I recently got myself bitten by the hiking bug, and have decided to go on a fun 3 day hike with friends during this year’s summer vacation. This is my first time on such a trip, so I had no hiking gear at the ready. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the necessary budget for high quality, expensive backpacks that are prominently displayed on stores these days. My only option was to tough it up and hunt for discount priced hiking backpacks.While looking for discount priced hiking backpacks, I came across the North Face Terra 40, an extremely large and quite technically loaded backpack that gives off the impression of high quality and expensiveness, but is actually priced way lower than it’s worth.The dark moss green colored bag is an external framed backpack, which explains a fair amount of its cheapness, since external framed backpacks are generally made cheaper than internal framed ones. Made with durable four hundred twenty denier rip stop nylon, the North Face Terra 40 is very tough and cannot be damaged easily especially on rough off trail detours commonly found in outdoors and long mountain hiking trips.The North Face Terra 40 is loaded with stretchy polyester pockets that offer a lot of space but contract when not in use, which prevents it from getting snagged or abraded by various environmental hazards such as rocks, branches and broken fences. Amazingly enough, the side pockets can be accessed even if the compression straps are cinched. This is a very difficult thing to do with other backpacks, which had pockets that are difficult to use when empty while the bag is stretched.The North Face Terra 40 has a padded suspension that can help stabilize and prevent you from getting off-balance even if you are walking with too much load on the bag. I was originally very skeptical. I didn’t believe that its one hundred nine dollar tag price (109 dollars is as good as they come when it comes to discount hiking backpacks, considering that the average price for a hiking pack is two hundred bucks) came without a catch, thinking it was probably very poorly made and that the whole bag would unravel as soon as I step out of the store with the bag filled to its maximum capacity.Much to my surprise, even after overloading the bag with more than 40 pounds of various items, the overall shape still hasn’t turned into an awkward mess, and it can still be carried easily and without affecting your balance, provided that you have the necessary strength to lift its load. After a few hours of jumping up and down like a rabbit, I realized that there is no catch with this well deserving discount priced hiking backpack. It’s just a great deal, plain and simple. Tough, durable, stylish, and performs like any good back pack should. Other bag makers should take note of the North Face Terra 40, to see an example of an excellent, yet inexpensive backpack.