The North Face Crestone 75

This backpacking rucksack features a moulded back panel that is perforated for improved airflow. The shoulder straps can be raised to improve fit, and the hipbelt is designed to pivot. On the back this felt comfortable, and it provided a firm, stable carry that was quite different to other sacks here. The body has slightly fewer features than some others, with a simpler layout of just a main compartment with side, base and top entry. There are compression straps with quick-release buckles and wand pockets. The lid can be raised to allow load extension up to 85 litres. The lid has a massive pocket in the top too. There is a useful stretch front panel that allows wet kit to be stashed on the outside of the pack, plus a zipped front pocket.  But the floating lid is not connected to the main body of the sack with a bellows panel, so water could creep under the lid. The lid fit is not ideal compared to other designs. The back panel is firmer on the back than other designs, but some may prefer this.

 

Capacity: 75 to 85 litres
Fabric: 210D ripstop, 420D HD ripstop, 500D Kodra
Features: adjustable back length; moulded E-Vap back panel with Pivot hipbelt; twin main compartments; lid with outside pockets; side entry to main compartment; front zipped pocket and front stash pocket; quick-release side compression straps; wand pockets; hydration system-compatible, rain cover
Weight: 2260g
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in UK: 44

Verdict: The Crestone provides a more stable but firmer carry compared to other sacks, which you will either love or hate, while the lid is not ideal for wet UK weather.