The North Face Solaris 35

This pack moves with you.

Brand: The North Face Gear Reviews

Model: Solaris 35

[best mobility]

With a tall, narrow packbag and svelte shoulder straps and hipbelt, this pack excelled when testers needed maximum freedom of motion—like when stemming through slot canyons in Utah. “I carried about 35 pounds through some tight squeezes,” says one tester. “Arm movement was excellent and I could stand up straight, even with a full load.”

A stiffened backpanel surrounded by an aluminum frame effectively transfers weight to the dual-density hipbelt (with firmer foam outside for structure, and cushy foam inside for comfort). Unlike stripped-down climbing packs, it has ski, pole, and gear-racking loops, sleeping pad straps, daisy chains, and even a detachable camera/GPS pocket. “Gear swapping was a breeze,” wrote one tester after toy-intensive winter hikes in the Smokies. Caution: Don’t overload it; stability suffers if you max out the extendable top lidVerti-Cool™ back panel + PE sheet + Panel loader + Large main compartment with organizer + Lower zip
compartment with trampoline divider + Front stash pocket + 3-point side compression + Hydration compatible
+ Large zip side pockets + Tool loops + Trekking pole loops + Side water-bottle pockets + 3-point waist belt

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