In my North Face Jester review I’ll go over the features of the pack, its benefits, drawbacks, and reasons why I think it makes a great daypack for travel.
The North Face Jester is a great daypack for travel and a suitable choice if you’re looking to throw a few things into your bag without having to worry about them.
It’s rugged and durable so you don’t need to take any extra care of your camera gear or laptop and it’s practical enough that you can use it on a regular basis and not look like a tourist.
North Face has constantly surprised with me their quality and reliable gear and nothing has changed with their Jester backpack.
This was one of the first packs I ever bought and for nearly 10-years it has served me well. I’ve since upgraded but the bag still sits in my closet, waiting and ready to go for the next time I want to bring it with me.
My North Face Jester Review
- FlexVent shoulder straps with a molded interior for ultimate comfort
- A reasonable weight of 4lbs
- Sturdy hip-belt for added support and stability
- Made with water-resistant and durable material
- Can easily fit a days worth of clothes, camera, and laptop
- Plenty of interior storage and organization – room for water bladder
- Hip-belt can be easily removed with quick-release buckle
These straps come with a foam-molded interior that results in the perfect fit every time you put the bag on your shoulders.
Used with the hip-belt it’s almost laughable how effortless carrying the gear you need for the day is.
The strap around your waist keeps the weight in your bag balanced and everything stays stable on your back.
With your hips carrying most of the weight you won’t experience any neck or shoulder pain that is typical with other daypacks.
The material is water-resistant and durable but soft enough that you won’t get any shoulder or upper-hip chafing. It’s not completely waterproof but all of your stuff will definitely stay dry if you get stuck in the rain for a few minutes.
With the North Face name behind you can count on the North Face Jester being a highly reliable bag. The design and quality construction means you won’t have to worry about busting any seams or ripping the fabric during your trip.
Throwing your bag under the bus or onto train racks won’t be a problem and with a quick cleaning the Jester will look as good as new.
The material it’s designed out of actually gets dusty pretty quickly if you’re tossing your bag on the ground a lot but it can be brushed off effortlessly if you notice it to be a problem.
The hip-belt can actually be quickly removed so it doesn’t get damaged during transit and gives the bag a more casual look if you’re just hanging out around town for the day.
The zippers run smoothly and from what I can tell of their quality it’s unlikely they’ll break or fall off. I often lift up the entire bag when it’s full of my stuff (maybe 10lbs) by the zippers and they have yet to fail.
The only thing that has broken on my pack was the built-in whistle on the plastic chest-strap but I never used or needed it so it wasn’t a problem.
The interior fabric is thick and won’t rip if you leave some mildly sharp objects inside. I’ve never had anything rip through the interior fabric and even after nearly a decade the pocket mesh is still probably 90% intact.
At 4 lbs. the North Face Jester might seem a bit heavy but the tiny bit of extra weight is worth it. It’s so durable and roomy that it’s not a problem to carry the extra 0.5 lbs. or so once you start using it.
It comes with 2 different zippered pockets and you’ll easily be able to fit a sweater, a t-shirt, a 17-inch laptop, and a DLSR camera into the pack.
The first pocket is just for storing and organizing a few small things. There are cardholders and a keychain clip. This pocket is great for keeping your passport, iPod, or anything else you want within easy reach.
The second pocket is the large interior. There is space for a water bladder so if you’re out on long hikes or spending time travelling during the hot summer months you can always make sure you’re hydrated.
Consider bringing along a packing cube if you want to keep all your stuff ultra-organized and not have it all jumbled together in your pack. You can also put your laptop or tablet in the bladder sleeve and there is still quite a bit more room for some extra gear and a few pieces of clothing.
The only drawback I could think of with this pack was that it doesn’t come with exterior water bottle holders.
This means you can’t quickly access your drink when you’re on the go and you have to store it inside the pack itself. It’s weird because it comes with a spot to put a water bladder on the inside but for some reason there isn’t anything for water bottles.
Thankfully it only took me a day or so to get used to having to open my bag to grab my water. Now, I kind of prefer it since it keeps the bottle cooler for longer when it’s in the shady interior of your pack.
Other than that there aren’t any other drawbacks to the North Face Jester.
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If you’re looking for a daypack for travel that looks stylish, is comfortable enough to keep on your back all day and keeps all your gear protected from the elements then this backpack is a great choice.
After reading my North Face Jester review I hope you have found all the information you’re looking for.
For the price you’ll be hard pressed to find a pack of similar quality and build.
Whether you’re travelling with a lot of camera gear and electronics or you just want to comfortably carry your sweater and some snacks throughout the day you won’t be let down by this bag.