A truly versatile bag for many occasions, The North Face Litus 32 is strong, capable and cavernous!
Out of the box – Key Statistics
- Size – S/M & L/XL
- Weight – S/M 879gms & L/XL 936gms
- Volume 32 litres
- Shell A 100D nylon, Shell B 210D gen weave nylon
- Colours – Zinc Grey/Macaw Green, Acrylic Orange/Power Orange, Quill Blue/Moonstruck Grey
- Mesh back panel
- Deep zipper access to main body
- External face pocket
- Internal security pocket
- Two tool keepers
- Hipbelt pockets
- Webbing lash points
- Hydration sleeve
- Rain cover included
As the name suggests the bags has a 32 litre capacity which is quite on the large side for a daily commuter bag, but that’s not what it is designed for. At a minimum its an overnight bag but its really at its best as a fast pack bag when you have a reasonable amount of camping kit to haul over two or three days or more. I have used it many times as a daily commuter bag and it works but due to its larger size the temptation is to dump in more gear than you actually need into its enormous vault, something you want to avoid when you are run commuting unless like me at the time you were using it as weight training for Comrades, but that’s another story.
It has a unique opening design – it opens via a zip around the bag as opposed to the conventional draw-cord at the top of the bag. That does need a little getting used to but like everything, once you have the knack it becomes second nature. Initially I did question the logic of this opening method, but it is a superb piece of design because you can access kit from anywhere deep in your bag. That means you can load your bag as you wish and still easily access any of your gear on the move without the usual ferreting around and unloading you would do with the conventional set up.. genius!
The pack has a well designed waist belt with pockets for keys, phone, wallet etc . Again, going with the slightly unconventional nature the zippers are in reverse to what you are used to so pulling away from you as opposed to towards you.
In terms of bag weight this is not the lightest bag around but it makes up for it with an array of key features. There is a hydration sleeve that allows you to take a conventional water reservoir and hose (feed through onto either arm). Inside webbing pocket to store valuables away from the main compartment. An outside sleeve that is handy for keeping wet waterproofs stowed and safe. The chest strap moves up and down to give you the optimal fit. The cushioned back is well designed to fit the body and is comfortable when the pack is fully loaded but also allows plentiful breathability so that you back doesn’t become overheated.
But the main use of this bag is for overnight trips. I have been able to carry a one man tent, sleeping bag and mattress plus cooking stove and provisions, waterproofs, head torch etc and still have some room. Strong, versatile and cavernous!
I was provided with this pack from The North Face and all the views are my own.
All photos copyright – Ian Campbell Photography