The North Face Spire 45
Design: Alpine Internal Frame Pack
Size: Large, 55 liters
Max. Load Carried: 50lbs
Height of Owner: 6'0"
Price Paid: $129
I've already sent a review that you can see below but I wanted to do another after taking this pack up every major peak in New England (Wildcat, Washington, Waschusett, Liberty, Monadnock, Isolation, Katahdin). This pack has held up very well and I'm now a believer in the cordura fabric and I will never buy another pack without it.
Other than its durability it has everything needed for packing efficently, nothing more. The two daisychains with velcro straps can hold anything fron hiking poes to skis or an ice axe. In addition the wand pockets in combination with the clips on the top compression straps are great for holding tent poles or other longer things (I even took a two-piece fishing rod once), and you don't have to decompress your pack to remove them.
But like I said in my previous review, the biggest asset is the stability of the pack. No pack I've tried holds to your waist better than this one, you'll never experience that swaying feeling. So I hope this follow-up helps you decide if this is the pack for you.
Size: large, 50L
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 38lbs
Height of Owner: 6'0"
Price Paid: $129
I was looking for a pack that would do many things for me, including full-day trips with many toys, 1-3 night trips, climbing and I wanted something durable. The fabric and stitching hasn't been sacrificed for weight or price and for the price I'd say it's the best you can do.
Also included are some nicer features like two pockets on the sides that fit a nalgene bottle nicely and a whistle on the strap acrost the shoulder straps that expands with breathing. Probably the feature I like best is how the pack stays out of your way. With a compleatly adjustable 3 point supension you can adjust the weight to your shoulders or hips easily and the pack is narrow and compact enough so that you have full flexiblity over rough terrain, this goes for the waistbelt as well.
While probally not for the super light crowd it is what I want and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an overnight pack to a highly technical terrain pack.
Price Paid: $128.95
Very well done pack, the best thing about it being stability. Not as plush as others, but I don't think it would be as stable if it were.
One thing I disagree about the above review is the side pockets, they don't fit a nalgene bottle and I think they're only wand pockets. The compression straps on the side have a clever system to release whatever you strapped on the side without decompressing your load.
I wouldn't recommend this product to people who like all the bells and whistles possible, but it is for the crowd who likes a practical balance between durability (take a look at the fabrics and stiching), weight (>4lbs), and features.
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On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face Spire 45 Pack (Fall 2007 Discontinued) 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 with angled fiberglass in.Vin. stays 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 Large-capacity alpine pack for all-season use. MGF Plus suspension 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): [M] 3 lbs 11 oz (1675 g) [L] 4 lbs (1815 g) Dimensions: [M] 30in. x 14in. x 11in. (76 cm x 36 cm x 28 cm) [L] 32in. x 14in. x 11in. (81 cm x 36 cm x 28 cm) Volume: (extended): [M] 3050 in3 (50 liters) [L] 3350 in3 (55 liters) Fabric: 210D x 330D Cordura, 420D nylon Fit Range: [M] 16in. - 19in. (41 cm - 48 cm) [L] 18in. - 21in. (46 cm - 53 cm) Volume: (standard): [M] 2750 in3 (45 liters) [L] 3050 in3 (50 liters)
Designed for carrying climbing and mountaineering loads, The North Face Spire 45 is a well-equipped alpine pack that comfortably adapts to hiking and skiing without forcing you into making compromises. The Spire 45 design is loosely based on The North Face MG pack series, but the Spire combines the all-season features with a new Mountain Guide Flex (MGF) suspension and triple-density padding along the backpanel for better load control. Unloaded the design is clean and streamlined, but the Spire 45 has adjustable side ski slots that adapt to a wide range of ski widths, allowing you to mix it up one day with your teles and go with your short shaped downhill skis the next. Other external features include a pocket for your pick, a three-point haul system configuration and daisy chains and gear loops for other essential items.
- Altrec Outdoors
The North Face Spire 45 Backpack is a big all-sport daypack for gear-intensive alpine sports. The Spire is a top-loader to maximize its useable space, and optionally overload into the collar for extra room. Since your loads will be larger, the Spire 45 sports a beefier version of the MGF suspension with a center aluminum stay and fiberglass V-stays to support the full pack and transfer weight efficiently. 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.
Reach the top of the peak with this versatile alpine pack designed for all-season use. Features:
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