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  • Breathable air-mesh shoulder straps and trampoline mesh back panel offer cool comfort; adjustable torso length and adjustable cam-buckle hipbelt help ensure a precise fit
  • 2-piece, T6 aluminum frame increases flexibility and support for loads up to 50 lbs.; minimized distance between your back and the pack body improves load control
  • Foam panels over the lumbar area dampen and diffuse load pressure
  • Top-loading main compartment is covered by a floating top lid; separate zippered access to the sleeping bag compartment at the bottom of the pack
  • Hydration sleeve and tube port accommodate a reservoir of your choice (sold separately)
  • Multiple pockets, including hipbelt pockets, side mesh pockets and a security pocket with key holder, provide easy organization and access to snacks and often-used items
  • Features multiple compression straps, reflective accents, 2 tool keepers and 9 lash points


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Best Use Backpacking
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L) 65 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 3,967 cubic inches
Weight 3 lbs. 9 oz.
Weight - Metric 1,615 grams
Adjustable Torso Yes
Fits Torso
18 - 21 inches
16 - 19 inches
Fits Waist/Hips Up to 43 inches
Material(s) Ripstop nylon
Frame Material Aluminum
Number of Stays 1
Pack Access Top / bottom
Number of Exterior Pockets 8 + main compartment
Sleeping Bag Compartment Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A decent pack. I had the opportunity to use this pack during a trek to the Adirondacks a few weekends back. I've just started hiking recently and wanted to take it on a test run. Short answer: It makes the cut. Light and durable material, breathable back mesh, sturdy structure, plenty of pockets and laces to hang tools and supplies off of. The only thing I wish it had was a larger pouch in the back; squeezing a jacket in is possible with a full pack but that's about it. Even so, the pack is a great buy for a reasonable price.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Pack I loved the pack overall. I loved the feel and fit of the pack and the hip belt was super comfortable. My back stayed cool and dry because of the way the pack is designed not to rest directly on your back. I also loved the design of the various pockets, the front zip pockets and also the front area behind those front zip pockets that allows you to stow things (jacket or poles, etc) for easy access without opening anything. I definitely recommend this pack! Especially for short backpacking trips or trips where you don't need to carry all of your gear including a tent, sleeping bag and pad, stove, etc.
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This pack was perfect for my mountaineering expeditions. I recently put this pack to the test for my recent mountaineering expedition at Mt. Rainier and I was very impressed with how it held up for such strenuous climb. The only thing was that it required a bit of gracious to pack it but it can be attributed to shape of the dynamic aluminum frame. I would definitely recommend it though.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid overnight mountaineering pack I recently took a Banchee 65 on an overnight mountaineer and snow-camping trip up Mt. Rainier and was pleased with its performance. Although pack sizes are provided in liters, there's not great standardization between brands, so I was nervous that it didn't look much bigger than my 35L pack, but there always seemed to be more space when I needed it. The exterior looks fairly clean, but the side mesh pockets carried 2 large water bottles, a snow picket, and tent poles. There's room under the two outside pockets to put a set of crampons. An ice tool (or two) can be easily attached to the outside using one of the gear loops on the bottom with the corresponding elastic cord clip directly above. I also got my mountaineering boots lashed to the bottom compression straps. It's a pretty durable pack. I expected to see some battle damage from carrying the ice picket and crampons, but the pack came home good as new (even the mesh pockets). This seems like a small detail, but the straps for tightening the waist belt are rigged so they have 2:1 leverage. This is really nice if you're taking your pack on and off with some frequency, particularly if you're also wearing a climbing harness and heavy gloves. It also just shows the general attention to detail you're hoping for in a piece of technical gear. For one to two nights of winter backpacking or mountaineering, the Banchee 65 is a good choice. If you were going light in the summer, you could probably backpack with it for quite a bit longer.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack! I love this pack. I used it on a 5 day trip along the Rogue River Trail and a 6 day section of the CA PCT. This is my 2nd internal frame pack. I have used external frame packs since the age of 14 with the exception of a 2 year period with a MNT Smith in the early 90's. Since I am getting old, I needed to cut down on weight and needed better comfort so I decided to upgrade with some new fangled technology. I chose this pack over others because I like the different compartments and other sites gave it a high comfort rating. The reason I always stuck with external frame packs is that not only did it make me look like an old timer, but everything can be separated neatly and that makes finding my 30 pounds worth of stuff much easier. I found the pack fits well with my body and I carried a 35-40 pound load with ease. That made the last two trips much more enjoyable. My long time backpacking buddy trudged along with his old external frame pack and longingly looked at me with envy. I had much more energy after a long day on the trail because my pack was comfortable and I hiked pain free for the first time in years. I wish they had another color option. I told him he couldn't get the same pack because we would look like a couple of nimrods walking down the trail like twins. No more sore shoulders for me!
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Back packing Of all the back packing I've owned over the last 50 years, the north face backpack is by far the best, lightest and most versatile backpack. I plan to use it on my trip to "el Camino de Santiago in Spain this year.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good. Feels unbalanced but works. First, I thought it would be bigger. It lacks semetric straps for top compartment attachment. You have to hunt for clips and straps to secure top to base. Where you expect a strap to be, it's not, even though it's sister strap on the EXACT opposite side. I continue to think something was missed in assembly or built incorrectly. As a result, weight is not latterly balanced. At night, it required packing and repacking to balance. Even empty the CG is off.
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good pack, poor buckles I have been a loyal customer of TNF products for many years. I have bought so much clothing, coats, equipment, backpacks, that my friends think I have a problem. I have always believed in the quality and reliability. So needless to say, I was excited about putting this new backpack to use. When I received the pack, everything looked to be good quality and it had a lot of features. I packed it up, and headed out for a 5 day backpack trip in the Olympics. On the first day, I was packing things up after a break on the trail and went to tighten up the main center load strap that compresses the top down. The buckle broke. I then noticed how much smaller these buckles were compared to ones I am used to seeing on other TNF backpacks. The plastic also seemed to be too brittle. I had to hike the rest of the trip with a loose load that was really awkward. I brought the pack home, and replaced the buckle with an aftermarket one. I went out on a new trip, and experienced another broken buckle on one of the straps that hold down the top lid. I am disappointed with TNF product designers that went to cheap on these materials that are regularly used and need to be reliable.
Date published: 2017-01-08
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Does this fit a bear canister easily?

Asked by: eferree
​This pack will fit a bear canister.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27

Is this the 2017 model?

Asked by: Gmoo
As of May 2017, this is the latest model.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-03

Is this pack waterproof, or will I need to purchase a rain fly separately?

Asked by: STM123
This pack is water resistant, not waterproof. Here is a link for rain covers:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08

Does the hip belt detach from the pack and can it be used with the floating lid to make a day pack? Is the torso length adjustable to fine tune the fit?

Asked by: kkman
The hipbelt is not removable and the lid is not intended to be used as a fanny or daypack. However, the shoulder harness is adjustable via a rip-and-stick pad located behind the mesh back panel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08
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