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REI Trail 25 Pack

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The REI Trail pack transitions smoothly from the trail to the urban world. It's designed for comfort, effective organization and easy access to your gear.

  • Removable hipbelt and sternum strap let you customize the pack to your needs
  • Padded back panel features additional contact-point padding at scapula and lumbar region
  • Foam-padded, curved shoulder straps feature soft edges and a sternum strap for comfort
  • Panel-loading main compartment holds your essentials and includes a sleeve for a hydration reservoir (sold separately)
  • Front pocket features a key-keeper clip and an organizer for compass, lip balm, wallet, sunglasses and other small essentials
  • Side mesh pockets create convenient storage and on-the-go access to water bottle, sunscreen, snacks or small electronics
  • Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying; clip loop acommodates an LED blinker light
  • Recycled PET fabric offers durability for years of heavy use


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REI Trail 25 Pack Specs
Best use
25 liter
1,526 cubic inches
1 lb. 10 oz.
17 - 19 inches
28 - 46 inches
Recycled ripstop PET
2 + main compartment
19.5 x 11.5 x 6.5 inches
Frame type
Gear capacity (L)
Gear capacity (cu. in.)
Weight - metric
Adjustable torso
Fits torso
Fits waist/hips
Suspended mesh back panel
Pack loading
Pack access
Number of exterior pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Raincover included

REI Trail 25 Pack

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REI Trail 25 Packis rated4.3333out of5by15.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated4out of5byfromLoved it, still use it!Used this pack as my secondary pack for short day slot canyons from base camp since it was in price range and size for a reliable cheap pack. Did great but the side pockets rubbed first and caught on branches easy. Rest of the pack did very well. I did install 10-12 Grommets for water draining when coming out of potholes.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated4out of5byfromGreat value, functional, versatileI really tested this pack by using it as my only bag while backpacking Europe for about 6 weeks. Most fellow travelers had much larger bags but I felt this was sufficient. Fits well on airplane/bus/train under feet, on lap, or overhead. Great variety of pockets/compartments and holds much more than expected. I have no real complaints, but a couple small things include the zippers can be awkward especially as the pack reaches capacity (catching/hard to slide), and secondary compartments tricky to access for quick/small items - again, as bag fills this gets worse. These are very insignificant and picky but FYI. I sprayed it with a waterproofing agent, added the small/20L Duckback and had a great trip! Bottom line, solid bag.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated4out of5byfromBigger than it looksMy kindergartner decided he wanted this. His Lucky Bums bag that he uses daily for school just wasn't quite big enough to allow papers to lay flat. This however, looked like it'd do the trick. And the mesh pocket inside is perfect for holding those papers against the back if he doesn't have a folder. Unfortunately, this is bigger than it looked. I'm a little sorry I didn't sway him towards something like my old North Face Miwok. But, bottom line, he still loves it and it's working well.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated5out of5byfromVersatility that performsThe designers clearly looked into how a convenience pack is used and abused. This little day pack has enough pocket options and capacity to cover business travel trappings as well as a day on the trails. The expandable cargo space and 180 zippers make it a viable overnight business garment and toiletry bag. The well padded shoulder straps take the load pretty well while still giving you full shoulder movement - great for running through airports or scrambling through lesser know trails.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated5out of5byfromVersatile BagAs others have indicated, this is a good bag if you want the backpack you carry around with you 95% of the time to also be comfortable during a day on the trail. I use it primarily to bike to and from work and for occasional weekend trips. On these, it sometimes unexpectedly ends up as my daypack. I had the previous iteration of this pack for nearly three years (more on this later) and recently upgraded. The new version has some noticeable improvements: deeper pockets prevent things from falling out, an extra compartment improves organization, more places to strap things onto the bag, and generally more comfortable carry system. I can't speak to the durability of the new bag, but since its materials are similar to the old one in many places, I anticipate similar wear. To me this bag's (and REI's equipment more generally) greatest strength is the guarantee. The laminated water treatment on the interior of my old bag gradually deteriorated to the point where I was concerned it would no longer protect my laptop in the rain. I went to REI and asked if there's anything they could do. They gave me what I paid for the new bag as credit for the new one, no fuss, no questions asked. (Thanks for the great service!)
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated2out of5byfromStraps don't sit rightI tried to like this pack. For a couple of weeks, I used it for everything. Ultimately, I could not make it comfortable. The shoulder straps are very well-padded, but they attach to the top of the pack at too wide an angle, causing them to lay across the periphery of my shoulders, rather than between my chest and shoulders (where most other packs fit). This restricted movement of my arms and led to fatigued shoulders after a day of walking around. You can bring in the shoulder straps a bit with the sternum strap, but this makes it feel constrictive across my chest. I am fairly skinny, and would not recommend this pack to someone with a slim build. It would work better for someone with a broad chest and wide-set shoulders. Ended up returning it for a Patagonia Refugio 28L, which fits much more comfortably.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated4out of5byfromMight have problems down the roadThe seams that connect the arm strap on the bottom are coming undone. This has made me uneasy because I have not even done any rigorous hiking yet. I am probably going to return it. Other than that problem, its been a good backpack, very comfortable.
Date published: 2013-04-18

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