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The North Face tapped into the many guides at Alpine As­cents In­ter­na­tional to test pro­to­types over three-day trips on Mount Rainier in the US.

The North Face’s new Prophet 100 was de­signed for – and tested on – snow-capped moun­tain sum­mits. But ev­ery ad­ven­turer haul­ing a few days of sup­plies down a trail can ben­e­fit from the tech­nol­ogy that makes the Prophet not just supremely ca­pa­ble, but one of the most com­fort­able packs avail­able. The back­pack is light (2.58 kg ), and made from abra­sion­re­sis­tant and rip stop fab­rics that will last decades, but North Face wanted a pack that made even the ugli­est en­deav­ours eas­ier by fo­cus­ing on the fit, mo­bil­ity, and bal­ance, says prod­uct man­ager Alex Goulet. ‘It’s built for the ul­ti­mate suf­fer-fests.’ As in, car­ry­ing 60 me­tres of rope, ice axes, and a base camp, in­clud­ing the kitchen, into thin alpine air. The 100-litre alu­minium-framed pack (±R5 500) and 85-litre model (±R5 200) are the first to use The North Face’s new Dyno Carry Sys­tem, which lets users tai­lor fit with­out stop­ping or re­mov­ing the pack. A tab on the back panel ad­justs the pack’s torso length and how close the load sits to your body, which is nice for gra­di­ent changes. You can also ad­just the sideto-side weight dis­tri­bu­tion by pulling a buckle on the right shoul­der, if you loaded the weight to one side. And a bear­ing at the base of the pack lets the hip straps pivot up and down with your stride while keep­ing the weight sta­bilised.

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