20 years on...still a great pack! I still use it all…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


20 years on...still a great pack!


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I still use it all the time. It's extremely durable so I can't imagine what brainchild was doing to it in 2002 to kill it so quickly. No issues. Fantastic backpack.


Welcome to Trailspace, Mark! That's great that your Fusion is still working out 20 years on. If you have some pictures of your pack, those would be great to see in your review.

9 months ago

Ah, back in the days when TNF actually made good products, not designer clothing. Thanks for the review.

9 months ago

This is a copy of what I sent to The North Face after…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Design: top loading
Size: 5000-6500
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs.
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $400

This is a copy of what I sent to The North Face after a 1 month trip to Wyoming with NOLS.

During 1 month of hiking I had the following problems.

1) Internal lateral compression strap (yellow) clip (male) broke.

2) Internal compression strap buckle (on same loop as female piece of #1) broken

3) External top closing clip broken.

4) Metal bar (for making headroom) constantly flipped and did the opposite of its intended purpose.

5) Metal stabilizing bar became bent somehow.

6) *Velcro used for securing the back padding and shoulder straps would not stay.

·By far the worst thing that happened, constantly had to stop entire group and readjust my pack

7) Webbing (coming down from D-ring on shoulder straps) too short to be used after adjusting

8) Lid-pocket clip (male piece on black webbing) broken.

9) Small tear in back padding (lower left)

worst pack ever!!!


This pack is made for moutaineering and works terifficly.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: internal
Size: 7000
Number of Pockets: five
Max. Load Carried: 85 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10
Price Paid: $345 cdn

This pack is made for moutaineering and works terifficly. It has precision fit, completly waterproof and secures the load effectivly. Although they are quite rare and are now discontinued.

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The North Face Fusion


The Fusion has been discontinued.

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