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Gear Review: The North Face Angstrom 30 Pack

Updated on November 27, 2012
The Angstrom 30 backpack from The North Face
The Angstrom 30 backpack from The North Face | Source

From Carry On Luggage to the Hiking Trail, the Multipurpose Angstrom Backpack

The Angstrom 30 pack from The North Face is a responsive mid size daypack that is perfect for travel, hiking, and lightweight overnights.

Though I have a wall of packs, I purchased this one this one to use as a travel pack - something lightweight and multipurpose. I needed something I could fit into the overhead compartment as carry on luggage, and then hit the trails with it when I landed.

This pack needed to be durable enough to put up with my abuse, yet light enough for pleasant days on the trail. I wanted a pack that screamed simplicity, yet offered an advanced pack design. I wanted a pack of seeming contradictions and I found it with the Angstrom.

This review reflects several months of various uses for the Angstrom 30.



The exollite back panel is supportive and breathable
The exollite back panel is supportive and breathable | Source

Pack Specifications

Manufacturer: The North Face

Model: Angstrom 30

Torso Sizes: 1 size

Weight: 2 pounds 3 ounces

Volume: 1,830 cubic inches

Fabric: Ripstop Cordura nylon and ultralight 210T ripstop nylon

Dimension: 21" x 13" x 8"

MSRP: $119.00


The official North Face rain cover on the Angstrom is an added bonus that comes with this pack.
The official North Face rain cover on the Angstrom is an added bonus that comes with this pack. | Source

Pack Features

  • Hydration compatible
  • Airmesh hip belt which stows for travel
  • Exolite breathable back panel with enhanced lumbar support
  • Giant stash pocket for keeping a jacket
  • Includes pack rain cover in zippered pocket
  • Side water bottle pockets that hold a Nalgene perfectly
  • Safety whistle on sternum strap

The stowable hip belt is a nice feature for converting this pack for urban and airline travel.
The stowable hip belt is a nice feature for converting this pack for urban and airline travel. | Source
Here I am hiking with the Angstrom pack.
Here I am hiking with the Angstrom pack. | Source

Field Testing the Angstrom Pack


Carry-on:

Though roller bags are all the craze, anyone stuck behind someone wrestling with one down the narrow aisle of a plane, realizes why these wheeled wonders suck the life out of those around you. It is likewise difficult to throw your boxy carry on container on your back and take an impromptu hike with it.

You could always bring another daypack with you, but in this age of ever increasing airline fees, the less baggage the better.

I took this pack with me on several flights when I was doing disaster relief work for Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Away from home for over a month, I relied heavily on the Angstrom as my every day pack to carry my essentials.

Hiking:

I usually go hiking a couple times a week and this pack has quickly become my favorite daypack. I load the Angstrom with basic survival gear, an extra layer, snacks, and a couple quarts of water.

There are times I load the pack with additional water bottles and whatever else I can find in the trunk of my car for additional training weight.

Ultralight Overnight Camping:

Though at a hair over two pounds, the Angstrom is a little heavier than some of my stripped down ultralight packs, it is still lighter than many of the options for daypacks on the market. Again, this was part of the multipurpose nature of the pack. It was small enough for carry on, but large enough to carry my gear for a quick backpacking trip.

I am a lightweight backpacker, so I loaded up about 13-pounds of food, water, and camping gear in this North Face selection for a couple of overnight trips on the Finger Lakes Trail.

Trail Work:

I've been volunteering with the Adirondack Mountain Club to do some trail work down in Allegany State Park. We are marking the border between PA and NY and need to get tools and signs deep into the woods.

With a machete clipped on one side, the Ten Essentials inside and a saw dangling from the gear loops - we went to clear brush. The thing about trail work, is that it is too mobile to take your pack off all the time. So, you end up hacking and sawing with the pack still on your back. I figure if Luke Skywalker could do somersaults with Yoda on his back, I could saw a log with a pack on mine.

You just need a pack with a stable and comfortable suspension. Luckily, the Angstrom doesn't shift while contorting your body in this form of trail building yoga.


The organizational system of this pack is impressive.
The organizational system of this pack is impressive. | Source

A North Face Daypack in Review

Is it comfortable?

The suspension on this pack is insanely comfortable for a standard day hiking load of 10-15 pounds and bearable up to 30 pounds. Past 30 pounds, it tends to strain a bit; however, I'm not sure why you would want to carry that much weight.

The flexible Exo-lite back panel has good air circulation and supports the load without the stiffness of traditional internal frames.

The breathable air mesh shoulder straps and hip belt have multiple adjustments and have no problems supporting the weight of the pack. I was pleased that the hip belt performed so well given its stashable nature, as it simply folds back under the lumbar support for air travel.

Is it durable?

Though I was apprehensive about the lightweight nylon fabric, I've been dragging this pack all over the place and it is holding up nicely. Though some products from The North Face are designed for the urban traveler, this backcountry bag is well made and reinforced in all the right areas.

I still wouldn't take it canyoneering or through thick thorns - I have a feeling the lightweight fabric may not last too long.

How is the organization?

Though lightweight packs often scrimp on various pockets and dividers, the Angstrom has multiple nooks and crannies for organizing your hiking gear.

Save the bladder sleeve, there are no pockets in the main compartment; however, that sleeve holds my net book perfectly and securely. The secondary compartment is punctuated by a zippered pouch and two small Velcro pouches. I am surprised by the lack of a padded goggle / sunglasses pocket, but I usually carry them in a case anyway.

On the outside of the pack, there is huge stash pouch that is perfect for storing a wet tent fly or fleece jacket. I've used the external bungies to carry a sleeping pad, though they also offer compression to the pack when near empty.

For those hikers like me that like to keep things within easy reach, there is a mesh pocket on the waist belt that is big enough for a small camera or energy bar.

How about the water bottle holders?

Since Camelbaks and other hydration tube systems emerged on the market, it seems like pack manufacturers are paying less attention to the external water bottle holders. Surely, sometimes I use my hydration bladder, but I generally prefer the flexibility of a bottle.

First of all, I've used my 2 liter Camelbak bladder with the Angstrom with no issues. The bladder pouch and clip stabilizes the potentially sloshy bag of water and the central port accommodates the hose well.

The North Face constructed the bottle pockets out of stretchy spandex-type material that holds water bottles firmly in their place. I often carry two 1-liter wide-mouth Nalgenes in the side pockets; so far they haven't fallen out.

In Review:

Though I purchased the Angstrom 30 as a carry on travel pack, it has quickly become my favorite daypack too. Its lightweight durable construction and supportive structure handles hiking loads with ease.


This page © Copyright 2012, Daniel Human

Looking for a Larger Pack?

In case you are looking for a larger pack, check out my full review on The North Face Terra 35. This is the pack I use for my search and rescue 24 hour pack.

4 stars for The North Face Angstrom 30
North Face Angstrom
North Face Angstrom

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    • Outbound Dan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Human 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Thanks Shesabutterfly!

      When it is time to look for a new daypack, gather up what you usually carry and take it to a local outfitter. Stuff your gear in various packs until you find the one that is most comfortable and useable for you. I've never had a problem with packs from The North Face, but there are a lot of fantastic brands out there.

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      Cholee Clay 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great review of the Angstrom 30 pack! When my fiancé and I can start hiking again I will definitely be purchasing a pack like this:)

    • Outbound Dan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Human 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Once North Face sends me a pack, I'll send one to you!

      Ospreys are the bomb, I love my Atmos for big trips. I think for a midsized pack, the Angstrom isn't bad.

      Thanks for reading CC!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! Can you send me one of these? ;) I have been relying on my Osprey pack that I've had for around 15 years. But, when I'm in the market, I know where to come for a reference. :)

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