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Object Title: Stamina

Manufacturer: The North Face

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Page By: cluck

Created/Edited: Sep 28, 2002 / Sep 28, 2002

Object ID: 489

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A large, technical expedition pack by The North Face


- X-Frame™ Suspension mirrors the natural movements of the body in motion, providing a lightweight and efficient full suspension that comfortably carries heavy pack loads

- Carbon fiber stays are 40% lighter than aluminum and feature an engineered flex profile for optimal performance during movement

- Redesigned shoulder straps and hipbelts comfortably carry heavy loads

- Maximum Surface Area (MSA2) backpanel evenly disperses pack load for uniform contact over the entire surface area of the back

- Breathable aerofoam backpanel wicks moisture away from the body to keep you dry and comfortable

- Independent suspension backpanel connects the backpanel to the pack via two strips of stretch Cordura® to allow the suspension to stay conformed to the user rather than the pack load

- New 420D Enduratek is highly abrasion resistant and durable to withstand the abuse of backcountry travel

- Detachable daypack for a short day hike around camp—fully removable for minimalists

- Integrated rainfly guarantees a dry pack in a downpour

- New Orca lid prevents items from falling out even when zipper is left open

- Clear map pocket under lid to see lid contents

- Side access zipper to get into pack without detaching the lid

- Sleeping bag compartment isolates bag in bottom of pack; separation panel on inside

- Tool loops, cargo straps and side compression straps

- Side water bottle pocket

- Hydration compatible: contains bladder sleeve and hose port

- Double base fabric for reinforcement



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mt_daydreamUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I've been using the Stamina 70 for three years now. I find it extremely useful for (upto) 3-4 day trips, including alpine ascents. Here are some of the features:

1. very sturdy and VERY comfortable. After a little use, the backpanel pretty much mirrors your bodyshape - helps a lot when carrying heavy loads. I also found the waist and shoulder STRAPS extremely easy to use (i.e. adjustable) and highly comfortable.

2. backpanel is highly breathable and absorbs a lot of moisture to keep your back dry.

3. the material can take a lot of rough use - I've used it for really rough bushwhacking and didn't see any sign of it on the backpack.

4. comes with its own RAINFLY - I found this feature extremely useful. It keeps the bag dry in wet conditions, and the fly can be conveniently pushed into its own compartment.

4. pretty large sleeping bag compartment - can be opened up to join the main compartment too.

5. side zip goes all the way down (till above the sleeping bag compartment) - gives easy access to things that are even low down (but on one side only).

6. other features - see-through compartment to keep maps dry, ice axe loops (and a few extra loops to tie gear onto), hydration compartment, smaller compartment (with velcro closure) to store valuables, easily accessible compartment on the top (can open/close it when having the pack on).

Some minor drawbacks:

1. the detachable DAYPACK is too SMALL - especially for alpine ascents (I usually take the entire pack with me to the summit). In fact, I usually leave the daypack at home and never use it (unless I want to carry extra stuff that didn't fit inside the pack).

2. water bottle pocket is there on only one side. Another one (on the other side) might've been useful to carry a snow picket - I usually keep the picket in the water bottle pocket (and through the side compression straps) - so that I can take it out easily just by pulling it, and at the same time, the picket will sit snugly in the bag.

Overall, I love my Stamina 70, and can see myself using it for quite some time from now!! Considering the features, it is worth its price of $270 (I got it for $100 less though - watch out for deals on campmor.com!).
Posted Dec 15, 2004 4:04 am

AlpinistDesign flaw

Voted 2/5

This pack is very comfortable and stable, even under a heavy load. However, after only 2 trips, the internal metal frame tore right through the bottom of the pack on both sides. The metal rods are sticking out of the bottom of the pack through 2 canvas straps that are suppose to support it.

A friend of mine has the same pack. I bought mine primarily because he raved about his for 2 years. Ironically, he encountered the same problem that I did right after I bought my pack. This is obviously a design flaw. We both had our packs restiched and reinforced on the bottom. TNF did this at no charge.

Although the pack is designed for a large load, it is better suited for mid to light weight loads. It will probably serve you well so long as you don't over-weight it, and you don't bang it around too much. I put duct tape on the outside bottom of the straps to help prevent it from wearing through again.

I agree with the previous reviewer about the detachable pack. It is too small to be of any value.
Posted Jan 29, 2005 11:54 pm

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