Large volume with lots of available exterior carry-capacity
Adjustable torso length
Soft foam and fabric in harness
Somewhat heavy and clunky for a pack of this volume
Functionality of ActivMotion “pivoting hipbelt”
Confusing and redundant zips on some pockets
The Crestrail 48 aims for versatility, but small ergonomic issues keep it from doing anything really well. It is a comfortable entry-level pack.
Comfort/Adjustability Harness adjustability and soft padding almost make up for an otherwise stiff-feeling suspension. Ventilation is average for the category.
Stability The Crestrail’s tubular perimeter frame felt too stable at times—testers wished for adjustable mobility, especially at the hipbelt.
Capacity Large interior volume and a variety of external-carry features put the Crestrail near the top of the category, though its soft padding was less comfortable under big loads.
Organization/Access Redundant zips in the lid and on one exterior pocket offered little performance benefit; the absence of a main compartment-divider in a pack with a bottom-access zip also seemed like an odd design choice.
Features The relatively tall framesheet lacked head-clearance, and the hipbelt stabilizer-straps were not an asset.
Value Even at an average price, the Crestrail did not perform as expected.