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