candorwrote a review of The North Face Catalyst 60 Backpack - 3350-3950cu in on April 13, 2006
The Cataylst pack is fantastic and performs exactly as advertised. Loaded with 55lb, for the first time I was able to walk rather than plod up a 30 degree pitch and with absolutely no hip stress (I currently own an Osprey Cresent). I would love to have this pack. So what is the problem? The North Face refuses to provide dealers with different size hip-belts and shoulder harnesses for a proper fit. The large torso pack has a 36in minimum waist hip-belt and an overly long shoulder harness which together probably fits about 1% of the backcountry public. I have a 33in waist and need a 20in+ torso length pack. This arrogance on the part of TNF typifies a company in decline.