2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on

Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

Gear Review: The North Face Conness 70/65

This adjustable pack from The North Face provides all-day comfort, even with a heavy load.

by: Nancy Bouchard

The North Face Conness 70 (Photo by Ben Fullerton)
The North Face Conness 70 (Photo by Ben Fullerton)

“This is the best-fitting pack I’ve ever used,” said our tester after hauling it on a bevy of summer trips. He suffers from sensitive shoulders due to old bike and snowboard injuries, and reports that with the Conness, he had a rare pain-free carry. All other testers agree: The Conness nails comfort. Credit the Opti-Fit X system, which allows easy fine-tuning of the suspension. Just flip it open and adjust the three buckles—one in the center changes torso length (16 to 19 inches) and two behind the lumbar pad modify the length of the plush hipbelt wings—to find the ideal positioning on your hipbones. “We had a grueling 13-mile uphill section at the start of a seven-day trip in Colorado’s San Juans, but even with 50-plus pounds on my back, I never felt any irritation,” one tester reports.

The notable load support comes from a rigid framesheet that’s reinforced with an aluminum “X” stay: It flexes with you to better balance the load as you move, but transfers weight to the hips. Plus, the angled pack bottom prevents sagging and directs the load directly to the backpanel, which has dense foam cushioning with molded triangular air channels that facilitate airflow. Testers applauded the packbag layout, with plenty of well-placed pockets and ample access via zippers along the bottom and front panel. (Note: Access is hindered when ice axes or trekking poles are lashed on.) Extra credit: The removable lid doubles as a hip pack. Ding: The sloped bottom makes it difficult to prop upright. The 65 is the women’s version, and an 82-liter version is available for hikers with even bigger plans. $299; 5 lbs. 12 oz. (S/M); 70 liters; 2 sizes each for men and women;

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Address 1:
Address 2:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -


Your rating:
Your Name:


My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Posted On: Sep 01, 2014
Submitted By: CajunHiker
Trailhead Register
New random photo thread.
Posted On: Sep 01, 2014
Submitted By: Echo

View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions