The North Face Angstrom 30
Size: 30 Liters
Number of Pockets: 7 external, 7 internal 'stash' pockets, 1 laptop/hydration pocket
Max. Load Carried: 22 pounds (weight of pack plus gear)
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Price Paid: $99
Why 4.5 stars and not 5? Because in my eyes it doesn't get a 5 unless it can save my life... so 4.5 is excellent in my ballpark!
This pack is simply amazing! I went to DSG (Dicks Sporting Goods) to pick up my new pack that I had reviewed many times on their website and via reviews here, the North Face Bigshot, when I got to the racks I ran across this pack. It was not on the website and i hadn't seen it, so didn't really consider it at the time, but I decided to compare the two at hand. This one won hands down for me!
The pack is really ruggedly designed. The laptop/hydration system pocket is essential for me, and the "Exo-Lite" back paneling is phenomenally comfortable! I still sweat, it won't stop that, but it keeps the pack from 'gluing' itself to your back.
I have taken it on one weekend trip so far and it performed great. I take it, loaded with phonebooks and water for weight, routinely on training hikes anywhere from 3 to 6 mile training hikes. The included rain fly cover is pretty handy, although I haven't needed it yet. Pack is a lil on the heavy side, but it is a 30Liter pack, so it has to be durable.
One thing I would change, and may consider my own adaptation would be a 'daisy chain' somewhere for lashing, but the bungee cord systems works for most applications.
If you want a GREAT pack, and are willing to pay the $$$ required to get it, then this is your pack.
Max. Load Carried: 30
Height of Owner: 5'9
Price Paid: Retail
I'm a big fan of this pack. It's attractive enough to be used in the city or to school, but with it's very useful hipbelt it is also a good trail pack. The hipbelt can be totally hidden for city use, you don't have to remove them like others packs I have owned, perhaps my favorite feature.
The webbing is useful, I use it for drying my hat or socks typically. The bottle pockets hold a Nalgene 1 liter or standard sized bottle equally well. I wish there was better organization in the exterior zippered pocket, but it is adequate enough. The bladder pouch is great, can hold two 70z Camelbaks with ease, but do that and you better pack light, because you're already at 16lbs or so.
Having said that, the shoulder straps are comfortable, and with the hipbelt it handled some overloading. On a cruise stop in Key West, I had to of loaded 30lbs into it, and for the 3-4 miles I walked it carried and breathed well. Not sure how it would feel that heavy on the trail though, I don't pack that heavy out there with this pack. It also has usable belt pocket and built in rainfly/pouch.
Lastly, I'm not quite sure if this pack is indeed a 30 liter pack. At times it seems to be true to size, other times it doesn't. I'm not sure if that makes sense!
Obviously, I would recommend this product. The .5 star deduction is due to the organization pockets in the exterior zippered pocket, which are hard to use at times.
Height of Owner: 5'8'
Price Paid: $89
I have been looking for a day pack that keeps most, if not all, of the weight on my hips while keeping the load close to my spine. I have shoulder problems and the Angstrom 30 is very comfortable. This pack spreads the load from the neck to the hips without bulging out as many packs do, which are nothing more than book bags.
The two water bottle pockets are nice. The included rain cover is a real nice addition, and it fits nicely over the pack. The zippered pocket for the rain cover could be used for something else. I do trail maintenance and the pack easily accommodates my 18" hand saw and short handled loppers.
This is the day pack that I have been looking for.
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Every gear quiver should have a versatile multi-sport day pack like The North Face Angstrom 30 Backpack. Day hikes, plane travel, the daily commute and the weekend adventure of your choice are all possible with the Angstrom 30. The hydration compatible design includes a padded universal sleeve for your water bladder and a port for the drinking tube. At 30 liters in volume, this daypack is big enough to carry enough gear to go the distance, yet small enough to take anywhere. The molded Exolite backpanel and Dual-density Airmesh shoulder harness comfortably support your load. The hipbelt helps disperse heavy loads and can be stowed when traveling light or for plane travel. A convenient front stretch pocket lets you stuff a layer without taking the time to open up the pack, and stretch woven side pockets accommodate water bottles for easy access. The main zippered compartment stores the bulk of your gear and an auxiliary zippered pocket helps separate smaller items. You'll dig the small zippered hipbelt pockets, and there's even a stowable rain cover to add weather protection incase afternoon thunder showers makes an appearance.
- Altrec Outdoors
Ultralight and super versatile, the new North Face Angstrom 30 pack receives a few updates to remain your fastpacking favorite.
The North Face Angstrom 30 - Closeout - If nimble is the name of your game, then this ultra light backpack will serve you well. Designed with your comfort in mind, this 33-liter pack features dual-density Airmesh shoulder harness and hip belt. A zippered rain cover pocket with a rain cover is included, so that, rain or shine, you can take this pack wherever you go. BPA free. FEATURES Dual-density Airmesh shoulder harness Hydration compatible with padded universal sleeve Zippered rain cover pocket with rain cover included Large, stretch woven side water bottle pockets Sliding sternum strap with Safe-T whistle
- Massey's Outfitters
Feel like moving faster up the mountain' Step one is to reduce the weight on your back. The lightweight, technical The North Face Angstrom 30 Backpack can help you achieve this goal without having to leave any gear behind. A well-balanced suspension harness improves comfort at contact points, ample storage space holds all your essentials, and a stowable rain cover keeps your goods dry. Now you're cooking with gasoline.