The TNF Patrol Pack has been a staple in the TNF backcountry backpack offering from the late 1990s on. Until the TNF Patrol Pack was introduced, most backcountry skiers carried their skis in the traditional A-Frame style by attaching the two skis to either side of a pack and binding the tips together using a variety of devices including bungee cords, duct tape, etc. The innovation that the Patrol Pack introduced was the ability to carry ones skis mounted parallel to each other straight down the back of the pack. This improved balance by keeping the weight centered and the ends of the skis away from ones legs while climbing. If you remove the utility pod, then this pack becomes a climbing pack with volume large enough to hold climbing gear on an approach hike. The original pack was redesigned as part of a larger redesign of all of TNF's backpacks and led to the 2000 design. The 2000 Patrol Pack design is the first year with the MSA2 backpanel and the last year with the picnic basket.
- Dynamic X-Frame Suspension is designed to integrate with the back and flex with the body during movement.
- Carbon Composite Stays are 40% lighter than aluminum - though the squeaking sound they make takes some getting used to.
- Maximum Surface Area (MSA2) Backpanel provides comfort and support by shaping to fit individual back contours. This really just means that it's semi-detached from the pack, only attached at the sides and bottom.
- Aerofoam backpanel with breathable wicking mesh to keep you dry and comfy.
- Backcountry "Norpod" utility pod includes an X-bungee system, a zippered crampon pocket, and an avalance probe sleeve.
- Durable DuPont 420 Denier High-tenacity nylon-lightweight and tightly woven for water and abrasion resistance, and is twice as strong as regular nylon.
- Hydration compatible: contains bladder sleeve, hose port and storage.
- Adjustable sternum strap
- Rope compression strap under lid
- Haul handle
- Double daisy chains on both pack and Norpod utility pod
- TNF Lifetime guarantee