dkmeecwrote a review of The North Face Megamouth Backpack - 1100cu in on October 17, 2008
I was pretty disappointed. I've always been hesitant about North Face just because I feel like you pay a premium for the name but don't really get any better gear. The stitching on the lower back pads started to come out and the bladder leaked. I tried to see if I could fix it but I think it's a design flaw in the cap of the bladder. The lanyard that keeps the lid from getting lost is attached from the inside at the bottom of the mouth and that's right where it leaked. I should have tested it first but was pretty mad when my top layers (that I needed to stay dry for the windy north rim of the Grand Canyon) got wet and was limited to half my water-carrying capacity on a 22-mile day hike. First and last time with North Face -- I think my suspicions were correct in that they're an over-rated brand.
Some nice features -- the mouth valve is definitely better than camelbak and the magnetic clip is ingenious. Just don't sacrifice functionality for bells and whistles.