The North Face Spire 38
Design: Top loading
Number of Pockets: 2 compartments (Main and lid)
Max. Load Carried: 25lbs
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: $50
I have had this backpack for about three years now. I have used it for 10-15 overnight trips in southeast Alaska and northern California as well as a couple days skiing.
I love this backpack. It was a steal at $50...So for hiking the side straps are useful for attaching a two person tent. The heaviest I have ever packed this is about 25lbs and it was super comfortable. For skiing you can attach skis in an A frame and they are reasonably stable, not sure if it was meant for this, but it does just fine. I use this as a carry on when I go home from school, but I wouldn't use this as a daily school back... might as well get the Recon from TNF.
If you put too much in the top cover and the main compartment is only half full, then the top lid has a tenancy to come loose. Other than that I have had no problems with this bag.
Overall a great backpack. Anything longer than two nights out I take something a little bigger than 38.
Number of Pockets: 5 in all indicated for the camel back
Max. Load Carried: 12 kilograms
Height of Owner: 5'7
Price Paid: 7,300 pesos
Hi, I am Vicente A. Montero of Philippines, who bought the Spire 38 product TNF. Being backpacking community here in Philippines I have some comments with this product. I'm am sorry to tell this because this stuff has already broken the two eye lit on the headpack. I use the warranty of this product but they disappoint me with their service. They nothing to do or they not make a way to fix the broken part. I am sad with this, but I love The North Face product.
This Vicente Montero and this is my Contact Info. 2-c Pingkian 1, Pasong Tamo, Tandang sora Quezon City, Philippines and my Mobilephone is +639198147884. Thank you! www.g2-mountaineers.co.nr
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: $99
Love this pack. Very versatile. Especially like it for alpine ice climbing - the gear loops come in handy, it carries axes well, helmet fits nicely under the top lid, straps down a rope very nicely, enough room for the puffy and other winter essentials.
Really wish they made one for carrying snowboards - would carry skis quite nicely. Great cragging pack as well - carries my whole rack, rope, helmet and food.
As one reviewer noted, the grommets for the cord that cinches the top of the pack did tear from the fabric very shortly after I bought it. But frankly, it really hasn't affected the pack at all. Minor issue for me.
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Get to the top of the peak with the Spire 38, a mid-capacity alpine pack for all-season use. The MGF Plus suspension lets you carry heavy gear in comfort with dual-density shoulder straps, a comfort zone around your clavicle and an anatomically shaped removable hipbelt with load controlling compression straps. Adjustable ski slots, daisy chains and a removable floating hood give you the options you need to take on the ice and the snow.
- Altrec Outdoors
Description of The North Face Spire 38 DaypackOutdoor aficionados require high performance packs to get them through long weekend adventures; The North Face Spire 38 Backpack is designed for such people. With Mountain Guide Flex (MGF) suspension, the Spire 38 delivers a comfortable ride for loads in extreme environments for extended periods of time. A removable floating hood maximizes usable space and dual side compression straps let you securely and comfortably carry heavy loads. The Spire 38 includes a removable contoured hip belt, gear loops for convenient access to your tools and ski straps to tote your skis up to the sweet spots. Tough Cordura nylon fabric provides the durability you need to keep this pack performing and looking good season after season. Keep it all together and organized with The North Face Spire, no matter what the season. Features:Fabric : 210D x 330D Cordura® nylon, 420D nylon Dimensions : 28" x 14" x 9" (71 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm) Ext Vol :
- US Outdoor Store
The North Face Spire 38 Backpack is an all-season, all-sport pack you'll use every weekend of the year. Mid-sized for the right one-day balance of manageability and capacity, the Spire is a top-loader to maximize its useable space, and optionally overload into the collar for extra room. Up top, the Spire sports a cranial cavity to minimize head-bonking and load-lifter straps to keep the straps from digging into your shoulders when your load is hefty. The Spire features double daisy chains for climbing hardware in every season, adjustable ski slots for winter, and a channeled back panel for summer comfort. The handy gear loops on the waist belt keep tools ready for quick-draw, pun intended. If you're tackling the mountains, no matter the season, you'll want The North Face Spire on your back. *Not Available for Shipment to Canada.
Free Shipping. The North Face Spire 38 Pack (Spring 2007) Reach the top of the peak with this versatile alpine pack designed for all-season use. Features: 3-point haul system Adjustable angle load lifters Adjustable ski slots Aluminum center stay Bottom panel lash points Closed cell back panel and hipbelt Cranial cavity Dual side compression straps Floating hydration sleeve Hypalon daisy chains Large side pockets MGF suspension Mid-capacity alpine pack for all-season use. Pick pocket Removable contoured hipbelt with gear loops Removable floating hood with internal mesh pocket and key clip Top-loader Specs: Access: Top Weight (average): 3 lbs 7 oz (1560 g) Dimensions: 28in. x 14in. x 9in. (71 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm) Volume: (extended): 2600 in3 (43 liters) Fabric: 210D x 330D Cordura, 420D nylon Fit Range: 17in. - 20in. (43 cm - 51 cm) Volume: (standard): 2300 in3 (38 liters)