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Plenty of space, all-season versatility, and a fully adjustable suspension system make The North Face Crestone 75 Backpack much more than a sack for your junk. Climb, ski, and ice axe loops make this pack just as useful for alpine endeavors as for your first solo backpacking trip of the summer. The options for the Crestone 75 are about as limitless as the number of trails out there.

  • Opti Fit system uses a tool to measure your torso length, and then lets you adjust the shoulder harness to fit your exact size for uncompromised comfort as you climb or hike
  • EVAP back panel keeps the pack’s shape and prevents a sweaty back with its soft, breathable mesh
  • Soft, preformed shoulder straps lock the pack on your back with the help of an emergency-whistle sternum strap
  • Dual-pivot hip-belt puts the load on your legs and moves with you as you traverse a lifetime of trails
  • Side zippers let you access your rain gear and snacks without spilling the whole pack
  • Internal and external compression straps eliminate dead space and help carry a sleeping pad, skis, or climbing gear
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  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

First used this pack for a 4 night, 5 day pack trip in Owl/Fish Creek canyon of Utah 4 years ago. Performed well. Pocket arrangement could be arranged better.... but the more pockets; the more weight one would add. Pack loaded on this trip was 45 pounds. Just got back from several days at 12,400 ft. elevation in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. Comfort and balance were great. I worry about strain on shoulder straps at top, but so far stitching looks great. Arrangement of gear in this pack is personal preference, but will carry more than one can bear on a long haul, rugged trip. I like it better than the metal frame Jans Sport I used years ago in Alaska. Age is 72 and still going strong. This pack will out last me.

Shoulder straps are terrible

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This backpack is a nice looking backpack...I wish there were more compartments built into this pack. Also the side water holders are very difficult to reach when the pack on your back. The major con I have with this Crestone 75 is the comfort of the shoulder straps...I could never get the adjustment correct on them...I have worn many packs in my time but this one is not comfortable at all to me... A pack should not be hurting your shoulders only 6 miles into a long hike. I am going to return this product and find another pack with more options built into the pack....

Broke the second day

    This backpack is clearly attractive in design and good in price. But it is undoubtedly a faulty design. The shoulder parts broke after two days of travelling! When I lifted the backpack the second day I heard a crack noise and one side of the shoulder part was half broke, the next day, the other site started cracking.

    Great, I had 3 months travelling before me! When the damage happened on the second day, I took pictures and sent it to the North Face Store where I bought it and asked about the guarantee. I never got a respond.

    After my adventure I went directly back to the official North Face Store with the backpack. Although they promote "lifetime guarantee" they told me, that in this country you only have 3 month of guarantee (!!!) and no cash back. They sent the backpack for inspection to a centre and promised me to call me back as soon as the investigation comes to a result. They never call me so I went to the store. The store manager simply said: "yeah, it was a defect in material” and offered me a new Crestone bag. I refused because as a Product Engineer I am 100% sure that this product doesn't lack in material but in construction. It is simply bad designed and not made for transport heavy (normal) stuff.

    Pretty disappointing, also the guarantee North Face "promises" is purely marketing, read here from their regulations about their "lifetime" warranty etc. It's simply not true:

    Here, what is written about the "guarantee" of North Face

    "Q2: What does "lifetime" mean?
    Our products are covered under warranty, to the original owner, for the lifetime of the product.

    Unfortunately, this does not mean your lifetime. Your The North Face® sleeping bag may not survive to the ripe old age of 70. "

    This is like a punch in the customer’s face. They wouldn’t even provided me guarantee after 3 months.

    And if you don’t see exactly this review with pictures of the damage on the official North Face Website (, they might have deleted it. Only positive product reviews are accepted! Consider this before buying a North Face product.

    Broke the second day

    That loop in between the shoulder straps are what you need to grab when you pick up your bag. I've seen too many backpackers make the mistake of picking up heavy packs by the shoulder straps and breaking them, too... Sounds more like user error than a construction or material problem. I've used The North Face Crestone 75 pack at least once a month for 4 years and I have never had an issue with anything breaking.

    Decent pack

      Good straps on the side work well for a modified a-frame, there is too much material in the back padding construction for my taste...however it does let air escape nicely. There is a shovel pocket on the back but its not reinforced, and very small so I don't use it much. Overall it seems nice although a little pricey.

      Awesome pack!

        I have the 07 version of this pack. It has been great so far. Dragged it through Canyonlands, the fabric shows no signs of wear, it looks brand new. I have taken this pack on 7 week long trips and a few weekenders. A few of them have been winter mountaineering trips with tons of gear, but it always has enough room, yet compresses down small enough that it doesn't look or feel bulky for a quick weekend trip. Definitely worth the money, this pack does it all and looks great.

        does the top of this bag unhook to carry...

        does the top of this bag unhook to carry personal items to?
        i saw some packs where the top of the pack can turn into a smaller pack, does this one do that to?

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        Is this backpack water resistant? I was...

        Is this backpack water resistant? I was really liking the Terra 65 but then i found out that it is really not water resistant at all, and actually tends to soak up water like a sponge. So i thought i would ask the same question of the Crestone 75 in terms of water resistance?

        Unanswered Question

        According to the North Face website, the...

        According to the North Face website, the medium Crestone 75 is 4600 cubic inches, but this says the medium is 4300 cubic inches.. which one is it?

        Okay, I'm trying to decide between this...

        Okay, I'm trying to decide between this pack or the Osprey Argon 70 (narrowed down to two earthy colors I like). I like the styling and price of the Crestone. I like the features and color of the Osprey.

        My question in particular is about the three loops down the back of the Crestone. What to people typically attach or daisy chain here, and is it really useful? It's one little feature I like on the Crestone 75, but just wanted to know if it's really even necessary.

        How is The North Face when it comes to comfort of the frames and hip belts?

        And overall, which pack (of the two) would you say is best?

        Thanks Phil, I am now proud owner of the Argon 70. It was close, I almost bought the Crestone on the spot since I was able to try that one right in the store (they had other Osprey packs to test, but not the Argon). Got the Argon cheap online at Moosejaw. I'd say the front panel access kind of tipped it in Osprey's favor.

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        Will this bag be compatible with a 5L (170...

        Will this bag be compatible with a 5L (170 ounces) bladder?

        *I'm interested in the new 2010 version of the bag, so I'm posting this question here as well.