The North Face Slackpack 20L ReviewAugust 25, 2014
- Uncomplicated for those lunch hours when every second counts
- Sleeves for avy tools help maximize what room it has
- Barely enough space for a water bottle, let alone skins
- Design didn’t feel fully functional during testing
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 North Face Slackpack 20L is a minimalist sidecountry pack for quick laps when you need only the essential gear.
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