Rated5out of5byJeff lbh-ikefromComfortable with convenient accessI used this backpack to carry water (6 liters - heavy), snacks, and light jackets for myself and 2 kids on medium to strenuous day hikes at Yosemite. I've been using it for lighter day hikes back near home in Wisconsin State Parks.
I've found the pack comfortable and easy to adjust through the course of a hike. The compartments allow separation of items and my kids are able to get at snacks and water bottles without me taking it off. The "curved" suspension allows air to circulate across my back so I could be the family pack horse.
I highly recommend this backpack. I would also highly recommend going to an REI store - my salesperson loaded the pack with weights, adjusted the straps, and made sure this backpack was the right fit for me (5' 10'', 175).
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated5out of5bytosajuniorfromHigh Quality Flexible PackGreat pack period. Highly adjustable and easy to adjust on the move. Flexible uses for both day hikes, overnighters and travel. The breathable back pad was great on hot days and helped to control perspiration. Rain cover was easy to deploy and replace when done.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated5out of5byTheMonkeyboyfromBest daypack and/or go-lite overnightI've used this pack on about a dozen day hikes with loads up to 30 lbs. No use in sustained precipitation so can't judge the integrated rainfly but I like the concept of not having to remember to pack it. I've always had top loading packs so this is easy to load for me. A nice design addition would be to add a side zip inside one of the side pockets so that one would have side access to the main compartment. The sleeping bag compartment at the bottom is roomy enough to fit a 3+ season bag. On day hikes, its a great place to stash your warm gear and/or rain gear for quick access. The top pocket is roomy for all those 10 essentials and items you want easily on hand. The internal zip pocket on the underside of the top compartment makes for a secure spot to stash keys, wallet, etc. side sleeves are deep and stretchy so items are held secure. One can load skis on this pack too. The only downside of this pack is it is so comfortable, I forget I'm wearing it. Great value and quality.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated4out of5byKerala12fromDeuter Futura Pro 42 PackI travel light, this pack is well made and has all of the storage needed for an overnight or year long trek anywhere you want to go. It has a built in rain fly, and external pockets for items you need to get to often. I like the frame and suspension, It is very well made and should hold up quite well, the price is right and REI is the best place to fill out you kit. If you want to travel light, this is a good choice. I would give it 5 stars except for the lack of daisy chain. I don't like stuff hanging on my pack anyway, so no big deal to me.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated4out of5byCarpeDMfromDarn near perfect!This pack is darn near perfect! I can easily make it three nights with all my gear comfortably packed. The sleeping bag compartment is small and couldn't fit my Cats Meow sleeping bag (glad to get rid of that bag anyways, see my review on that). So I got a Mont-bell spiral down #3 and can now fit the sleeping bag, my Big Agnes inflatable ground pad and a sleeping bag liner, if I expect it to get really cold, or I stuff my rain pants and jacket in there instead. I now have plenty of room in the main compartment for my tarp tent, extra clothes, cook system and food, with some room to spare. All the exterior pockets helps with organization and easy access.
Some quick things I like and would like to see:
Back mesh is comfortable and keeps my back cool
Frame is sturdy and can support up to 30lbs. (try to keep it under 25lbs.)
Durable and well designed
Fits ME just right
Adjustable lid (is possible to fit a pad or tent under the lid if main compartment isn't stuffed)
Sleeping pad straps (though I got around this by getting a smaller pad)
Adjustable shoulder straps
Move the side suspension straps under the water bottle mesh pocket (being picky with this one)
Date published: 2013-03-03
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