"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.
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.
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 BC.com. I'm 6'1", 160-lbs, and the medium fits me. My wife is 5'4", 115-lbs, and the small fits her.
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...
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.
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.
I've used this pack all over the world on countless expeditions...hands down my go-to backpack!