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The North Face Prophet 40 Backpack can’t tell you exactly how to live your life, but with its ability to carry your skis, ice tools, and other cold-weather adventure gear, it definitely has a strong opinion as to what you should do.

  • Sleek design and lightweight construction make it ideally suited for done-in-a-day adventures
  • Pack made with super-burly Cordura Bombastic fabric—the same stuff used to make auto airbags and bulletproof vests
  • Pack fabric also features a weather-resistant PU coating for protection against the elements
  • Lightweight aluminum stay provides ample support for your light-and-fast expeditions
  • From ice tools to backcountry skis, the tool-attachment loops and side adjustment straps carry your cold-weather adventure gear
  • E-Vap molded foam back panel and hop belt provide cushioning and help circulate air so you stay comfortable
  • Revised pack opening more easily accommodates ropes and other technical gear
  • The North Face Summit Series

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if i opt to attach my snowshoes on the sides using the compression straps, will it fit? tnx

Best Answer

I don't think your snowshoes will fit in the straps that come with the pack, but no reason you can't pick up a couple extra straps and add them on. I often carry a couple extra compression straps for just that sort of thing..


Great pack!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Used this pack for a recent 23 mile hike in the Grand Canyon (Havasu Falls) and was impressed by how comfortable it was and well it fit to my body. We stayed at the lodge in Supai, so we weren't hauling tents and bags (don't think it's quite big enough for all that) but if you're looking for something that's in-between a day pack and an overnight pack that is outrageously comfy, then this is the pack for you!

Great pack!


  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I use this pack primarily for hauling my gear to the crag for a day of climbing and it is the perfect size. It fits comfortably enough that should I need to scramble on approach it stays in place. Would highly recommend it.


My Summer Bag - LOVE IT!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I did quite a bit of research to find the perfect, all-around best bag money can buy. I'm very confident that I have made the right choice. The bag is super lightweight and is big enough for all of my gear for the entire summer road trip.

Hello Guys! Im 1.70cm tall. Which size...

Hello Guys!

Im 1.70cm tall. Which size do you recommend me to buy? Thanks a lot.


Best Answer

Would you please provide more of your specific physical dimensions (i.e. your waist, chest, torso, chest, etc.)? Anything that you can measure or have someone else help you to measure would help me or someone else get a better idea of what size you might need. If you don't know how to take any of those measurements (I especially recommend having someone else around to correctly measure your torso, as fitting a pack based on that measurement is key to comprehensive comfort). Also, I assume you meant 1.7 Meters tall?

Thanks James.

By 1.70cm I mean 1.7m tall as well, same same but different...My chest�s 29cm wide + 40cm tall - aprox...

Thanks again!

The North Face Prophet 40 Backpack

The North Face Prophet 40 Backpack

Using The North Face Prophet 40 Backpack makes getting into the backcountry more enjoyable!


A Wonderful Versatile Pack

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

My wife uses this pack for our extended trips in the backcountry & it performs flawlessly & looks great doing it! We always tend to pack light & she has used this pack for 4-6 day adventures. Very Streamline & simple. Built to last! Great Pack!


Streamline light weight alpine pack

    Works for me as a great day pack for alpine climbing and multi-day(3 tops) ski tours. Minimal features but does exactly what I need it to. My only gripe is that the top lid is fixed. It's a shame that it isn't detachable. Most importantly it's comfortable and lightweight!

    Streamline light weight alpine pack

    I'm about 6' 175 lbs, would the M/L be...

    I'm about 6' 175 lbs, would the M/L be better for me?

    Probably. However the best way is to measure your Torso length. There are many videos on YouTube that can show you how, it's pretty easy. If you are between sizes, it's usually better to size up. Good luck!

    Yes Ben. I would recommend the M/L for you. I use the M/L size and am 5'11 and it rides very comfortably.

    Is there a side pocket?

    Is there a side pocket?

    Yes, there is also is a small zip stash pocket along the wearer's left side of the pack. Big enough for headlamp, beanie, wallet, cell, etc. You can see the zipper pull in the photo above in between the red side compression straps.


    Nice pack

      I ordered this pack and the osprey mutant - I kept the mutant simply as it seemed to be able to fit more gear and I did not need 2 packs of the same volume.

      What is REALLY GREAT about this pack is the weight - I test packed and walked around with it - for how light it is, great support.


      Simple, durable, and excellent design. Good job TNF!

        Bought this pack to use as a daypack and 1-3 day over night trips. I've owned it for about 6 months now and have taken it on a total of 11 trips. Recently just took it on a summit attempt on Mt. Rainier. I previously owned the Prophet 45 and must say that TNF has done a great job updating this pack. IMO the Prophet 45 was over designed with a lot of what I believe were unnecessary features. The Prophet 40 on the other hand does the job without all the extras. The new Prophet 40 is noticeably lighter, but the top lid is no longer detachable and there's no crampon pocket. I wish TNF would have added more cord loops to the main body. Overall the bag is simple and durable and accommodates to all your adventures in the great outdoors.

        Simple, durable, and excellent design. Good job TNF!