Rated4out of5byAC-130 SPECTREfromGREAT REPLACEMENTREPLACEMENT FOR A OLDER MODEL, USED IN DAILY COMMUTE.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated4out of5byktmdude88fromLoved 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 of5byDr wo BordersfromGreat 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 of5byAmanda in COfromBigger 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 of5bySilvafoxfromVersatility 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 of5bykaxixifromVersatile 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 of5byhopeforgorillafromStraps 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 of5bysammerlofromMight 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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