Outdoors 1119

Published on July 2nd, 2010 | by Greg


Take A Hike with The North Face

I love to hike. Iʻm not normally one to choose a single favorite activity, my preference tends to be a bit more High Fidelity-esque, leaning towards top five lists. Hiking would make my top three though. Itʻs right up there with cooking, knitting and photography. Living in Hawaii makes hiking accessible as often as I want to do it, and makes camping possible year-round. As such, Iʻve worn out my fair share of camping and hiking equipment, and whenever itʻs time to replace stuff the first place I turn is The North Face.

Iʻve got a bag that I use on a daily basis, and has served me quite well for day hikes for several years now. Iʻm not sure what I would do without my Mako, but itʻs limitations are evident when Iʻm on multi-day hikes. A larger bag was the solution, and so I give you the Crestone 60.

This is another bag by The North Face that is designed specifically for women. ItÊ»s lightweight, at just under 6lbs, and is adjustable in nearly every possible regard. The shoulder harness utilizes the Opti Fitâ„¢ System, which adjusts for the wearerÊ»s back length. There is a cam that locks the harness in place, insuring a comfortable fit regardless of height. This is particularly useful for women who have shorter or longer torsoÊ»s than average. Not only is the shoulder harness adjustable, the hipbelt is dual pivot, insures that the bag sits comfortably, even when packed to capacity. There are heavy, water-tight zippers on all of the outer pockets, and one “dry” pocket. A rain-fly will help to keep the contents of the bag dry, even in wet weather.

Bearing all of this in mind, I went ahead and packed my bag to capacity, and set out to make sure that it was as awesome as I was thinking it would be. What I found is that everything I needed for several days fit in the bag, including food, clothes, camping equipment, and a sleeping bag strapped to the bottom. I use a 3 liter Camelbak bladder (not included with the bag), which fit without a struggle at all. The padding on the shoulder straps and hipbelt made carrying my load quite comfortable, and having a bag that is balanced over my hips and shoulders made a huge difference in how far I could travel. If I could change anything about the bag Iʻd add a pocket or two on the shoulder straps or the hip strap, and I missed the extensive bungee system found on my smaller bag. Overall, thereʻs little I would change.

The Crestone 60 is available directly from The North Face, online or in sports stores for around $220.

The Hayden shoe may not be suitable for those long hikes, but is ideal for anyone who spends their time hiking and trekking through the streets of their city. Certainly they appeal to my green sensibilities, making good use of post-consumer recycled rubber, and plant cellular fibers. This shoe is available in two color schemes, both shroom brown/algae yellow, and a darker pair in barrel brown and taupe. As much as I wanted to wear these shoes I felt it prudent to let our illustrious editor give them a go instead, after all, they were his size. Greg tried out the lighter pair in shroom/algae (pretty color, though the name makes me want to go clean my refrigerator).

These shoes reminded me a bit of shoes a skater might wear, though not quite as bulky. Made out of recycled rubber, and sustainable materials like cork and bamboo all resonate with me. I was informed that they were quite comfortable to walk in for very extended periods of time. Bonus that these stylish shoes can be dressed up or down, making them perfect for taking along on trips. This isnʻt the first pair of The North Face shoes that have made for really good multi-use footwear, and almost certainly wonʻt be the last. Available in most sporting goods stores or directly from North Face for $95.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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