The North Face Cadmium

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After using this pack twice the factory Nalgene hydration…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: hydration bag
Size: 12 liter
Max. Load Carried: 8-10 lbs
Height of Owner: 6 foot
Price Paid: $60

After using this pack twice the factory Nalgene hydration bag began to leak around the tube attachment. Apparently this is a common problem with this particular bag.

I wonder if there is a retro fit or solution to the leaking. I really want to like this pack. The wide set shoulder straps are great for bigger people (200+ lbs, broad shoulders)and the pack carries pretty good. But the damn bag leaks. Get a Camelbak 3 liter bag and throw the North Face bag away.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face Cadmium Hydration Pack (Fall 2008 Discontinued) The Cadmium Hydration Pack by The North FaceFeatures:Molded back panelInsulated hydration compartment and shoulder strapsSide-access hydration pocket100 oz Nalgene reservoirSki/board carry/pack compression systemRadio pocket on left shoulder strapTricot-lined padded pocket with mesh divider, key clip and audio portZip-front pocket with audio portThis product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

The North Face 610cu inch Cadmium Hydration Pack is a great backpack for skiers and snowboarders yo-yoing out-of-bounds laps at their favorite resort. The Cadmium's compression straps carry your sticks or board, and then secure your day's worth of food and clothes when you drop off the ridge. The North Face also added a removable waist-belt for longer backcountry tours and steep climbs, and the 100oz hydration bladder keeps you fueled all day.


While it doesn't have the gee-whiz HTR Heated Hydration System technology found on The North Face Snowday and Flask, this insulated Cadmium Backpack is perfect for most ski and snowboard days that fall below the Arctic Circle. In all seriousness, , unless you're doing snowshoeing or Nordic skiing for hours in sub-freezing temperatures, the insulated 100-oz. Nalgene CXC antimicrobial reservoir and tube in this Cadmium Backpack should be enough. If you are actually sipping beverages in 15F (-10C) for more than 22 minutes (that's research data from The North Face), you could run into some clogging concerns in the tube. For those of us who tend to play in less extreme cold, the insulated Cadmium hydration pack is perfect for skiing and snowboarding conditions throughout the winter and spring. It features a ski/snowboard carry compression system that isn't as elaborate as The North Face Fly-Trap carrying system, but it's still ideal for short hikes up the ridge to untouched powder heaven. The Cadmium also features a radio pocket on the left shoulder strap and a ported audio pocket for your MP3 player or iPod. Another nice touch is the soft, tricot-lined padded optics pocket that's perfect for holding your sunglasses while you switch over to goggles. Side compression straps cinch down anything you put inside the narrow 610-cubic-inch main compartment, which makes the Cadmium perfectly sized for sitting on the chairlift without feeling like you're going to be pushed out of your seat by the pack behind your back.

- Altrec Outdoors

CLOSEOUTS . The North Face Cadmium hydration pack makes staying hydrated easier than ever with a 100 fl.oz. Nalgene hydration bladder, drinking tube and easy-to-use bite valve. Spacious main compartment is perfectly sized for light day trips Secondary compartment with mesh organizer pockets Separate hydration pocket with bladder hanger Lateral compression straps Padded airflow back panel Adjustable padded shoulder straps Sternum strap Waistbelt: Adjusts to 37” Dimensions: 18x9x6” Capacity: 730 (100 fl.oz. bladder) Weight: 2 lb. Material: 630 denier nylon, 840 denier JR Ballistic nylon CLOSEOUTS . Vietnam.

- Sierra Trading Post

Fully featured with an audio port, radio pocket, and insulated hydration system, the 100 fl. oz. North Face Cadmium hydration pack delivers an efficient compression carry system for skis or a snowboard. 100 oz Nalgene CXC antimicrobial reservoir. Polarguard insulated hydration compartment and hose sleeve. Insulated bite valve garage. Side access hydration pocket. Molded back panel. Universal bladder suspension system. Ski/snowboard pack compression system. Radio pocket on left shoulder strap.


The North Face Cadmium


The Cadmium has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$45.00 - $90.00

The North Face Cadmium is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen February 19, 2009 at Moosejaw.

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