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The North Face Slackpack 20L

- published August 2014

80

2014

RATINGS

Comfort & Fit
7
Ski & Snowboard Carry
6
Features
7
Weight
8
Durability
7
Value
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
80

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$99.00
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THE GOOD

  • Uncomplicated for those lunch hours when every second counts
  • Sleeves for avy tools help maximize what room it has
  • THE BAD

  • Barely enough space for a water bottle, let alone skins
  • Design didn’t feel fully functional during testing
  • THE VERDICT

    The North Face Slackpack 20L is made to fill a role in a quiver, not to satisfy multiple needs. I’d rather put $99 toward a more versatile pack that can be used both for quick laps as well as longer missions. I did take it to Africa, however, and it made an excellent day travel pack.

    FULL REVIEW

    Comfort/Fit
    The waist belt strap on The North Face Slackpack didn’t cinch tightly, so the pack rode a little loose. The pack wasn’t the most stable in the test.

    Ski/Snowboard carry
    Straps on the bottom of the Slackpack’s side-carry system lacked the width necessary for some fat skis. The snowboard straps—which could be used to secure fat skis flat to the back of the pack—are well reinforced, however.

    Features
    The North Face Slackpack’s goggle pocket felt tight—some goggles barely fit—and the zippered compartment inside that pocket proved to be a waste of space since the main compartment itself was already too small. I did appreciate the quick-stow straps for gloves or a hat on the shoulder straps

    Weight
    With only 20 liters of volume, the Slackpack was as light as I’d expect from a slim minimal pack.

    Durability
    The North Face is known for durable gear, and the Slackpack lives up to that reputation—save for the zipper pull that ripped off on my third use.

    Value
    The North Face Slackpack 20L serves a purposed, but generally, skiers would be better off buying a more expensive but also more versatile pack

     

    How We Tested It

    I tested The North Face Slackpack 20L while ski touring in the Tenmile Range of Colorado.

    The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

    About the Author

    Devon O'Neil

    Devon O'Neil

    Devon O'Neil is a writer based in Breckenridge, Colorado.


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    MSRP
    LOW PRICE
    $99.00
    N/A
    Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

    RATINGS

    Comfort & Fit
    7
    Ski & Snowboard Carry
    6
    Features
    7
    Weight
    8
    Durability
    7
    Value
    5
    GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
    80

    Specs

    • Gender: Unisex

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