Explicitly created for high-altitude climbs, the Prophet 65 is The North Face's premier lightweight alpine assault pack for big loads and lots of gear. A light, V Radial aluminum frame system provides support while a foam-molded back panel and waistbelt ensure comfort. Alpine tools are easily stored on the A-frame ski carry system and in the durable crampon pocket.
The North Face Prophet 65 Pack. Our premiere technical pack-athlete-tested in the most demanding mountain conditions possible.
|Adjustable Torso Length:||No|
|Capacity:||Small: 3800 cu. in. / 62 liters Medium: 4000 cu. in. / 65 liters Large: 4150 cu. in / 68 liters|
|Climbing Gear Loops:||2|
|Dimension:||28 x 16 x 11.5" / 71 x 40 x 29 cm|
|Extended Volume:||5200 cubic inches / 85 liter|
|Frame Sheet:||Yes, Perforated|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||no|
|Ice Axe Loops:||yes|
|Material:||Cordura Bombastic nylon (315D)|
|Number of Pockets:||2|
|Pack Dimensions:||Medium: 28" x 16" x 11.5" / 71 cm x 40 cm x 29 cm|
|Pack Style:||Internal pack|
|Pockets:||1 external crampon, 2 lid stash, 1 internal|
|Primary Access:||Top Access|
|Recommended Use:||technical pursuits, high-alpine adventures, mountaineering|
|Ski / Snowboard Carrier:||yes|
|Ski Carry:||yes, adjustable|
|Sleeping Bag Compartment:||no|
|Support / Suspension:||V-stay frame|
|Trekking Pole Loops:||no|
|Volume:||(s) 73 L, (m) 78 L, (l ) 85 L|
|Weight:||Small: 4 lbs / 1810 g Medium: 4 lbs 1 oz / 1840 g Large: 4 lbs 3 oz / 1900 g|
|Weight [with packaging]:||Medium: 3.9 lb, Large: 4.05 lb|
|The North Face Prophet 40||$116.35 - $196.00|
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...
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.