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The North Face Women's Matthes Crest 68 Backpack is not only a multi-day pack, it's a multi-season pack as well. Unlike most large trekking packs, the Matthes Crest has ski loops that are designed to carry your boards with stability over varied, uneven terrain. The Matthes Crest also features The North Face's most advanced harness system to allow you to carry large, heavy loads comfortably over just about anything.

  • The North Face Opti-Fit X for a perfect fit and lots of ventilation
  • Next-Gen X-Radial frame is strong, light, and stable
  • Size-adjustable women-specific hip belt and harness
  • Comes in 2 torso sizes–XS/S and M/L
  • 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 pockets for easy organization and quick access
  • Dedicated sleeping bag compartment keeps your bedroom away from the rest of your gear
  • Multiple external pockets for quick access to essentials
  • Reflective elements to make you more visible in the evening
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Besides the color are there any technical...

Besides the color are there any technical differences between a men's and a women's pack? Could they be used by either sex?

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Women's specific packs are generally designed with narrower shoulder attachment points, smaller waist belts, possibly a differently shaped lumbar support, shorter back length, differently place chest strap, and other possibly modifications. There are obviously certain people who might be more comfortable in a pack designed for the opposite sex (such as a very tall wide shouldered women using a mens pack, or a slim man finding a womens pack to fit better), but in general I think you're best off using gender specific packs if they are available.