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There isn't a  pack on Earth that makes hauling sixty pounds up a mountain a joyful experience. The North Face Matthes Crest 72 is about as close as anyone has come to accomplishing this feat. The North Face gave the Matthes Crest its most advanced harness system, the Opti-Fit X, to provide you with the best fit and load distribution without sacrificing ventilation. With only five points of contact with your body, there's plenty of room for air to circulate on those long, sweaty peak-bagging treks.

  • The North Face Opti-Fit X fit system lets you control shoulder and hip-belt settings for a perfect fit along with lots of ventilation
  • Articulating X-Radial frame is strong, light, and stable
  • Comes in two torso sizes, and harness adjusts for fine-tuning
  • Top load with panel-access zip makes the pack easy to load, easy to organize, and easy to balance
  • Removable lid allows you to drop pack weight when it's unnecessary
  • Ski loops specifically designed to comfortably carry your boards
  • Tough 70D geo ripstop and polyurethane-coated nylon for weather resistance
  • Multiple external pockets for quick access to essentials
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Great first outing.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Handled over 40lbs of gear and rode great while in snowshoes. Most comfortable pack I've used for 35+lb loads.

I'm 5'10" and 180lbs and the small/medium pack fits me great.

Great first outing.

Nice Pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this pack during a 6 day 35+ mile hike through the Cloud Peak Wilderness in June 2013. The pack weighed in at 54 lbs completely loaded. It was necessary to play with the "Opti Fit X" a little bit, but once the clasp was properly locked, the pack remained solid for the entire hike. I purchased a rain cover for the pack as I knew Cloud Peak would be moist, however, I was caught off guard by a light sprinkle that quickly turned into a torrential down pour without the cover in place. The pack material did a fantastic job at shedding water and keeping the interior contents dry.

I used the lid as a day pack during some short side hikes, but it was necessary to get creative in securing it to my back or waist as it does not have a build in strap system. The lid had plenty of room for snacks, essentials, and a few liters of water.

The pack was quite comfortable considering the weight I carried and the material held up great against the abrasive rock surrounding the lakes.

The picture shows the pack against a log, the lid is hanging on a nearby tree holding 3 liters of water, snacks, and essentials.

Nice Pack