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The North Face Tree Hugger 32 Pack

It's a backpack made of wool. Need we say more?

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The Tree Hugger is a large daypack with enough capacity for a short weekend trip. Although a pack’s “coolness” factor might not serve much function in the wilderness, I received several compliments on the retro appearance while out on the trail.

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What really makes this pack worth a second look is its ecological coup. The ripstop wool is environmentally friendly, as are the 100% recycled webbing, mesh, foams, pack fabric panels, and reground plastic buckles.

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I took it out to test on the two trails that were highlighted in the September issue of Backpacker as top hikes in San Diego: Torrey Pines and Cowles Mountain. I’m happy to report the wool was not itchy or hot, despite my co-hikers’ concerns.

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This pack really is bare bones: no frame, no lid pocket, and no hip belt pockets. What it does have, however, it does well. All the straps are comfy, the back panel breathes well enough, and it has more good karma than any other pack I’ve tested.

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The Specs:
Weight: 2 lbs, 15 oz (Weighed on BP Scales)
Volume: 32 liters
Size: One size
Cost: $149
Thenorthface.com

Photos and Text by Will Rochfort