Rated4out of5byackfunfromworked wellThis pack was great for our days out on the trails. It fit just enough for the day, and was super light.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated5out of5byLinda Lovin the OutdoorsfromPerfect for running!This pack is perfect for trail running, cycling and hiking! Whether a quick run after work or a longer day hike. It's the only one I've found that really moves when you move, yet stays snug against your body. Highly adjustable for a great fit! Lots of variety and size of compartments including easy access to small items. Tube management system is great for grabbing a quick drink without stopping. It was a little less comfortable when I adjusted it out to wear a heavier jacket underneath, but for most of what I do, it couldn't be better.
Date published: 2013-10-26
Rated5out of5byseaLovesfromPerfect all-day packI've taken this pack to beaches, casual hikes, and long-distance power hikes and it's been perfect for all occasions. It's compact and all the various straps and loops makes it super customizable to the load I am carrying for the occasion and tight to my body when I need it. With all bags, work with the awesome reps at REI to make sure this is a good fit for you and to get to know how to make proper adjustments. I am 5'2", petite, and this sits really well on my hips and it's very comfortable on my shoulders with the straps at varying lengths. It should definitely fit those taller than me. I use this with a 3L Platypus Big Zip reservoir (it does have a tube hole! you just have to find it!). With the reservoir full, it takes up most of the back compartment but I don't ever have the reservoir more than 2L full. The bottom of the main compartment is a bit tight to access with a water bag, so I keep things at the bottom that I don't need to access frequently: first aid kit, extra socks, rolled up sweatshirt or rain jacket. I recently took this bag on a 30 mile charity speed-hike where we were caught in a serious downpour. I know this is very water resistant though not rated at waterproof so I didn't want to take a chance since I was carrying electronics so I threw my rain jacket over it and it was all good. The only downside if I had to state one is that I haven't found a rain bag that fits completely over it because of the way the shoulder straps are attached. If you're expecting downpours, do what I did and put your poncho or rain jacket over it. It's totally fine on its own in light rain and mist with no trace of moisture inside. Another thing for a wishlist is maybe a loop or 2 for strapping on poles or a pair of flipflops but between the pockets and a couple of carabiners, I make it work! Super easy to clean as well. I love this bag and it's hardly showing any signs of wear!!
Without the hydration pack, the bag is big enough to comfortably fit a DSLR camera with a long lens, a few other electronic, iPad, all of the contents of your purse. :) With the hydration pack at 2L full, it will fit a compact first aid kit, extra socks, shoes, rain jacket, snacks, small wallet, small electronics. The belt pouches are perfect for lip balm and gels.
Date published: 2013-10-12
Rated5out of5byLinda45fromAmazing capacity for small pack!Used on a 3 week Alaska trip and found it invaluable for carrying the clothing layers I was often adding/subtracting during our various hikes and adventures. I was amazed at the capacity of this small pack and the functionality of the various compartments. It is well-made and sturdy.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated3out of5byberrylotusgirlfromComfortable, but a bit fussyI used this pack for a day hike in the Rockies, and am using it currently to prepare for a hike up a 14er. I love the comfort and the size of the pack, it definitely fits everything I need. As the headline suggests, I find it a bit fussy. There are almost too many compartments and straps. I keep losing things in the bag because there are so many zippers and loops... I think a few less compartments and straps and I've love this bag. I actually ended up cutting out the hip pockets because they were in the way of my arms swinging when walking... I like it much better now that I've trimmed it down. It's nice looking and the color is good, and my back stayed cool.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated5out of5byThornfromGreat little pack!I've been taking this pack out on day trips (between 4 and 15 mile trails) and it's been perfect. I'm pretty average in terms of build--5'6" and about 150 lb.--and I found this to be quite comfortable. I do have a large chest, and I appreciated the sliding straps to accommodate me. I've done some trail running with it, too, and have been surprisingly comfortable.
I'm especially pleased with its water-holding capacity. A 2 liter bladder fits comfortably in the reservoir sleeve, and I can fit additional bottles in the mesh side pouches. An earlier reviewer complained that there was no slot out of which to run the drinking hose, but it's designed to come out of the sleeve at the top of either of the padded straps! Once I got it set in, it was quite comfortable to use and made it easy to hydrate.
You can also access the main pouch through a side zipper on the back of the pack, which spares you having to deal with the narrow openings at the top that other folks have mentioned.
There's plenty of room for a rain jacket, a couple of books, snacks, and whatever small necessities you may require. I'm really happy with my Maya!
As a sidenote, though, I don't know where they get off calling the color pink. This thing is inarguably red!
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated2out of5bymg1779fromFair PackThe size of the pack is decent, but I had a difficult time getting to anything in the bottom of the pack. I took this on an all day hike on Mt Whitney, and I found that I kept unloading most of the pack to get to what I needed. I agree that the zippers just don't go down far enough for easy access. I'm probably going to return it and find another pack.
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated5out of5byNew to the Outdoorsfromgreat day pack for petite womenI used this day pack to hike Half Dome in Yosemite, CA. It was perfect for the 14-16 mile day hike. I loved how all of the pockets came in handy and kept me organized. In the easily accessible hip belt pockets,I was able to store my point and shoot camera, snacks, lip balm, head lamp, whistle, and small compass. The front compartment held my sun hat, sun block, gloves, insect repellent, and sunglasses. The other compartments held my snacks, fleece, small first aid kit, and other necessary items.
I was also able place both my trekking poles in one of the side mesh pockets securely when I wasn't using them while climbing the cables.
I carried a 2L hydration bladder, in addition to a 1L nalgene bottle on the side. Even with all this weight, I was comfortable.
The padding was comfy as well, and my back was kept dry, despite my sweating through a 85 degree hike.
My only small gripe, as others have mentioned, is that I wish the zippers for the main compartment went down further to make it easier to get to things.
I am highly satisfied with this day pack, as it fits my needs and petite frame perfectly. I am 5'1" at 105lbs, with 17" torso, and had a difficult time finding a comfortable pack before the Gregory Maya 18 came along. Other people who are taller/bigger may not find the pack as comfy.
Date published: 2012-10-26
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