North Face Iron Peak

Named af­ter moun­tains, built for the city.

APC Australia - - Contents - Troy Cole­man

Af­ter lov­ing the rugged and func­tional Re­con, and then the beau­ti­fully de­signed (yet some­what quirky) Ac­cess pack a lit­tle while ago, we’ve now dumped our day-to-day cartage into the The North Face’s lat­est com­muter of­fer­ing, the Iron Peak.

And the con­clu­sion we’ve ar­rived at is that the brains over at The North Face’s prod­uct de­vel­op­ment depart­ment re­ally do kinda know what they’re do­ing.

Crafted from 210D Cor­dura rip­stop ny­lon, the Iron Peak fea­tures one pri­mary 28L cav­ity for the bulk of your carry. Touted as suit­able for 15in lap­tops, we ac­tu­ally had no trou­ble sneak­ing in our 17-inch MacBook Pro di­nosaur. Just in front of the lap­top pocket is the or­gan­i­sa­tion sec­tion, fea­tur­ing sub­pock­ets of vary­ing sizes for your mis­cel­lany, along­side a fleece-lined slot for a tablet. We just liked putting our hands in it cause it feels so de­li­cious.

The out­side of the Iron Peak fea­tures a sin­gle quick ac­cess zip­pered — and again de­light­fully lined — pocket for your phone/glasses/ hands, as well as stretchy water bot­tle pock­ets flank­ing each side.

Loaded up and twos­trap­ping, the Iron Peak car­ries re­ally well. It sits sur­pris­ingly high and tight to the body given its length, which keeps it out of the way of your back-end ac­tion­sta­tion dur­ing those quick plat­form changes or a cy­cle com­mute. Weirdly, com­fort ac­tu­ally in­creases the more stuff you cram into it. That’s larely due to the fan­tas­tic back panel, spine chan­nel and in­jec­tion-molded straps. It’ll be a tough task to top this as a day-to-day car­rier.

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