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The North Face Patrol 35

Oct 16, 2007
Outside Magazine
The North Face Patrol 35

The North Face Patrol 35

To find the perfect ski or snowboard pack, you must first decide what constitutes the perfect day on snow. Unencumbered resort laps? A fully loaded backcountry tour? Heli-skiing or hut-to-hut? Pick your passion and you'll find a pack tailor-made for it here. And if your typical ski season involves a little bit of everything, consider The North Face's Gear of the Year-winning Patrol 35, which does exactly what a versatile pack should do: subdue unwieldy loads on the way up and disappear on the way down.

The North Face Patrol 35 (3.6 lbs) $139

1.The Patrol 35 nails the most important feature in a winter pack: how well it carries skis or a snowboard. TNF's Fly-Trap carrying system compresses skis (A-frame or diagonally) or board (vertically) amazingly close to your center of gravity. The result is excellent stability—which made me feel balanced and secure when I boot-packed up icy steps on Colorado's Loveland Pass.

2. The carrying system is backed up by a suspension that delivers solid support even when the pack is loaded to the gills. Dubbed the X-2 Suspension—an internal frame of aluminum stays crossed in an X—it provides great load control without adding much weight. Translation: On the way down from Loveland I hardly noticed I was wearing a pack, even while weaving through tight glades.

3. If one ski pack can do it all, this is it. Credit the versatile size: The 2,150-cubic-inch Patrol 35 is big enough for ski touring a hut system (which we did near Aspen) and compact enough for routine day trips (which we did all over). It's a bit cumbersome for riding the chairlift, but as our crew tested pack after pack, this one stayed in the rotation for everything else on the itinerary.

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