The North Face’s Flight Series has several items of interest to lightweight backpackers. One standout is the new Skareb packs, available in 40 and 55 liter sizes (2,450 and 3,050 cubic inches). While we may tend to label TNF gear as too bombproof for lightweight backpacking, the Skareb is a real exception.
The Skareb 40 is a cutting edge lightweight backpack from The North Face, part of their Flight Series of lightweight outdoor gear.
TNF really gets it right with the Skareb’s feature set. The frame is a perforated HDPE sheet and lightweight 7075 aluminum X-stays. The suspension features E-VAP, a perforated firm foam for lightweight and good ventilation. The frontpanel has a large mesh pocket and a nicely designed bungee system, and each side has a large zippered easy reach pocket. The left pocket holds a rain cover which is included with the pack.
The Skareb’s backpanel side showing its wide, firm shoulder straps and hipbelt and use of E-VAP perforated foam padding for improved ventilation.
Specifications and Features
Manufacturer: The North Face (www.thenorthface.com)
Style: internal frame, top loading, drawcord closure with top pocket
Sizes: S, M, L
Fabrics: body is 70d ripstop nylon, stress areas are 210d ripstop Cordura nylon, 420d nylon
Weight: 40L model is 2 pounds 10 ounces, 55L model is 2 pounds 15 ounces (size M)
MSRP: Skareb 40 is $149, Skareb 55 is $159
"The North Face Skareb 40 and 55 Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/north_face_skareb_backpack_orwm06.html, 2006-01-30 03:00:00-07.