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PROPHET DCF 48L | 2900 Ci

(3 customer reviews)


Let it Guide You.
WEIGHT: 17oz | 482 gm
CAPACITY: 48L | 2900 CI
LOAD RANGE: 18 – 25 lb | 8 – 12 kg
The Prophet CF 48L | 2900 CI is the grey DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) version of our super popular, Prophet 38L | 2900 CI. At 14.5 oz, this pack is sized for modern ultralight and super ultralight backpacking. It is also an exceptional alpine attack style climbing pack!

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Let it Guide You.
WEIGHT: 17oz | 482 gm
CAPACITY: 48L | 2900 CI
LOAD RANGE: 18 – 25 lb | 8 – 12 kg

SIZE NOTE: MED and LG Burns have have wide 3″ shoulder straps and full size padded hip belt wings- 29″ minimum Girth. Small Burns have 2.75″ straps and slightly narrower fully padded hip belt wings. 27″ minimum girth.

The Prophet CF 48L | 2900 CI is the grey DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) version of our super popular, Prophet 48L | 2900 CI. At 16.5 oz, this pack is sized for modern ultralight and super ultralight backpacking.

With one of the most supportive and cushioned hip-belts in any sub 16 oz frameless pack, S-shaped unisex comfort shoulder straps, and our new curved side panels, this is a pack you can wear all day in comfort.

Let the Prophet DCF guide you on your next big adventure.

Award: Best Frameless Pack
“Our writers and editors own multiple frameless packs and we think the Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Prophet is our favorite frameless pack. It weighs about a pound, is very well made, customizable, and has perfect volume for multi-day, lightweight adventures.” – 2019 TREELINE REVIEW

“The Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet is a featherweight frameless backpack designed for experienced ultralight travelers and thru-hikers. This pack is simple and strong, keeping weight to an absolute minimum for those looking to crush miles.” – 1 of the 10 Best Lightweight Backpacks of 2019 –

NOTE: Optional hip belt pockets, shoulder strap pockets, and pack lids are available in Stealth Grey only.


• DCF version is seam taped inside for better water resistance. Keys areas are also liquid seam sealed. It’s not as water resistant as a dedicated River Style Dry Bag but does a good job of rain protection. Use of stuff sacks inside encouraged, but there is no need for an additional pack liner or rain cover.
• DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) is a little stiffer material making is a bit easier to load.
• DCF version uses a roll top design integrated into the side compression system for simplicity.
• DCF version does not have the bottom volume reduction loops, hydration ports or inside hang loops
• DCF version is the same size and constructed as the Dyneema version
• DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) does not absorb water: The pack has slightly fewer straps, so it will weight 1- 3 oz less when wet in prolonged rains.
• The White colored DCF makes the interior brighter to help locate gear in low-light.
• We love the awesome white color!
• DCF version uses a double-thick lower back panel in DCF + DX 210D Ripstop for abrasion resistance.
• DCF version uses the same EVA padded shoulder and hip belts.
• DCF version weighs slightly less


• Curved Side Panels: A slight curve from the waist to the shoulders moves the load closer to the upper back for more comfort. This also creates a slightly larger main compartment higher in the pack that helps load control by moving the heavier and higher packed gear higher to reduces shoulder stress.
• S-shaped unisex, ergonomically designed comfort shoulder straps are 3″ wide and SuperWick mesh lined with full length foam padding. These are the most comfy straps on any 14 oz pack! These very comfortable shoulder straps and are super tough. Size Small 2.5″ wide.
• Shoulder straps have full-length Daisy Chains to mount water bottle and gear pouches.
• One of the most supportive and cushioned hip-belts in any sub 16 oz frameless pack. Padded SuperWick Mesh lined waist belt hip-belt wings with 1″ webbing and buckle. Adjusts from about 28″ to 45.”
•Volume reduction bottom system: Two clips and spectra loops connect to reduce volume 30% for day pack use and small loads.
• Hybrid Mesh/DX 210D Ripstop Side and Rear Pockets. The leading edge of the side pockets are DX 210D Ripstop to prevent snagging when moving through the bush. The lower 5″ of the rear pocket is DX 210D Ripstop to prevent abrasion from sharp contents or butt sliding accidents. The 4 oz sq/yd open hole non-stretch drains fast to allow contents to dry faster than a tight stretch mesh or solid fabric. DX 210D Ripstop elastic top sleeves for long term Durability and elastic replacement.
• Slanted side mesh pockets are deep enough for a 2 L Platy. Pocket top bungee sleeves of DX 210D Ripstop for long term durability. Pocket adjusts by pulling the bungee closed through the cord lock. Many lower priced 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 stretch in deep cold weather.
• Dual ice axe/trek pole loops.
• Main pack area is large enough for a solo bear canister vertical or horizontal depending on how you pack your sleep pad.
• Removable multi-position “Most Awesome Sternum Strap In The World” with Black Whistle-lock Buckle 0.5 oz (not included in base pack weight
• Side V compression straps with full strength buckles.
• Long shoulder straps terminate in hand/finger rest loops.


• 10″ of black 1/8″ bungee cord
• 2 mini cord clips and 3 cord locks

WEIGHT: 17oz | 482 gm (External bungee and sternum strap not include in base weight)
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 12″ Wide x 7″ Thick x 30″ High|| 30 cm Wide x 18 cm Thick x 75 cm High
MAX LOAD RATING: Strong enough for 50 + lbs but 25 lbs| 11.33 (Max recommended for a frameless pack to be all day comfortable.)

TOTAL MAX VOLUME: 48L | 2900 CI (using extension collar)
TOTAL MIN VOLUME: 19.6L | 1200 CI (with compression and bottom volume reduction system engaged)
SIDE POCKETS: 2.5L + 2.5L | 150 CI + 150 CI

BODY: 3oz and 5oz sq/yd DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber)
BACK PANEL: 3oz DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber)
COLOR: Grey/Black Only


WEIGHT: 2 oz | 57 gm

If you think you’ll need a little more storage, our UltraLight Pack Lid instantly adds 200 – 400 CI of fast access storage to our ultralight lidless packs. Available in Stealth Grey only. MORE INFO


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: 18 in | 46 cm
FITS: Approx. 5’2″ – 5’6″ | 157 cm – 168 cm


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 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 about the same as the DX 210D Ripstop and so the pack total weight is about the same. The DCF packs are seam taped inside for more water resistance.

3 reviews for PROPHET DCF 48L | 2900 Ci

  1. Jeff Borne (verified owner)

    This is my 4th MLD pack and WOW !!!
    After a 45 mile weekend on the PCT (maiden trip) – this pack will quickly become my go to for everything.
    My kit base weight is 10.5 lbs and loaded with food and H2O 18ish lbs.
    Rides like a cloud on your back.
    Thanks Ron & MDL for building such outrageous gear.

  2. Eric Stark (verified owner)

    This is a beautifully made pack….except for the tight side pocket design. My base weight is just under 10 lbs. When fully loaded for a week it’s very difficult, or even impossible, to access a water bottle while walking. If you can live with your water bottle on your shoulder strap, or have a good friend to always grab it for you, I recommend this pack. Otherwise, I would wait until the side pockets are modified for easier access.

    (MLD NOTE: The 2020 side pockets are a bit bigger!)

  3. Ben

    Great pack. Just took it out for a week. Simple, no frills, thoughtfully designed and extremely well-constructed. I took it into the office to show hiking colleagues. Very glad I purchased this.

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