The North Face El Lobo 65
Max. Load Carried: 50 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: $195
This is an amazing multi-day pack no matter where you're heading.
The hip and shoulder belts felt secure and comfortable while at the same time holding 50lbs in tight. The pivoting hip belt is an advancement long overdue and makes a huge difference when climbing and twisting through steep trail sections. The ventilation sytsem in the back performed better than I expected and it was a huge plus not to have to towel off my back after a long day in the back country.
We took this on a 4 day hike and had no issues. The removable top, which I originally scoffed at, came in very handy after setting up a base camp and heading out on day hikes and climbs.
A few minor gripes: The sleeping bag 'pouch is still pretty useless, but at least the shelf is removable. A tent shelf would have made a perfect addition (like in the bora) but is easily managed with straps. And finally, I can't understand why all manufacturers don't include a waterproof cover as an insert to their top line bags! My freaking golf bag comes with one, and when they're asking you to shell out $300 for a pack (retail price in Canada) they could at least throw this in. Not to mention it would allow their brand name to be more recognizable.... I'm just saying.
All in all - a great, comfortable and versatile pack. I would have no problems recommending this to a friend.
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Wearing a hefty backpack can make you feel as quick and agile as a turtle. The North Face thought you'd appreciate a pack that moves with your body so that hiking over those rocks and deadfall with a full load is easier. The El Lobo 65 Backpack features The North Face's new X-Radial suspension system: Aluminum tubes form an X, and the X' s central hub allows the tubes to move forward and backward to match the sway of your hips and shoulders as you walk. Just because this suspension is flexible doesn't mean you have to sacrifice support-carry 60 pounds in El Lobo without wincing. The North Face also gave this expandable pack a padded, breathable back panel for comfort and a removable hood that converts into a large lumbar pack for day hikes from base camp.
- Backcountry Outlet
With the wiliness and trail-ready cunning of a lone wolf, The North Face's El Lobo 65 is ready for any mountain adventure with a lightweight aluminum endoskeleton and tough ripstop material with waterproof zips. Keep your gear carefully organized with an internal sleeping bag pocket, exterior gear loops, and extra drop pockets while an E-VAP foam back panels provides dry comfort to your back.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face El Lobo 65 Pack (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the El Lobo 65 Pack by The North Face Weather-resistant zip on hood X Radial tubular aluminum frame Anatomical cranial cavity Hydration compatible with sleek hose port Unique, dual-pivot hipbelt Sleeping bag compartment with trampoline divider Large external drop pocket Contoured E-VAP foam shoulder harness Large external zippered stash pocket Removable hood converts to large lumbar pack with its own hipbelt Hipbelt and shoulder harness interchangeable with Primero packs Molded E-VAP foam back panel with bonded mesh Leading-edge technology in an easy-to-use, multi-day package Three-point hipbelt closure Stretch woven side water bottle pockets Multiple exterior lash points Optimal load weight range: 35-70 lbs Imported SPECIFICATIONS for Small: Dimensions: 26in. x 9.25in. x 13in. / 66 cm x 23.5 cm x 33 cm Fabric: 210D ripstop nylon, 420D HD ripstop nylon Fit Range: 14in.-17in. / 36 cm-43 cm SPECIFICATIONS for Medium: Average Weight: 4 lbs 4 oz / 1950 g Dimensions: 27in. x 9in. x 13in. / 68 cm x 24 cm x 34 cm Fabric: 210D ripstop nylon, 420D HD ripstop nylon Fit Range: 16in.-19in. / 41 cm-48 cm Standard Volume: 3480 in3 / 57 liters Ext Volume: 3950 in3 / 65 liters SPECIFICATIONS for Large: Dimensions: 27.5in. x 9.6in. x 13.5in. / 70 cm x 24.5 cm x 34.5 cm Fabric: 210D ripstop nylon, 420D HD ripstop nylon Fit Range: 18in.-21in. / 46 cm-53 cm This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Inspired and influenced by the Primero and Crestone packs, this 65 liter pack represents a best-of-both-worlds hybrid. Borrowing the Primero's X Radial endoskeleton, hipbelt/shoulder strap configuration, and lightweight disposition, this pack incorporates the Crestone's durable shell, complemented by water-resistant zippers on the hood. This pack's sleek compound-curved, molded E-VAP hipbelt cups the iliac crest to maximize comfort, while its mesh-infused E-VAP foam back panel effectively manages ventilation.