The North Face Prophet 45
Design: Top-loading Internal
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 30#
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $100
I have the older version of the Prophet 45 and use it for multiday backpacking. I bought it because it's light for the size and it is expandable.
The pack has one large compartment and is top loading. I've used it for a 3-day, 2 night trip to Channel Islands NP and it worked well.
The weight is close which is nice and there are plenty of straps to adjust the fit to your body. Being able to expand by 20L is also a plus in case I wanted to go on extended trips.
My gripes with the pack are few:
On the older design, there are no compression straps like there are on the latest version. That made strapping my MSR Dromedary bladder a pain but I fixed that with some rope, a couple of butterfly knots, and few carabiners.
There are not enough (any) external pockets. This is probably by design since it's an alpine pack rather than a back country backpacking pack but a couple of pockets on the hip belt wouldn't hurt.
The water bladder isn't externally accessible. To refill, I had to partially unpack.
Design: top loading Internal X frame
Size: 45 liters
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'5
Price Paid: $199
Best for weekend outing. Very comfortable to use. It only lacks back ventilation when used in tropical countries. The fabric used in this pack is tough but the coating easily strips off. The lack of pockets of this pack can be compensated by using mini carabiners because it has a lot of carabs attachments.
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The North Face Prophet 45 is a high-performance mid-volume lightweight technical pack that's fully featured for climbing and cragging.
The Prophet 45 is The North Face's premier lightweight alpine assault pack. The lightweight carbon-fiber X-Frame suspension mirrors the rotational movement of the body so you don't fight the load and create undue fatigue.
- Mountain Gear
When you need a streamlined pack for your fast-and-light summit approach, look to The North Face Prophet 45 Backpack to get the job done. Load up your gear, secure your ice axe into one of the multiple tool loops, and make a push for the peak. You'll shoulder your gear in comfort thanks to this lightweight backpack's molded E-VAP back panel and shoulder straps, and body-forming hip-belt. If you need to bring a bit more gear, this Summit Series Backpack expands by 20L (1220cu in) to accommodate your puffy and extra food. Removable aluminum stays let you cut down the Prophet 45's already paltry weight, and a removable bivy pad has your back for those unexpected nights below the summit.
The Prophet 45 is a premier lightweight alpine assault packs for heavy loads of mountaineering pursuits.
- Rocky Mountain Trail