User Review: The North Face Crestone 75
Design: top & side loading
Size: 85 liters
Number of Pockets: lots
Max. Load Carried: 50lbs - not on extended hikes though
Height of Owner: 6'4"
Price Paid: $177
I really like this pack. Keep in mind it is the 1st serious pack that I have owned, however my good friend paid $368 for an Osprey Argon 85 (which is really, REALLY sweet) however for the difference in price I would definitely go with the TNF Crestone.
I got the large (I am 6'4" 160#'s) and it fits pretty well, I kinda wish it was longer. The EVAP (or whatever they call it) is pretty cool it's foam w/ holes in it and a central chimney. (the Argon definitely LOOKs like it's foam molding would be more effective but that is just LOOKS.)
I will say that the large is definitely 85 liters and it is HUGE! I love it, I can fit so much stuff inside it it makes you sick.
Ss for using it on day hikes to the crag, it compresses really well so even without all my camping gear and just the climbing gear it is still really comfortable. It holds stuff really well and I especially like the double trash bag closure on the top. Easily holds 60 meter rope, full set of draws, harness, shoes, extra coat, hammock, food, essentials, and has tons of room to spare. (probly throw a whole trad rack in as well!)
I am having some trouble w/ the removable floating hood/daypack. It comes off easy enough but am having some trouble figuring out how it becomes a daypack...I called TNF and the gave me the warranty dept's info but I have yet to call them (they said i might be missing a strap which they would happily send me free of charge, GREAT SERVICE BTW!)
The "survival/signal" whistle DOES NOT WORK WHATSOEVER...which is really minor to me in the long run.
Really like the two "stretchy pockets" on the front for holding like a jacket/guidebook/whatever
BRASS TACKS: I did a lot of research and for the price I am really happy with this pack.
I kind of wish I had gotten the Osprey but I am glad I have the extra $180! (to go back and do it again I would still buy the TNF Crestone).