Gear Review

4 5

nearly perfect for overnight ski mountaineering

My wife and I each bought one of these packs for a ski trip on the Führer Finger on Rainier. We were looking for a pack which could handle the heavy loads of our overnight gear and climbing gear on the approach and which could comfortably carry skis and minimal gear on summit day. This pack fit the bill extremely well and we were super impressed with its performance. When shopping, we also purchased the Arc'teryx Arrakis 65 and Osprey Atmos 65. The Arrakis doesn't compress at all when mostly empty, and the Atmos cannot handle skis. The TNF Prophet, however, does both extremely well. Even when the pack is mostly empty, the A-frame carry for skis is very stable and the skis don't flop around much at all. The frame sheet (back panel) is simple to remove and re-install, and the same goes for the pack's lid. We shed both on summit day to trim the pack's weight. The crampon pocket worked really well. On the approach, the pack handled 50 to 60-lb loads better than expected and remained comfortable. I have only two complaints about this pack: 1) There are no dedicated pockets for avalanche gear as on the Arrakis; 2) The material is more fragile than packs I've used in the past. When setting the pack down on the trail (nothing sharp or out of the ordinary), I tore a hole in the bottom of my pack during just its second trip (later in the summer), so I'll have to exchange it with BC.com. I'm 6'1", 160-lbs, and the medium fits me. My wife is 5'4", 115-lbs, and the small fits her.

nearly perfect for overnight ski mountaineering