by outdoors50fromNot a good travel packI travel quite a lot and I am searching for a 'Travel Pack' i.e. a decent, simple looking bag, with not too many tags and dangly extras for use when traveling via plane or train. I want a bag where the back-pack straps hide away when wanting to 'look more elegant' at hotel check in. OR to protect the bag if I have to check it on airline.
This bag has a thin case - which cleverly doubles as a rain cover - to cover up things when checking in on an airline. BUT you couldn't really carry it in that form - the handles are too close together, quite awkward.
Good points: nice padded shoulder straps and a good waist belt.
Bad points: too much like a hiking backpack - but not suitable for real hiking - sadly, the worst of both worlds. i had to return.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 3out of5
by ezbfromcritical flaw...scratchy straps!Such a bummer- thought I'd found my perfect RTW pack. Fantastic, simple main compartment with huge access! not too many goofy straps hanging off all over the place! favorite color (black)! decent suspension, but also zipaway!
But then I tried it without my jacket on. Scratchy scratchy shoulder straps and somehow two squarish edges on the back padding (between shoulder blades and across sacrum) So close, but yet, no.
Date published: 2011-08-04
Rated 3out of5
by havok910fromBag good, buckles not so much...I bought this bag because I thought it was going to be perfect for Air Travel. Which it is, minus the defective buckles. My first trip with it, I was pulling the bag out of the overhead compartment and the buckle snagged on something and broke, I wasn't wrenching on it or anything. I just felt a slight snag and then pop! The rest of the bag is great, but I will be returning this bag for a replacement when I return home. For the price it, this should not have happened. I think the buckles should be re-engineered as to provide a little more ruggedness than what it currently has.
Date published: 2011-12-26
Rated 4out of5
by kiralindsayfromSpacious Travel BagAfter being told that suitcases can't be used for camping, I made a trip to REI and found this bag. I bought it for weeklong/weekend trips to Yosemite/JTree/GC NPs. The full zip front open is key to finding clothes easily, and in that sense it's just like a suitcase. It has a bunch of extra pockets, which were great for toiletries, gloves/hats/socks, etc. There's even a spot for my Camelbak bladder, although I would have liked an external bottle holder too. The size is great - I was able to pack 2 days worth of clothes along with 2 winter coats easily. Highly recommend, although since it's a unisex bag, beware ladies: the waist belt fit, but it was at the tightest setting. One size just barely fits all. Since I'm not planning to backpack with this bag, I think it's perfect. The orange color is awesome.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 4out of5
by Winston CoolwaterfromGreat Pack. Replace your hardwareI bought this pack in December 2013 for its versatility and simplicity of use with multi-modal travel. It absolutely shines if you want to be ready for any occasion, don't want to check bags, and you're serious about traveling light. It's comfortable and the large front opening makes it easy to access items if you're flagged going through TSA check points. Traveling on foot is a breeze and in a pinch you've got something you can get dirty with.
As with any REI pack I've owned, the design is great and construction is good for the money. However, REI consistently cuts corners with the plastic hardware. While other manufacturers go for the good plastics, REI seems to go for the most brittle hardware they can find. I've owned several REI packs of different sizes and design purposes over the last ten years. Clips and buckles can quickly break under normal travel and recreation conditions. This is a great pack, but BE PREPARED. Your hardware can break even if you're the gentle type.
On my pack, the hip-belt buckle broke in half at the female end just as I finished my first trip with it. Fortunately, I was already States-side and using a car, so I didn't even notice until I was home. However, I might have been upset if I was mid-trip moving from point to point. So, if you're going to be moving fast, especially in cold climates, you might do well to consider just replacing critical pieces preemptively or bringing spares and the appropriate tools.
Due to my previous experience with REI gear I knew this could happen and I purchased anyway. I don't regret it at all. The pack performs beautifully otherwise, and I know with some new bits it'll continue being a great piece of equipment.
Don't forget: the rain cover duffel is a great supplementary bag if you need something to carry stuff you pick up along the way.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 4out of5
by Joseph Molinarofromgreat bag, weak front claspsThis is the best bag I have ever owned for casual traveling. It allows hands free travel without your clothes coming out a wrinkled mess. There's plenty of room you could travel as long as you want.
The only fault with this bag is the front clasps are weakly anchored. They both broke on my first leg of a trip from Northern California to Nashville. Instead of taking it back I just sewed the upper straps to the side bag loops, that allowed it to work the same, but much stronger.
Note: I would only recommend this bag if you are willing to fix the bag when the front clasps break. With the fix I give it 5/5 instead 4/5.
PS: My wife wants a modified one, but there is only one size currently and is too long for her.
Date published: 2012-01-20
Rated 4out of5
by PamEfromJust the right size4 months in SE Asia - perfect size; keeping the weight down to carry on compliance.
ONLY, only issue is:
1) the top compartment. A bit too small for the Lonely Planet / travel guide book, useless strap (with clasp) inside, AND it colapses inside the bag - making the inside top part hard(er) to access (maybe if it was a bit stiffer, or could hold it's own form).
2) needs 2 outside straps (on the exterior top part) to hang footwear, or hang a daypack onto it.
Those outside 2 snaps are not needed (in terms of function); although it keeps the pack nicely snug tight.
All in all, GREAT pack for it's size. It just needs some design adjustments, and I agree - non scratch straps.
Date published: 2012-03-23
Rated 4out of5
by Perpetual Motion CanadianfromGreat travel pack for business commuterThis 40L pack is perfect for week-long business travel or multi-week backpacking provided you are a comfortable traveller and practical packer.
I typically pack 5 long-wearing sets of clothes and travel laundry supplies (Tide travel packs, line, 8 sets of clothes pins) so your mileage may vary with this pack if you want to bring clothing for every single day of your travel.
That being said, it fits perfectly in the overhead of a CRJ200 (Small!), packs down if you're not bringing all your gear out in a day and fits comfortably with a decent hipbelt nicely padded shoulder straps.
It does NOT have ATL however so be sure to try one on with weight before you decide its for you.
Very happy with this pack for commuter travel. It is NOT back country bag. This is my traipsing between hostels and business travel backpack.
My one quibble is the zip pockets on the side do not really stretch out, so they impose on the interior volume of the bag. This can be a pain with non-squishy items like a water bottle in the right hand pocket. I tend to mash my light rain shell in the left one, so it isn't such an issue.
Date published: 2012-08-22
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