The North Face Spire Packs

Posted on: August 1, 2005

MSRP: $80-$120

Kudos to The North Face for coming up with a great-fitting pack geared specifically for technical climbing. The Spire is available in 30, 33(w's), 38, and 45 liter capacities, so you can find what you need for both cragging and alpine routes. I am definitely a pack critic and often carve off fluff with my knife, but I have lugged this one up many peaks as is. I have filled it with an Indian Creek rack for the day, and the thing just keeps on giving. It is pretty much everything I am looking for in a good, simple pack design; light, top loading, minimal bells and whistles, but super functional details.

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