Rated4out of5byKLG IIIfromCan't wait to put in action!I only have used this pack on a short day hike, just to test it out, and it was very good! I was more than pleased with everything about the pack. It has great capacity, it's easy to adjust, it's comfortable, there are enough compartments, there's easy access to different parts, and just overall it's a great bag. I have a bigger trip in the works that I am very exited to use this on because it will be the first multiple day trip with this! If anyone is wondering more specifics about that I can post or comment after my trip!
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated5out of5bythat guy DavefromLove this pack!I had been eyeballing this pack for quite some time, and my wife got it for my for Christmas. I've been using the same external frame pack since I was 14, so I was ready for a new one. This is a heavier pack than most, but it makes up for it in comfort and fit. I really like that the shoulder straps are adjustable for a custom fit. I went into REI to make sure I had everything fitted how it should be before I hit the trail.
It easily fits all my gear, with plenty of room to spare. The sleeping bag compartment is nice, although I had to get a compression sack to fit my 0º sleeping bag down there. The compartment for a water reservoir is a big plus.
There are plenty of pockets and compartments for a wide variety of gear, and I was able to strap my trekking pole and my chair to the outside of the pack. Pockets on the hip belt is nice for holding some small snacks or your map and compass. The zippers are all pretty stout, and the pulls are easy to use even with gloves on.
I'm looking forward to putting a lot of miles on the trails with this pack!
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated5out of5byDeaconfanfromVery Comfortable and Versitle BackpackI bought this product in preparation for my first backpacking trip since high school. I also considered the REI Flash 62, but I bought the Crestrail 70 because it looked like a more durable pack, and I am more interested in comfort than the weight of the pack itself.
Having just completed a long weekend trip, I can say that I am very, very pleased with this pack. I found it very easy to adjust the straps to my comfort level. The pack is full of thoughtful features that make it very versatile on the trail. I particularly like the following features:
-- The large zip pocket on the top that is perfect for accessing often-needed items
-- The zip pockets on the outside of the hip belt...just the right size for your digital camera or your GPS.
-- The water bottle pockets just to the rear of the hip belt.
I found the pack capacity for the Crestrail 70 to be ideal. There is enough space for what you need, but not so much capacity that you end up making your pack unnecessarily heavy.
I am looking forward to enjoying this pack for years to come.
Date published: 2012-10-21
Rated4out of5byDice manfromEnjoyable PackThis is my first "real" pack so. However, I used it for a 17 mile canoe/hiking trip for two nights. This is the only trip I've taken it on.
The top floating cargo area is very convenient with two access points. The main cargo area is also very accessible.
I don't like the clasp on the cord around the main opening. It's very annoying to use and I feel like the cord will soon break it or get caught up. I also don't like the fact that I can't turn my summer sleeping bag sideways inside the pack. I have to keep it verticle wasting space.
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated5out of5byDonnie ThursdayfromDurability and Design Above and BeyondI went out with a friend to spend a month out in Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite.
After ripping my Flash Pack 68, I decided to go with something more durable, and this was the right choice. The CorDura build held up NO problem through (literally) rain, hail, flood, climbing, hiking, mountains, animals, scraping, dropping, throwing.
I beat the hell out of this thing and even overloaded it to ~80lbs for the venture. It was extremely comfortable when not overloaded, and made for a great overnight bag as well.
The zippers seemed odd at first, but having access to every area of your pack is great. I compressed my clothes and bag, and they were just a zipper away. No digging to the bottom of my pack for one item, everything was readily accessible.
After the pack got absolutely soaked during a heavy storm and a flood in our little camp site, it dried the next day in the sun within a half hour or so.
Only scrape it even endured was our long hike, overloaded, out to Yosemite. I had to lower it against a large, rough rock face and it got scraped up pretty bad. No rip or anything though, just a lightening of the fabric.
Loved this pack.
Date published: 2012-09-13
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