PROPHET DCF 48L | 2900 Ci

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WEIGHT: 17oz | 430 gm
CAPACITY: 48L | 2900 CI
LOAD RANGE: 18 – 25 lb | 8 – 12 kg

The Prophet CF 48L | 2900 CI is the Black 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 | 430 gm
CAPACITY: 48L | 2900 CI
LOAD RANGE: 18 – 25 lb | 8 – 12 kg

2022 DCF All Black Color Only

The Prophet DCF 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 17 oz, this pack is sized for modern ultralight and super ultralight backpacking.

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.

One of the most supportive and cushioned hip-belts in any true UL frameless pack, wide S-shaped unisex comfort shoulder straps + curved side panel makes 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 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 –

SIZE NOTES: MED and LG have have wide 3″ shoulder straps and full size padded hip belt wings with 29″ minimum girth. Small has 2.75″ straps and slightly narrower fully padded hip belt wings with 27″ minimum girth. If you are over 6’3″ you will need the Exodus XL.

The main pack bag dimensions and outside pockets are the same size. The Exodus has a 5″ taller extension collar. The Prophet weighs about 1 oz less. The Prophet is available in a size Small, but not XL. The Exodus is offered in the M, L and XL torso sizes only. Those are the only differences. Choose the Exodus if you are a larger person (think XL synthetic jacket or XL Quilt) or plan on using it in colder temps where you may need extra room at the top to pack for lightweight extra volume clothing or sleep gear.

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


• DCF Prophet 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 an ultra 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: 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


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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