wacosta13 wrote a review of The North Face MG 55 Backpack - 4000 cu in on March 27, 2003
I bought this pack to replace an old Marmot pack that I had "modified" slightly for alpine climbing.
I needed a pack that was small enough for day trips, but that I could bring a sleeping bag and bivy sack for longer trips (I did this on Mt. Washington this spring). I also wanted tool tubes/sleeves, or at least tool loops. I also wanted a pack with either an integrated crampon pouch, or some other mechanism for attaching my crampons securely without ripping up the pack or its contents. This pack met all of these requirements and has performed well for me.
My only complaint is that the hip belt is too stiff. This makes it hard to climb wearing the pack since the hip belt lies right on your harness and interferes with racking gear (ice screws etc). Because the hip belt is not removable, I was stuck just clipping the two ends together and just letting it sit behind my back, but because the belt is stiff, it makes the pack stick out at the bottom. A possible solution would be to put racking clips on the hip belt itself as it already has a gear racking loop and wearing the pack normally without wearing racking clips on your harness. I will try that on my next climb...