EXODUS DCF 55L | 3500 CI

(3 customer reviews)


Backpacker Magazine: Best UL Pack

WEIGHT: 18oz | 455gm
CAPACITY: 55L | 3500 Ci
LOAD RANGE: 20-25 lbs

We took our Backpacker Magazine awarding winning Exodus 55L – the lightest full-size, full-featured, frameless pack made – and we made an even lighter DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) version!

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EXODUS CF 55L | 3500 CI

Backpacker Magazine: Best UL Pack
WEIGHT: 18oz | 455gm
LOAD RANGE: 20-25 LBS | 9-12 KG


We took our Backpacker Magazine awarding winning Exodus 55L – the lightest full-size, full-featured, frameless pack made – and we made an even lighter DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) version!

2020 AWARD : Exodus Backpack #1
Top 10 Ultralight Backpacks of 2020

2022 Design Change: Stronger and more abrasion resistant. The rear main pocket is now solid matching fabric with lower corner drain mesh like the side pockets. Not shown in current pictures.

The Exodus CF is a professional level frameless backpack designed for serious lightweight backpackers. It’s a thru-hikers dream come true!

Adventure Alan: 2019 Best UL Pack
“The EXODUS DCF 55L is a staff favorite and has been on many of our trips. Tough, durable and nearly-waterproof with DCF fabric it weighs only 18 oz. As such, it’s the lightest pack in our arsenal with the single best volume/weight ratio — which says a lot when listed next to the other nine best packs on the market. ”

The main pack bag and outside pockets are the same size. The Exodus has a 5″ taller extension collar. Everything else is the same. The Exodus weighs about 1 oz more. The Exodus is offered in the M, L and XL torso sizes only. Choose the Exodus if you are a larger person (think XL synthetic jacket or XL Quilt) or plan on using it often in colder temps below about freezing where you may need a bit of extra volume for low weight but bulkier clothing or sleep gear. Over 6’2″ = Exodus. Over 200lbs = Exodus. Bulky Synthetic quilts + hooded jacket + insulated pants = Exodus.

NOTE: Optional hip belt pockets and shoulder strap pockets in Dark Grey DX 201d only.


• DCF Exodus is seam taped inside for better water resistance. A tube of sealer is supplied to use on the outside seams, stitching and barracks to add to the durability and water resistance. NOTE: It is not a full dry bag and not submersible.
• Roll top design secures into the integrated side compression straps. This helps stabilize the load significantly vs only a single over the top strap.
• Over The Top adjustable Y strap secures and stabilize loads and provides a secure strapping system to attach items on top of the pack.
• DCF version is the same size and constructed as the DX 210D Ripstop version.
• DCF fabric does not absorb water.
• Many internal DCF reinforcements are bonded to the body in high stress areas. Other areas are over-taped for even more strength.


• Curved Side Panels: A slight curve from the waist to the shoulders move the load closer to the upper back for more comfort. This creates a slightly larger main compartment higher in the pack that aids load control and natural hip rotation by moving the heavier gear up to reduces shoulder stress.
• S-shaped unisex comfort shoulder straps are 3″ wide X 0.8″ thick. SuperWick mesh lined with full-length highest quality 1/2″ EVA foam padding. Our shoulder straps are thicker and wider than other lightweight packs. Full length daisy chain accepts Shoulder Strap Pouches and add durability and strength. See SPECS  Tab for more info.
• Large padded lightweight DX 210D Ripstop hip-belt wings with 1″ webbing and lightweight buckle. Optional removable Hip Pockets can be attached. Hip belt wings are separate from the shoulder strap. Easy to cut off if no hipbelt desired.
• Large slanted side pockets are deep enough for a 2L Platypus or a taller 1.5L SmartWater bottle. Top bungee sleeves are DX 210D Ripstop for long term durability cheaper style wrapped tops of uncovered elastic bands. Pocket adjusts by pulling the bungee closed through the cord lock. Double Bungee cord is 1/8″ thick 40 below rated. Many packs simply bind over the top of the raw mesh with regular garment type elastic that loses it’s stretch in a few years and does not do well in deep cold weather.
• 8 bungee attachment web loops with 7mm glide rings for load compression and gear lashing.


• 10″ of black 1/8″ bungee cord. Can be used for strapping gear on the outside or adding compression to the pack body. (Not included in base pack weight)
• 2 mini cord clips and 3 cord locks (Not included in base pack weight)
• “Most Awesome Sternum Strap In The World” with Black Whistle-Lock Buckle 0.5 oz (Not included in base pack weight)

WEIGHT: 18oz | 5455gm
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 12″ Wide x 7″ Thick x 35″ High|| 30 cm Wide x 18 cm Thick x 88 cm High
MAX LOAD RATING: 25 lbs| 11.33 (Max recommended for a frameless pack.)

CAPACITY: 55 L | 3500 C|
TOTAL MAX VOLUME: 55L | 3500 CI (using extension collar)
TOTAL MIN VOLUME: 30L | 1800 CI (with compression bungees engaged)
SIDE POCKETS: 2.5L + 2.5L | 150 CI + 150 CI

BACK PANEL + BOTtOM: 5oz DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric)

COLOR: Black Only


COST: $18-36
WEIGHT: 1 oz (each) | 28 gms (each)

With our Shoulder Strap Pockets, you can easily add small gear and water bottle storage to your pack straps to keep it super handy. It’s the perfect use of extra space you didn’t know you had! Weighing in at 1oz | 28 gms, the Bottle Pockets is made of 4 Way Stretch Tough Mesh, closes tightly with a stuff sack style bungee top and fits most 12 oz to 32 oz. Also weighing in at 1oz | 28gms, the Gear Pocket is fully enclosed with a #5YKK water resistant zipper – Large enough for any phone or gps unit. Great for storing snacks, maps books, keys, water filtration drops, toilet paper, or anything else you might need to access quickly. Add one, one for each side, or one of each to your pack. Available in Stealth Grey only. MORE INFO


COST: $18-32
WEIGHT: 0.999 oz | 28.32117 gm

Our Hip Belt Pack Pockets give you little extra external pack storage, right where you need it! These super tough, waterproof, zippered pack pockets attach to almost any type of hip-belt, strap, pack daisy chain or pack side compression straps to give you easy to access, secure storage for phones, keys, cameras, and whatever else you want to keep close by. Available in Stealth Grey only. MORE INFO







TORSO LENGTH: 20 in | 51 cm
FITS: Approx. 5’6″ – 5’10” | 168 cm – 178 cm.


TORSO LENGTH: 21.5″ | 55 cm
FITS: Approx. 5’10” – 6’2″ | 178 cm – 188 cm.


TORSO LENGTH: 23″ | 58 cm
FITS: Approx. 6’3″ – 6’6″ | 190 cm – 198 cm.


• Torso lengths on MLD packs are measured from the bottom of the pack below the waist belt wings to the point where the shoulder straps attach to the pack.
• 95% of MLD packs users do best to go by our height guidelines
• Different pack makers and outdoor stores measure for torso length differently AND frameless pack are measured and fit differently than fully framed packs with large hip belts. DO NOT go to your local outdoor store (REI etc…) and “get pack fitted” and then select a size/length based on that measurement; it will be wrong!
• Use our height guide! If you need help deciding the right size – Please feel free to give us a call. (Please don’t order multiple sizes as a guess!)
• Test Fit You Pack Indoors after Receiving it – We are happy to exchange for different size or refund new/unused packs.

• If In Doubt – SIZE UP!

Q: Why doesn’t the DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) version weigh a lot less than the DX 210D Ripstop version?
A: The amount of fabric in the main pack body is only about 40% of the total pack weight. Mesh pockets, straps, 3D mesh on straps, shoulder & hip belt strap foam, and hardware accounts for the other 60%. The DCF we use is fairly tough and weighs close to the same as the Dyneema X and so the pack total weight is about the same.

3 reviews for EXODUS DCF 55L | 3500 CI

  1. Caroline (verified owner)

    SOLID-LIGHT – superb design and workmanship – WELL WORTH worth the investment. The Exodus CF 57 litre pack took 1 lb. off my base weight (now at 12 lbs.). In my experience MLD is a top notch provider of ultralight equipment. After a 20 mile overnight hike, pack at 19lbs (includes food, water, fuel) my Exodus pack was extremely comfortable and a perfect fit for my gear and expectations. I am 5’1”, 110lbs and a small size works perfectly. I would highly recommend MLD- a gear fabricating company open to your questions and will exceed your expectations.

  2. Slawek

    When I got my Exodus 55, I packed it with my gear and hope to hit the trail ASAP. I love this superlight pack. Weight, size, design and layout: All perfect for me. Thanks!

  3. Murali Chinnakonda (verified owner)

    Fantastic backpack. Exquisite workmanship – I have had DCF backpacks from other manufacturers where the stitch holes become larger with use – but not with the MLD ones.

    I have tried umpteen number of framed backpacks and have come to the realization that MLD Exodus/Prophet are the best when it comes to carrying 25 lbs using the hipbelt. The load is balanced beautifully over the entire backpack unlike framed backpacks where the load seems to be unconformtably sitting on your hips. That is you can feel the pressure on the hips. But not with the Exodus. I don’t feel any pressure on the hips or the shoulders. My typical load out is 23lbs with 5 days of food and 2L’s of water – train with 25 lbs. I feel that I can carry heavier loads if needed in a pinch for longer water carries or resupplies. Without the hip belt, I can carry 23.5 lbs without any issues – the shoulder straps are fantastic – wide with lots of cushioning.

    Furthermore, there are lots of attachment points to attach miscellaneous gear if needed. The side water bottle pockets are difficult to access based on how high or low you carry your backpack. I can sometimes access them and sometimes not. I typically carry the water bottles on my shoulder straps.

    In summary, one of the best frameless packs out there. Much better than framed backpacks in carrying weights of 25 lbs as I feel the frame somehow makes it less comfortable – also the hip belts on framed backpacks are too burly. Not so with Exodus/Prophet – hip belt is soft and pliant and supports the loads very well. The shoulder straps are excellent when not using the hip belt. I am glad I came across these backpacks. It is a pleasure to carry loads in this backpack. It is fun. No longer limited by my backpack. With MLD Exodus/Prophet, it is more of my fitness that limits me.

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