User Review: The North Face Big Shot
Design: Front Loading 3/4 Zip
Size: 2,100 cu in
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 25 - 30
Height of Owner: 6' 4"
Price Paid: Pro Deal
Great pack for just about any occasion and it has surprising amounts of room. The Pro's and Cons are listed below
I am not sure what you could do to this pack to hurt it. It has seen its fair share of abuse in the past 3 years and still looks GREAT. It is my standard choice for all my client guiding trips.
I would max this pack out at 25 - 30 pounds. Beyond that you are pushing it. There is a fair share of back support and the cushioned shoulder pads make up for the flimsy and almost non existent hip belt.
I was surprised how much I could shove into this pack. Ideally i would like to see it as a top loader so I could blow it out, but as a 3/4 zip it does alright. There are plenty of compartments and storage areas hidden through this pack and it makes room for everything you can think of.
All zippers are big and beefy and will close under extreme conditions (wet, covered in dirt, over stuffing, etc..)
Breathability - it does not do a good job allowing air flow and transferring the heat to keep your back cool.
Length - it's not the best choice for persons over 6' tall.
Overall it's a good choice for someone looking for an all-around pack that will still be hanging around four years from now.