REI Crestrail 48 ReviewMay 10, 2013
- 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.
Harness adjustability and soft padding almost make up for an otherwise stiff-feeling suspension. Ventilation is average for the category.
The Crestrail’s tubular perimeter frame felt too stable at times—testers wished for adjustable mobility, especially at the hipbelt.
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.
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.
The relatively tall framesheet lacked head-clearance, and the hipbelt stabilizer-straps were not an asset.
Even at an average price, the Crestrail did not perform as expected.