even have some space left that can easily fit snacks like bread and fruit.

There’s a zippered pocket inside where you can store your wallet or keys. On top of the bag is another zippered pocket to keep small items like your pocketknife, headlight, etc.

On the left side of the Verto 32 is the bottle pocket which seems to be good for regular 33.8 fl oz. water bottles. I did manage to squeeze in a 1.5L water bottle there tough. It wasn’t easy but it did fit the bottle!

There are twin ice axe loops and straps on the bag. If you’re not taking this bag to an Alpine hike, you can use these loops to hang your smelly shoes on. By the way, the loops are reflective.

Now that I’ve stuffed the bag with all of my gear, it’s time to test its comfort and ease of use. The shoulder straps and hip belt are adjustable to distribute the weight evenly on your back.

The Verto 32 is a frameless bag and has a padded backpad for better comfort. But you may still feel the contents of the bag depending on what you’re carrying inside. Without content the bag is small, light and easy to pack.

Furthermore there is only one opening on the top for your content. You may have to dig in a bit or remove half the contents of your bag to get something placed at the bottom of the bag, so think twice on how you pack your stuff. It would have been more convenient if there was another zipper near the bottom of the bag.

> great build quality
> comfortable with adjustable straps
> lightweight material feels nice and soft
> easy to pack with many external loops for extra gear
> nice yellow accent colour on the exterior

> few pockets/compartments
> the foam on the backpad doesn’t offer great support
> price may be on a bit on the high end of bags in the same size/category

Overall, the Verto 32 is an excellent bag that easily passed my test. It can be best suited for casual backpacking or overnighters. It’s perfect for climbers and hikers because the comfort is good and it fits more than I had expected.

The Verto 32 comes in the TNF Black/Asphalt Grey colour on my review (other markets has two more colour options) and currently retails for €89.95. It’s available at retail stores or directly from The North Face online shop.

Thank you to The North Face for sending me this bag to review!

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