Crescent 85


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Crescent 85
Manufacturer Osprey
Page By Jerry S
Page Type Mar 5, 2007 / Mar 5, 2007
Object ID 2769
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Product Description

The Crescent 85 is our most versatile full-featured men's pack. Thanks to superb compression capability, it deftly handles everything from a weekend jaunt to a weeklong journey. Staying organized is easy with vertical zip panel access, wide mouth sleeping bag access and a built in stretch mesh pocket with zippered panel.

* Equipped with BioForm CMâ„¢ hipbelt
* Mesh/zippered front pocket
* Single compartment top pocket with lash points
* Easy access sleeping bag compartment
* 7075 aluminum ReCurve rods
* Zippered side access

From Osprey Website


AquaSource ReCurve Hydration
Bioform CM Hipbelt
Excessory D-rings
Fabric Side Pocket
Gender Specific Harnessing
Sleeping bag compartment
Top Pocket Lumbar Pack
Vertical Panel Zip Access

Size cu. in. liter lbs/oz kg.
M 5100 85 7/1 3.20
L 5300 88 7/5 3.30
XL 5500 91 7/9 3.40

My Take

The Osprey Website shows this bag to be a good fit for weights up to 60#. I have put 55# in it and it still fits like a glove and handles the load very well.

I have used the hydration system under light loads, but for a heavy load, I don't think that it would work that well with the bladder in the backpack. All of the weight of your gear would be resting on the bladder or you have to put the bladder somewhere else. It just seemed like too much of a hassle for me, my opinion.

I tried on several backpacks all with 40# in them and this one felt like there was nothing in it. That was the main purchasing factor, and considering the price, it had better come close to carrying the load up the mountain for you. Worth it in my opinion though.

Last takes:
The hip belt is awesome, get it fitted in the store.
Fanny pack: yeah, whatever.
Two ice axe loops - nice.
Side zipper pocket - nice for things you need now.
It hauls weight well.


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Bill Reed - Mar 18, 2007 10:48 pm - Voted 5/5

Crescent 90
Sounds like the 85 is close to my 90. This pack fit me better than any other I tried and I tried quite a few. Very functional and a real workhorse as far as heavy loads.
On the down side, it is a heavy pack and I've never been able to re-assemble it correctly after removing the fanny and day packs. I've quit using those and feel better for it.
Quality and construction are A+, but when I bought mine (2001) they were still being made in Colorado. Hopefully the quality hasn't slipped much.

Bezoar Goat - Mar 1, 2011 4:33 pm - Voted 3/5

A super comfortable pack, but didn't hold up under 80-100 lb. expedition loads. Good for alpine ascents & more normal carries.

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