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When you need a streamlined pack for your fast-and-light summit approach, look to The North Face Prophet 45 Backpack to get the job done. Load up your gear, secure your ice axe into one of the multiple tool loops, and make a push for the peak. You'll shoulder your gear in comfort thanks to this lightweight backpack's molded E-VAP back panel and shoulder straps, and body-forming hip-belt. If you need to bring a bit more gear, this Summit Series Backpack expands by 20L (1220cu in) to accommodate your puffy and extra food. Removable aluminum stays let you cut down the Prophet 45's already paltry weight, and a removable bivy pad has your back for those unexpected nights below the summit.

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Good Bag.

    I recently used this bag for a MT Washington Summit. I thought it did a great job, the top opening kept the snow out of the main compartment, the crampon pouch was a handy addition along with the ice tool strapping. I did notice however that the water bottle pockets tended to fill up with snow once the weather got pretty bad. In fairness i did have a water bottle and a dry bag in each pocket so they were propped open. Nothing major but perhaps in heavy snow it might be wise to not use the side pockets.

    Good Bag.

    the best backpack that money can buy!!

      Its the best backpack that money can buy but you need to know that:

      -This bag is specifically design for alpine climbs, its not a hiking bag..
      -There are no side pockets, no seperate compartment for sleeping bags..
      -No raincoat(since it doesn't really rain in alpine environments)..

      If you are an alpine climber, you should definetly get this bag. Don't think about the prize, or don't think it would be inadequate for 5-6 day climbs. Eventhough its just 50 liters, you can fit all your gear clothes and food for 3 day climbs(I'm not sure if i'm packing light or the bag is bigger than tech spec says)If you're going for a longer climb, don't get a bigger pack. Just hang your food or clothes on the gearloops in dry bags. You cannot find a better back system!!

      Every single detail is thought for you. You can roll the extanding gear loops and tie them with a velcro band so it won't get stuck in some crack while leading a hard pitch.

      You can detach the back panel to use it as a bivy pad. It's pretty comfy.

      No pockets might seem disfunctinal, but you don't really need them. Lack of pockets allow you to maximize the use of side gear loops, and keeps the bag in a greater shape.(also makes it lighter).

      Stitches look very durable compared to other backpacks. They look like the stitches on quickdraw slings.

      and All other great futures that other backpacks have!!

      as an alternative : Deuter Guide 45+

      Perfectly basic.

        This is the pack I use for really big ski tour days, ie Mt. Rainier. Its big enough for a night or two out, also. Great weight distribution, not over tech with features, just a killer, basic design for climbing and skiing huge mountains. I would go smaller for just a day-tour pack, but when you need extra food, gear, and clothes, this is my ideal size.

        Does anyone know if this is a womens...

        Does anyone know if this is a womens specific pack, mens, or neutral? I am about 23in in my torso length. I will need either a womens large. I will have to adjust the torso length to the max. If this is a mens I would most likely need a medium or large.

        My guess is that unless you are really, really tall, and have a really long torso, you probably measured your center back wrong. Most men's large packs top out at a 22 inch center back length, and it is highly unusual for a woman to have a center back that large. I would recommend going into an REI or some other outdoor store and getting yourself measured. This is a unisex pack.

        hi, i just got this pack and i wonder where...

        hi, i just got this pack and i wonder where is this bivy pad? how too use it?

        how does the expanding works?

        how does the expanding works?

        Are those straps I see hanging at the...

        Are those straps I see hanging at the bottom big enough to put a light pad through? I want to be able to strap my sleeping bag and pad to the outside. Can I do that with this pack?

        Would it be good for a three day hike?

        Would it be good for a three day hike?

        Best Answer

        Right now, the TNF Catalyst 60 pack is on sale for $195 (50% off, regularly: $388.95). The sale price puts it below the cost of this pack, and the more comfortable Catalyst 60 would be darn near perfect for a 3-day hike--or if packed right, a week-long jaunt. Don't get me wrong, the Prophet is an excellent rucksack, but the Catalyst and Primero lines are more suited for extended stays on hiking trails.

        Is It Waterproof And Good In The Rain

        Is It Waterproof And Good In The Rain

        I am thinking of the north Face Prophet....

        I am thinking of the north Face Prophet. I am 54 and have not back packed overnight for probably 30 years so I don't want to go over 4 lbs or perhaps 4.5 but I MUST have a support system so the weight really feels transfered to the hips and good hip and shoulder pads, at least sufficient that way. Max 3 nights out.
        What do you think?

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        The prophet 45L has the frame support and probably the shoulder pads for 3 nights out. As far as the padding on the belt I feel like it may be a little thin for 3 nights out in the beginning but there is certainly enough padding that your body will get use to it. I have had no soreness or bruising at any time while using it and I have taken it out a dozen or so times but I am also half your age and backpack quite a bit. I think that you will be please with the pack it really is a great pack. Also 3 days may be a bit of a stretch unless you pack really light. Like I said it has the frame to support the weight for 3 days not sure about the space. If I'm out for longer then 3 days it means I'm going to be doing a lot more trekking and prefer a burlier heavier pack. Hope that helps.