Your new lightweight cargo-hauler.
Get ready to tackle your biggest alpine adventures yet with the Shadow 30+10 Backpack from The North Face. This slimmed-down alpine pack features a dry bag-style roll-top closure and durable, abrasion-resistant ripstop nylon. Hip belt pockets and tool keeper straps let you keep a few essentials handy, as well as giving you access to your ice axes when you need them. To form an even lighter summit- or day-pack, you can strip off an internal pocket, the hip belt, and the framesheet for a lightweight peak-bagger that's easy to carry.
- Removable framesheet support
- Roll-top dry bag-style closure
- Removable internal water-resistant pocket
- Removable hip belt
- Ripstop nylon outer fabric
- Hip belt pockets
- Tool keeper straps
- Compression straps
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- Q & A
Everything That Went Inside the Pack
The pack was able to carry the follwing:
2-60m Mammut Phoenix Ropes
1 - Camp USA Helmet
2 - BD Cobra Ice Tools
1 - Patagonia Nano Air Jacket
1 - Westcomb Switch LT Jacket
1 - Filled 3 L MSR Dromendary Bag
1 - Camp USA Air CR Harness
9 - BD Express Ice Screws
10 - Slings and Quick Draws
1 - Belay Device
1 - 25ft Anchor Cord with 2 locking carabiners
1 - Camp USA Geko Hot Gloves
1 - BD Lobster or Trigger Finger Guide Gloves
1 - BD Sabretooth Pro Crampons with Bag
Check out the review and picture below to see what it looks like fully packed.
Great Alpine or Ski Touring Pack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was able to get out and test one of The North Face's new packs. The Shadow interests me because though its not the lightest it has reinforcements in all the right spots.
Most lighter alpine packs use a lighter material and corners there use to alpine climbing. This pack has reinforcements on the side so that when you strap skis to them it wont rip the fabric with all the rubbing on the edges. This is important to me because when I spend money on a piece of gear I'd like to get multi-sport use out of it. This can be used for hiking, alpine climbing, or ski touring which makes it a go to choice for the entire year.
I really like the roll top closure. It cinches everything down nicely. This will also help keep out some moisture should you encounter rain or snow. Its not a dry bag or waterproof by any means but, it will keep the moisture from just flowing in better than other packs without that feature.
When you have it stuffed with 30 L worth of gear the roll top works, a bit tight and hard to completely get down but, it works with some shoving. When you max it out you cannot roll it up, so its 30 L with the roll top and then 40 L without it rolled.
The compression straps might take a little figuring out how you want to put your gear on there but, once you do its fast and really secure. With medium packs like this that dont have a big waist strap or suspension built in its important that the weight is cinched. By cinching the pack down you create a more stable pack that carries weight better on your back and doesnt move around when you move around.
To keep it light, its pretty stripped down. There are no internal pockets for avi gear or items like that but, I think if you want to go light you need to sacrifice somewhere and I am more than happy to have the shovel, and probe in there around my gear without a designated separate spot. It does have a small little zippered gear pouch that snaps inside the pack. I use this for my keys, wallet and some other small items that I don't want to lose.
Overall and awesome pack and I am happy to see North Face making lightweight, functional stripped down packs.
As always please feel free to reach out via email or my direct line if you have any questions regarding this packs or other technical packs, I would be more than happy to help you choose one!
Great for alpine climbs
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was in search of a small, light-weight climbing pack and came across the North Face Shadow 30+10. One of the biggest challenges I have in finding a pack is one that is small enough to fit my frame. I'm a 5'5" woman with a slender frame, so finding something that will fit my waist has been tough. The S/M size fits me. Kudos to TNF for recognizing the needs of smaller climbers. What appealed to me about this pack is the 30+10 liters capacity. It has just enough room to fit gear for an overnight outing if you pack efficiently. It also easily compacts down nicely for a climb since you can roll the top down.
The material used is pretty nice. Holds up nicely in a light shower/quick rain storm. Only reason it's not getting 5-stars is because it's not quite as rip resistant. In just 2 months of use, it already has a hole in the bottom. Granted, this pack has been pulled across sharp granite edges but it should be able to hold up longer than 2 months. Overall, a great pack if you're looking for something light and fast.