Remaining one of the lighter packs in our review, The North Face Banchee 65 utilizes our main tester's favorite pack design in regards to the pocket use and location, as well as general organizational features. Our testers loved its two back zippered pockets and stretchy "beaver tail pocket" that we thought was perfect for oddly shaped items like camp sandals or… a Frisbee. The zippered hip belt pockets also proved to be above average and could easily fit a few bars or most point-and-shoot cameras. The Banchee, despite its light weight, was extremely supportive and could handle heavier loads more comfortably than most of the other packs we tested and proved itself on 10+ day mountaineering traverse in the North Cascades with more than 50 lbs of weight, fantastically.
The North Face has updated this backpack and it is now hydration compatible. In addition, the new model has revised style lines and updated stretch-mesh. Scroll down for a more detailed comparison of the new Banchee 65 vs. the older version.
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