The North Face Prophet 65 Pack

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The North Face Prophet 65 Pack -

"I might as well have this pack permanently attached to my back I use it so much. From cragging to burl-gnar alpine approaches, and even as a carry-on, this is my go-to pack. With the Prophet 65 I always find a way to make it fit." - Cedar Wright, The North Face®, Rock Climber Made with extremely rugged Dyneema fabric, this lightweight technical pack delivers high-volume comfort capable of hauling big loads. Our premier high-volume technical pack, the Prophet 65 is a feature-laden favorite among climbing and cragging enthusiasts.

Lining and Layers:

  • Double-layered, reinforced pack bottom


  • Pack fabric also features a weather-resistant PU coating for protection against the elements
  • Pack made with super-burly Cordura Bombastic fabric—the same stuff used to make auto airbags and bulletproof vests

Support and Cushioning:

  • E-Vap molded foam back panel and hip-belt provide cushioning and help circulate air so you stay comfortable
  • V-Radial tubular aluminum frame provides lightweight, rigid support for heavy loads


  • Generous new hood design with two zippered stash pockets


  • Light, sophisticated but bomber, V Radial™ tubular aluminum frame system

Weather and Wind:

  • From ice tools to backcountry skis, the tool-attachment loops and side adjustment straps carry your cold-weather adventure gear


  • Reinforced, external crampon pocket keeps your spikes handy and prevents them from damaging your other gear
  • Large, reinforced, easy-access crampon pocket


  • Revised pack opening more easily accommodates ropes and other technical gear
  • The Prophet 65 expands to provide over 600cu inches (10L) of additional space for extended expeditions
  • Hypalon® reinforcement wings
  • The North Face Summit Series
  • SuperFabric® reinforced tool-attachment zones
The all-knowing and all-powerful oracle you seek only resides in the most extreme, most remote, and most inaccessible locations on Earth. And while The North Face Prophet 65 Backpack won’t provide you with the motivation to take the next step on your journey, it will house all of your alpine gear so you can hike, climb, and ski the rugged terrain that separates you from your destiny.
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The North Face Prophet 65 Pack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

The prophet is a standout climbing/mountaineering pack, no doubt about it. The fabric is durable and light, the features are well thought out, and the frame/suspension is sturdy. I am a die-hard M.H. fan when it comes to mountaineering gear, however I went with this pack over the South Col. (mainly for monetary reasons - I was able to get the Prophet much cheaper). Needless to say, I am bias to the M.H. alpine packs. With that said, here's my two cents; the prophet has a 300 denier fabric throughout the pack, which is the perfect balance of durability and weight. This pack contains 3 side compression straps which can be a bit busy at times, but does add more functionality to the pack. The frame of the pack is ridged enough which makes for good sturdy weight transfer. Nice features include the designated crampon pocket in front, extension skirt, huge side pockets, and piece of mind.. this isn't one of those packs you have to baby. Here's what I don't like; the padding on the backpanel, hip belt, and shoulder straps could be a few more ml's thick. I understand that mountaineering packs typically have streamlined padding because assuming you will have several layers on while climbing, you dont need 5 inches of padding. Nonetheless, this one could use a bit more. The hipbelt is not removable, which is a nice feature when you are pushing for the summit and have a harness/rack on. Lastly, one comparison (if I didn't find the Prophet cheaper) that would've made me lean towards the South Col., the full wrap compression of the South Col. M.H.'s design of the compression straps not only being on the sides, but also on the front is a great feature that I use all the time in my other M.H. alpine packs. You can strap a set of snowshoes to the front of the pack, and still have the compression straps on the side for pads, tent poles, ice pickets, etc. Overall, there are plenty of options out there for a large volume mountaineering pack, but this one is one of the better ones.

BW at on 08/22/2012


Story: I bought the North Face Prophet 65, size M, color red and black, about two months ago (March 2013). I tried it out at home, fully loaded for a few weeks. I just took it out for a first trip when the day temperature reached 90 degrees. I chose to keep this pack after trying on and returning many others. I chose this pack for its fit, its simplicity, its sharp and manly color scheme, and its light weight.
Fit: The medium size fits my 20.0" torso rather perfectly. The waist belt fits my 33" waist nicely with about 3-4" of gap in the front. The lumbar padding could be more beefy, but is comfortable enough with 25 to 30 pounds. The shoulder straps are just the right thickness for comfort. The pack carries well on the trail. The height allows for my head to turn freely with a wide-brimmed hat.
Simplicity: The pack is superior to others because it does not fool around with mesh stretch pockets (which stretch out or sag over time and snag on everything), with side zippers, with a sleeping bag compartment, with adjustable (and hence always loose or loosening) waist belt and shoulder straps, or with other such nonsense. I deliberately chose a "climbing" or "winter" pack over a typical "summer" pack because of the minimalist features.
Color: The black, red, and gray color scheme provides a classic visual contrast. It's like a work of art, really. The red hides the dirt and wear better. The lighter yellow will just look dirtier over time.
Light weight: For the volume and the padding, the weight is lighter than the competitors. Plus, the pack still closes and looks good with the half-pound lid removed and left behind. The fabric is truly sturdy. The seams are sturdy. The frame is superb to the other packs I tried, especially beating out the single stay frames.
Overall: I think the pack is a great balance to allow both lightweight quick trips and extended treks.
Happy Trails.
Christophe at The North Face on 05/15/2013

My wife and I each bought one of these packs for a ski trip on the Führer Finger on Rainier. We were looking for a pack which could handle the heavy loads of our overnight gear and climbing gear on the approach and which could comfortably carry skis and minimal gear on summit day. This pack fit the bill extremely well and we were super impressed with its performance. When shopping, we also purchased the Arc'teryx Arrakis 65 and Osprey Atmos 65. The Arrakis doesn't compress at all when mostly empty, and the Atmos cannot handle skis. The TNF Prophet, however, does both extremely well. Even when the pack is mostly empty, the A-frame carry for skis is very stable and the skis don't flop around much at all. The frame sheet (back panel) is simple to remove and re-install, and the same goes for the pack's lid. We shed both on summit day to trim the pack's weight. The crampon pocket worked really well. On the approach, the pack handled 50 to 60-lb loads better than expected and remained comfortable. I have only two complaints about this pack: 1) There are no dedicated pockets for avalanche gear as on the Arrakis; 2) The material is more fragile than packs I've used in the past. When setting the pack down on the trail (nothing sharp or out of the ordinary), I tore a hole in the bottom of my pack during just its second trip (later in the summer), so I'll have to exchange it with I'm 6'1", 160-lbs, and the medium fits me. My wife is 5'4", 115-lbs, and the small fits her.

CincyBearcats at on 09/09/2011

Great Frame, light, but belt is so-so, color rots

I tried on a bunch of backs, and this was one of my favorites. The frames is very rigid and supports a lot of weight, very well. It is very light weight at only 4 pounds (less if you leave off the top). The belt is ok, good material, but needs just a bit more of something to help put the weight more on the hips. It did the job, - might be designed for slimmer folks. The color just plain is awful, feels like I am back in the 80's..... Yet, this bag is close to being perfect. I hate heavy packs, or packs with swishy frames, or wimpy ultr-light packs... this frame is so close to being perfect...but still falls short..
kiloroger at The North Face on 04/22/2012

The prophet is not of this earth

This technical pack is a man among boys. I have taken this on several hikes, most notably for a week on the AT trail in Maine, and it has held up wonderfully. The material is lightwieght and extremely strong. I agree with a previous comment that when it is packed to the hilt that the weight rides very well. The only improvement I would recommend is a little more padding on the shoulder straps. After a few days on the trail, they start to dig in a little bit. Overall, a very solid product.
ozzie8021 at The North Face on 04/20/2012

i have used the prophet line since 2006 and i must say, it did a great job in getting all the stuff i want in long expeditions. the bad side i had with it though was the material that connected the shoulder straps to the xframes. although it promised a bouncy feel on heavy loads, it snaps after some time of use so don't overload it... what i did was i had the material changed to cordura (still covered by warranty) and voila... it's now indestructible...
i'll upload some photos of that bag soon...

kat at on 11/06/2011

Bomber Pack

This thing is huge, it carries a load perfectly, and it's hardcore rugged. I just used my Prophet 65 for 3 days in Indian Creek and it exceeded my expectations. I fit all of my gear in the bag along with extras from other climbers. Somehow, the design made the load feel less than it actually was once I had it on my back. I've already put it through lots of bangs and scrapes and everything is holding solid. Couldn't ask for a better pack.
cesky12 at The North Face on 10/23/2013

This is a very large pack that will hold everything you can throw into it, with many side straps for extra gear that didn't make it inside. Lots of great adjustment straps make this an easy to fit to make perfect. I've had several long and abusive trips with this pack and it's held up great thanks to the durable Codura. Be aware this is not the lightest pack out there, but might be the one the lasts the longest.

Brett Pelletier at on 12/02/2013

Best pack for multi day adventures, used it from a 3 day trip to a 3 week trip and it works well with both. pretty easy to throw skis on, plus its got an exterior crampon pouch so your spikes dont mess with your down gear. In cold weather Ive noticed that the buckles like to break pretty easily though, not a bad idea to carry extras.

John Collinson at on 05/19/2012

I've used this pack all over the world on countless expeditions...hands down my go-to backpack!

renan ozturk at on 05/09/2012

Negative Reviews:

shoddy material

I trust North Face, and usually use different items, jackets, sweatshirts, backpacks, but unfortunately I bought this backpack in October, and I used in a tourist trip, the fabric feels very flimsy, broke into many seams.
The problem is, I lost the invoice, and the warranty does not work.
I have pictures for send.
galleguillojm at The North Face on 02/28/2013