The North Face make no-nonsense, well thought-out products and the Hammerhead pack takes advantage of being designed around trail runners as well as cyclists.
A frame with mesh backing supports the pack and holds it away from your back for ventilation – perfect for sweaty summer riding. A slight downside is that you lose some pack space, although at 12 litres, there is still plenty of room.
Externally there are two pockets – sized to take water bottles – one deep open pocket that’s good for a pump or similar, and LED mount, and both waist and chest straps. The waist strap could do with being thicker, but the chest strap is perfect – even having a magnetic patch for the hose to stick on, instead of waving around irritatingly.
There are three pockets for the bag – one for the bladder, a main pocket perfect for clothing and longer tools like pumps, and a smaller organiser pocket with straps and zipped pockets for all your gubbins. The bladder is a simple 3 litre affair with removable hose and lockout.
|Brand||The North Face|
|Dimensions||45 cm x 25 cm x 18 cm|
|Additional Bag Features||Internal pockets Mesh Pocket|
|Features||Molded E-VAP backpanel with airflow channels and E-VAP airmesh shoulder harness|
|Strap Features||Mesh Lining Padded|
|No. of Pockets||5|
|Reservoir Features||Nalgene Odourless Wide Mouth Opening|