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The North Face Patrol 48

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photo: The North Face Patrol 48 winter pack


Price Historic Range: $109.96-$209.00
Reviewers Paid: $150.00


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

This pack is the most comfortable, stable, and the best investment I have ever made. The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't fit a Life-Link Aluminum shovel as well as it should. Otherwise it is awsome!

Design: Internal
Size: 2500
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 30
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $150

The North Face Patrol pack has everything you could ever look for in a backcountry ski pack. It has an avalanche probe sleeve on the inside of the pack which is handy if you ever have to use it. It also has a nice spot to put a shovel on the front of the pack. But, I think the best thing about the pack is how the skis are attached to the pack. They are strapped on the front instead of on the sides which balances the pack very nicely. There are also numerous gear loops on the front of the pack and I have found it works great as a climbing pack in the summer.

Design: Internal Frame
Size: 2600
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 45lbs
Height of Owner: 5 11
Price Paid: $150

I have been very happy with the pack. It is completely bombproof, and has the ability, with its external straps and over-the-top suspension, to carry very large loads. The yellow does get dirty, but it is nice for visibility, which is a definite advantage in the urban jungle. The compression straps allow it to always be a tight load, or expand to a surprising capacity. The aluminum stays can be bent for max. support and comfort, they make you feel like you are sitting down all the time. Very comfortable.

Design: aluminum stays/ rucksack
Size: 2600cu/in
Number of Pockets: 3- 2 small/ 1 main
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Price Paid: $200 cdn

This pack is exceptional. I have found that it will carry everthing I might want on alpine climbs, includings skis nestled away from legs. It is very expensive for a rucksack, however there are few that compete with volume and ability to carry skis. It has not been waterproof in heay downpours of rain and hail. It is not easily accessed unless you open it completely. It fits well and distributes the load well and is comfortable, with a very comprehensive suspension and compression adjustments. this could be a pack for the minimalist hiker in lieu of a small internal frame pack. I do not recommend the high visibilty yellow, as it gets dirty fast.

Design: Ruck Sack
Size: 2600
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $150

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