I’ve been using the The North Face Casimir 27 for a year, and it’s one of my favourite lightweight packs. It tips the scales at 787g, so it isn’t the absolute lightest option, but with those few extra grams comes a great deal of extra mountain-friendly performance. The gender-specific Optifit back system is adjustable in length by raising the shoulder straps panel. The back system gets top tensioning straps and a very wide hipbelt that can be removed if preferred. The back panel is stiffened to prevent badly packed items digging in, although it tends to bow a little just above the lower back if not fully packed with gear, which is a bit annoying. The main compartment is made from a lightweight ripstop nylon and there’s a good amount of space inside for the stated capacity of 27 litres. Three stretch stash pockets on the outside plus the two compression straps on each side provide a very workable solution to stashing jackets, bottles and poles outside the main compartment. There’s a single-buckle on the lid that’s very quick and easy to use, while the outside pocket on the lid is a couple of centimetres too small to be perfect but you can just about squeeze a map in. The two pockets on the The North Face Casimir 27’s hipbelt are also a good size, so the relatively large Satmap GPS receiver that I like to use fits inside easily with space to spare.
Capacity 27 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets? yes
Hydration pocket? yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes S/M, M/L
Women’s back sizes S/M, M/L
The slight flex above the lower back isn’t ideal and like many lighter-weight packs scramblers need to take a little more care of it, but for lighter-weight hillwalkers the The North Face Casimir 27 is a great option that’s highly recommended.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014