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The North Face Gym Rat

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Gym Rat has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best daypacks for 2024.

This is my favorite of all the three The North Face daypacks I own.

It has a unique side loading access (Right-side), which opens all the way from top to bottom (Right-angle). It means easy access for all my gear while wearing the pack on one strap. The large zippers look darn durable and have never failed--easy to open and close.

This pack has only one external pocket (Right-side) and a delightful feature beloved to The North Face...a key-holder clip.

On the right there is a large mesh pocket to hold a 1 litre Nalgene bottle. On the front of the pack are two rows of daisy chains in red, and Bungee-cord webbing, great for stashing wet/damp clothes.

This technical daypack was made for rock-climbing, and it's still my favorite even after buying two more The North Face Daypacks, and the latest Arc-teryx Spear daypack with watertight zippers.

Pity this pack is discontinued. Any change North Face is reading this? Resurect this pack!

Design: Side-loading
Size: 24 Litres
Number of Pockets: 01
Max. Load Carried: 8 kg
Height of Owner: 5 11

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