The North Face Spire 33

To be fair this daysack has features more suited to the high mountains, so the lack of a ventilation system is unsurprising. The lid is removable as is the hydration housing, to reduce weight. There is a small snow lock extension at the top of the pack to help prevent the weather entering. The front of the pack has facilities to hold ice axes with a pick pocket at the base. The back system is fully adjustable with a chest strap and a hipbelt that sports gear loops for climbers. But the buckles on the pack pockets are awkward to use – unfeasibly so with gloves on – and although the removable lid has a snow lock extension, the size means it would be pretty ineffective. It doesn’t have a ventilated back system either.


Manufacturer’s capacity: 33 litres
Trail tested capacity: 29.5 litres
Materials: Sabre 6, 420D ripstop nylon, Sabre 12
Features: adjustable padded back system, removable lid, lid pocket, removable hydration housing, compression straps, pick pockets
Weight: 1600g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 46; Wales 3; Scotland 3; Ireland 2

Verdict: Buy it if you want to look the part and performance is not top of your list of priorities.