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The North Face Cobra 52L Backpack

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Load up and crush your next expedition.

The Cobra 52 Backpack from The North Face gives you all the features of its bigger brother in a size that's more suited for smaller frames. To help you haul large loads for extended periods of time, The North Face used a removable framesheet suspension system that also allows this pack to be converted to a peak-bagger or ski pack. This can be accomplished by removing the framesheet, hip belt padding, and top lid. You can carry large amounts of gear with this pack, as well as keeping it sorted efficiently, thanks to the stowable helmet carry, oversized crampon pocket, wand pockets, and hip belt pockets. To round out the features, The North Face added a ski-carry, sled drag clips, a tool loop on the hip belt, lash points, and a rope-carry system. 

  • Removable framesheet suspension system
  • Top access
  • Removable, floating top lid
  • Can be stripped down to daypack
  • Cordura nylon outer fabric
  • Hydration sleeve
  • Sowable helmet carry
  • Oversized crampon pocket
  • Wand pockets
  • Hip belt pocket
  • Tool keepers with covered tips
  • Ski carry
  • Sled drag clips
  • Tool loop on hip belt
  • Lash points
  • Rope carry
  • Item #TNF01AU

Tech Specs

420D Cordura nylon, 500D nylon
52L (3173cu in)
Shoulder Straps
Waist Belt
Hydration Compatible
yes, hydration sleeve
1 crampon, 1 hip belt
Gear Loops
Detachable Daypack
Fast-pack Option
Claimed Weight
(complete) [S/M] 3 lb 9 oz, [L/XL] 3 lb 11 oz, (fast-pack) [S/M] 2 lb 1 oz, [L/XL] 2 lb 3 oz
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

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Underrated, but amazing backpack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tried a few backpacks prior to a trip down to Patagonia. My Gearhead, Patrick K, helped me pick out a few different backpacks in this size. I ended up narrowing it down to the Arcteryx Alpha FL45 and this and ended up going with the North Face. The bag is really quite light for the amount of support and padding it has which leads me to the best part - the comfort of this bag is amazing, it is nice and adjustable and I was able to wear it very comfortably.

I wish it came with a rain cover though.

Simple, Comfotable, Spacious

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Finally I found a pack that my husband likes. I got this for him, because he hasn't been happy with the fit of our other packs.

Note: I gave it 4-Stars, because we haven't used it extensively and haven't used it for ski touring or mountaineering.

Here is what he liked:

1) Fit! This is the fist climbing/backpacking pack under 80 Liters, that he has found comfortable to wear. He found it very comfortable on the hip bones, and liked the weight distribution. He carries about 35 lbs of climbing gear. We usually take two ropes to guide friends.

2) Simplicity! He wants to stuff everything in, and dump everything out. This has a big wide interior and opening, which makes it really easy to get stuff in and out of. There are a pockets in the brain, for organization, and will take a Hydration Bladder.

3) Tough Crampon and Helmet pocket. The external pocket is big and durable, so you don't have to wince, every time you put your gear in there.

4) Look. He likes the design and colors. Hey, that's important too!

Here's a picture of my using it as a day pack, without the top pocket, or brain. I also find it very comfortable, without any pain on the hips bones.

More questions? Let me help!

Emily Jenson
Expert Gearhead

Simple, Comfotable, Spacious

Nailed the basics

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My favorite part about this pack is the simplicity thats combined with some serious durability that doesn't weigh me down. The main compartment easily stores my sleeping bag, cookware, clothes, and food for 3-5 days and the lid is large enough for all the quick essentials including my camera. With some purchased accessory straps my tent and sleeping bag are easily attached to the outside of the back in the traditional horizontal fashion. While these straps don't break the bank, it would have been nice as an included feature.

Previously, I've exclusively used packs with a suspension system like Deuter or Osprey, and have been blown away with the long term comfort this pack has provided. Without a crazy amount of padding on the back or waist belt the pack doesn't have the initial cloud-like comfort you get from putting on one of the more padded suspension packs. However, as my trips progress the simplicity comes into play and I tend to "forget" the pack is there or causing any higher pressure points.

All in all, I'm a huge fan of this pack.

Cool pack, minimal approach

    I really liked the look and feel of this pack. I just wished it had more pockets. Total pockets include the top lid, a little pouch on the inside, outside crampon and some minimal sleeves on the side. It makes sense, as this bag is designed mainly for climbers, but in search of a multi-day use pack I ended up looking elsewhere

    Unanswered Question

    Is this the successor of the discontinued Prophet? How would you rate it for climbing?