A new pack designed for fast and light backpacking, the The North Face Casimir 27 is built around a gender-specific back system that is adjustable in length: shoulder straps can be raised up the pack. The back system gets top tensioning straps and a very wide removeable hipbelt. There is just about enough stiffness in the back to prevent poorly packed items from digging into you, as well as reasonable padding and a flexibility to allow the pack to hug your back comfortably. The body uses lightweight ripstop nylon and the main compartment feels pretty large for the stated capacity of 27 litres. Outside the main compartment you get three stretch stash pockets and two compression straps, which work well together for placing gear such as jackets on the outside, plus dedicated pole attachment points. The lid is a single buckle design with an external pocket. The Casimir is ideal for hillwalking and superlight backpacking trips, although if scrambling its fabric may not stand up to abuse as well as packs that use heavier materials. Some packs have more airflow across the back and are even lighter, but the TNF Casimir 27 is superb for most hillwalkers wanting a practical and lightweight design.
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 size S/M, M/L
The North Face’s Casimir 27 is hard to fault except on price, this pack is ideal for general hillwalking and lightweight backpacking; but others may be better for scrambling and there are lighter options.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013