For anyone looking for gift ideas for an ereading addict or allround geek, and especially one with the wanderlust, here’s one: The North Face Surge II Charged Backpack, designed to both protect and charge your devices while on the move. Around in the market for a while, “the classic 32-liter Surge II is now hooked up for 2014 with a large capacity Joey™ T55 power supply to recharge your electronic devices,” according to North Face.

The Surge II includes a 17″ laptop pocket with neoprene tablet sleeve. This and the multiple other internal pockets “all connect to the integrated cable system to provide flexible storage options.” And according to North Face, “the lightweight Joey™ will equip you with up to three-and-a-half full battery charges or several days of partial charges to your cell phone, MP3 player, tablet, or other USB devices. The rugged water- and crush-resistant lithium polymer battery was specifically designed to perform during outdoor adventures, so you’ll stay powered up and in touch with the rest of your team to coordinate logistics or share action shots.” The power unit is also detachable for use elsewhere if needed.

All that functionality – and style – doesn’t come cheap, though. The Surge II costs $229.00 direct from North Face, and Christmas shoppers looking for slightly cheaper gift ideas might want to consider the North Face Recon Charged Backpack, at only $199.00 – or just buy a basic backpack and sling a charger inside. Solutions for every budget …


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