Tag: The North Face

Long Term Review: TNF Ice Project

Long Term Review: TNF Ice Project

With winter finally here, I dug through my pile of packs to put the more useful ones on top and came across a favourite from last winter — The North Face’s Ice Project. After a few months of use I’ve come to like this pack even more than I initially did. […]

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014 is still going on but I’m already home due to a very tight schedule this summer. With only two days to spend on the show floor it was a whirlwind tour, but here are the highlights from the show. Full report coming later next week. For ease […]

Field Tested: TNF Verto 26 review

Field Tested: TNF Verto 26 review

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: The North Face of the 2010’s is making a strong comeback as a premium outdoor brand with gear that is well designed and nicely executed. I continue to be very pleasantly surprised at their products, especially those in the Summit Series […]

Alpine Pack Comparison: 20-35L Range

Alpine Pack Comparison: 20-35L Range

This is a quick comparison of a few packs in the 20-35L range. I’ll compare their relative size, tool attachment options, and weight. I have not had a chance to use the Alpha yet (it arrived yesterday) and I have only a few days under the Ascensionist: stay tuned for […]

First Look Review: The North Face Banchee 50

First Look Review: The North Face Banchee 50

Well, this is a first for The Alpine Start: an exclusive review of The North Face’s new Banchee pack. I’m super excited to have gotten a chance to use this pack for the last couple of months, and to bring you this review. Please note that as a prototype pack, […]

OR Summer 2013: Backpacks

OR Summer 2013: Backpacks

I have yet to find the perfect pack: I currently have around a dozen hanging in my garage, and none of them have all the features I’d like. Thankfully (or unfortunately) there’s a new crop of packs to choose from, come spring/summer 2014: Patagonia’s new Ascensionist packs will come in […]

First Look: The North Face Casimir 36

First Look: The North Face Casimir 36

I have to admit I never thought I’d own a product from The North Face. Back in the day, they made great, cutting-edge clothing and gear. At some point, someone somewhere realized more money could be made catering to the masses in pursuit of ‘wilderness chic’ instead of making specialized […]