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The North Face Aurora

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

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Price Reviewers Paid: $450.00


2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   1
1-star:   0

Just got back from a 75-day NOLS semester with this pack and I woould not recommend it to anyone. Maybe I got a lemon but the pack's stitching failed in many place s(had to make numerous repairs to the shoulder harness in the field). The pack's design and comfort were pretty good overall. The only thing that I would eliminate personally is the divider between the main compartment and the sleeping bag compartment. Luckily good old EMS took the pack back when I got home!! I think it's time to get a Gregory or a Dana?!

Design: Internal
Size: 7000+
Number of Pockets: 2+ Main compartment
Max. Load Carried: 80
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $450 retail

This pack is as big as they come. Space enough for all my winter gear. Comfy and adjustable. I've been able to haul 10 lbs more than usual with it. Two external pockets make access to gloves, hat, snacks really easy. Water bottles are really accessible for drinking on the go. Loads ride really well because of back stays, frame sheet and delrin hoop. The load is effectively transfered to the hips. I've got a bony waist and used to get waistbelt bite with my other packs. Not with this waistbelt.

Good sleeping bag compartment with compression straps and easy to use zippers. The detachable lid is good for either a fanny pack or just bringing food into tent with you. Shove-it pocket handy for storing a sweater, shell, or shovel.

If you need a load monster then this pack will do the job. One season with this pack and I'm glad it's mine.

Design: Internal frame
Size: 6600-8000
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 45lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: Warranty replacement

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