The North Face Prophet 45
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Premier lightweight alpine assault pack for heavy loads on mountaineering pursuits.
The North Face Prophet 45 Reviews
Reviewed by Pete Baars (Merseyside) on 2006-04-06:
General comments: I bought one of these because it was reduced, I succumbed to it's bells and whistles. with features like fully adfustable back length, dual haul loops, colour coded main straps, crampon pocket, wand pockets with drain holes, hydration pouch and reflective cord straps. They were all very tempting, and so I gave in. The sack wasn't overly easy to adjust, but once adjusted, it fitted very well. It is quite flexible in it's load carrying capacity because of the floating top section, but I found that if it was rammed it to the gills, then the load was carried so high that it rendered the pack top heavy and made me less stable on my feet, not so good in a mountaineering sack. It felt flimsy, I didn't find it to be overly flimsy (although I did manage to stick a couple of holes in the expanding snowlock section which is made from a much lighter fabric), but maybe I've been spoilt by my Macpac sacks in the past. I also found that there were just too many buckles and straps, it felt almost overengineered.Overall it's a very good lightweight climbing sack, but of questionable use for a bigger trip, the load carrying capacity is a little overstated in my opinion. It tries to be all things to all men, but just comes up short. The build quality is however up to the usual high standard you can expect from North Face, but I went back to my Macpac Classic Pursuit after a couple of months and felt a lot happier shouldering that pack for a day on the hill.
Pros: Quite durable particularly for it's weight, very light, very comfortable once adjusted correctly, some nice features
Cons: Over-engineered and in my opinion just felt too light to last. Too Fussy (if you get what I mean).
Reviewed by Rachel S (Stockport) on 2007-09-30:
General comments: This is probably the best bag available from North Face and in my opinion is one of the better alpine style bags available on the market. It has many MANY little things that make this bag as good as it is. For example, it has a clean cut which is great for alpinism, so stupid stuff hanging off it to get caught on rock etc. The design of the bag is such that alot of it can be removed to reduce the weight by about half for a summit attempt. The back support system is removable and folds out to magically produce an emergency sleeping mat! The floating lid can also be removed to save weight. The bag features good ice tool holders and a front crampon pocket which many bags don't have. The compression straps have clever little velcro mini straps to keep a hold of excess webbing do it doesnt get in the way. The hip belt is comfortable and has the addition of a couple of gear loops rated to about 1kg. Overall, the flexibility, weight and comfort of this bag make it a really good choice for anyone who needs a good lightweight pack that they can also use for alpinism
Pros: Weight, clever design features
Cons: None really, maybe a bit pricey at an RRP of £135