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The North Face Banchee 50

photo: The North Face Banchee 50 weekend pack (50-69l)

Love this backpack! As an ultralight enthusiast I use it for up to one-week trips without any problems.


  • Front pockets are super
  • Good ventilation
  • Lightweight


  • No bottom access

This backpack is the best. Quality, stability, size, comfort... everything is in top category.

And still I want to outline some features why it is better then other backpacks

Super Features:

Front pockets—Majority of backpacks have several pockets to organize staff. These pockets are usually top one, two side pockets on hip belt, and two pockets on sides for water, but everyone will agree that it is not enough.

Top one is not roomy, and usually there is a huge mess there. Also it is difficult to access for others when you have your backpack on. Side pockets are very small and suitable only for quick snacks. Bottle pockets are meant to be used for bottles, it is not secured well and less functional.

Aaaand here comes the North Face solution...two big easily accessible pockets! You will not understand pleasure of using it until you try.

Good Features:

Roomy and adjustable front side for jackets and quick access clothes.

Excellent weight-to-stability-and-durability ratio. Backpack weighs 1.61kg. Main rival for me in this category is Osprey Exos 48 or 58 but it is not as stable as Banchee.

Ventilated and comfortable back—My main requirement while I was searching for a backpack.


While shopping for this backpack online I found it very difficult to find correct sizing instructions. Backpack comes in two sizes (S/M and L/XL), straps are adjustable but still you have to find your correct size. I bought both of them and am now using S/M. I think I was just on the edge, i.e both S/M and L/XL is OK for me, I'm 180cm 75 kg.

Source: bought it new

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Price Current Retail: $194.99
Historic Range: $98.95-$229.95
Price Historic Range: $99.00-$230.00
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