User Review: The North Face Crestone 75
Design: top loading internal
Number of Pockets: none?
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $0
I work for a outdoor gear purveyor and this pack was given to me to try out. The model I tested was a 2010 pre-production model. I have been told that the webbing problem I had will be corrected on production models. This report is a portion of the report that I sent TNF.
I am 6’2” about 220 lbs. I have a long torso. The pack was fully adjusted to its longest torso length and fit me just fine. The hip belt was comfortable and the only comment I have is that the hip belt straps were long enough for someone who weighed 450 lbs. Just too much strapage there and it will be trimmed for future hikes. The hip belt was comfortable, and easy to adjust. I liked it.
The shoulder straps were comfortable and easy to adjust. The only complaint was that the webbing was too thin and got twisted very easily. The shoulder straps also seemed to slip a bit over time, I think because the webbing is so soft and thin.
The actual sack was easy to access and had plenty of room for the new lighter bring less guy that I have become. I will end up trimming the axe loops off for the future and a few other unnecessary straps to save weight. The access zipper on the backside of the pack was nice but I never used it.
Nothing broke and the zippers held up fine although it was only for 4 days. I liked the way it carried and hugged my back. I might even like it better than any of my DANA packs. (OK that was hard to write). The load transfer was fine and my hips felt nothing. I was about 30 lbs for 4 days although on the first day the weight went up a bit for the last mile as I carried about a gallon of water for a mile. The pack felt fine.
The only thing I did not like was the way the lid attached to the pack. I liked the Dana way better. TNF the lid is never really attached to the pack and when delving into the pack depending on what buckles you undo the lid can get flopped around and twisted. I hope you understand that. If not give me a call.
Oh yeah the water bottle pockets were a bit difficult to access when the pack was on. It could be done but there was a learning curve and it was harder to access if I was tired.