THE NORTH FACE Matthes Crest 85 Backpack


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THE NORTH FACE Matthes Crest 85 Backpack

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Plently of Room for All Your Gear

By Jeff the Hiker

from North Conway NH

About Me International Trekker

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  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Roomy


  • Straps Are Prone To Slip

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  • Back Packing

Comments about THE NORTH FACE Matthes Crest 85 Backpack:

I purchased this pack from the EMS store in North Conway. Both Vicki and Jason were very helpful in selecting and fitting this pack to me. I liked the color, helpful for fellow hikers to see you in the woods and again if you should become lost. What most attracted me to it was the size, 5,200 cu in. I live and trek in the White ountains of NH where the weather is constantly changing. As an example eighty-five degrees at ground level the other day but ten degrees at the summit of Mt Washington. I need to carry enough gear to carry me through all types of weather. Another plus was the water resistance material of the back pack. Not water proof but with water resistant, a pack cover and storing my gear inside a large industrial size plastic bag every thing stayed dry. The pack had a very wide and well padded waist band which I liked.

Immediate drawback was the lack of two straps at the bottom of the pack. I usually use these to attach my sleeping pad or tent to it. There were two straps on each side for attaching gear and I found these some what awkward because one cinched up to the left and the other cinched to the right. Maybe that was a good thing, not sure but I find it inconvenient. When I attached my tent to one side and my sleeping pack to the other I could not use the expandable outside pockets to store my 1.0 liter water bottles as I would have had to remove the tent or sleeping pad to get a drink. I was forced to put my water bottles inside the pack at the top. Each time I stopped I had to take off the pack, undo for fasteners and reach inside the pack for my water. Not a fun thing to do when you are hiking for six hours or more.

The biggest drawback however were the two shoulder straps giving way with the heavy weight. I was carrying fifty pounds in my pack. Once I had cinched the waist band and had the shoulder straps adjusted to a comfortable level and when I began hiking after about one hundred meters the shoulder straps loosened and the entire pack shifted downward. The waist band was at crotch level and I had to stop and readjust everything. This pattern repeated itself over and over and I was forced to hold onto the adjustment straps to try and keep the pack from slipping downward. Unfortunately this did not work either. It was very painful on my back. In fact today three days after my trek my back is still hurting.

I took the pack back to the EMS store in North Conway and Jason agreed with me that the pack was slipping. He replaced the strap adjustment/holders with a larger type. I can't comment on wether this will solve the problem as I need to test the pack out on trail conditions not in a paved parking lot.

Soooo...bottom line I like this pack, despite the drawbacks I have mentioned and would like to keep it. But if the straps keep slipping I have no alternative to return it. The good folks at EMS said they will exchange it for another pack if necessary and from my experience they are great to deal with.

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