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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hauler for the big jobs Perfect for carrying a big load into a backcountry swimming hole with the kids. Carried 41 pounds for a dozen miles each day. Pack transferred weight well onto my hips without any comfort issues from the straps. It was a sweltering Memorial Day in Tennessee, but ventilation around the back and straps was fine. The hip strap has considerable padding and bracing... the best I've ever seen. Stitching is durable enough to withstand shoving in our bulky, synthetic sleeping bags with no signs of strains to the construction. Pockets are placed well for accessing snacks, trail map, water, etc. without doffing the pack mid-stride.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the heavy load and thinner frame Aside from being very good looking, this pack excels at weight distribution. I found that, as a solo backpacker, the total load was very manageable and didn't overly fatigue. As an individual with slightly above average weight, the padding and many way to adjust were much appreciated. All of the daisy chain loops were solid. One flaw I found was that the rigidness of the shoulder straps and belt straps was something of an annoyance. The shoulder straps rubbed a bit until they fell into form over time, after which they were comfortable. The belt straps remained rigid, which meant that I had to strategically place the pack to account for them sticking out or being an obstruction when not in use.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trekking pack Used this pack for both a backpacking and as luggage for travel to and from our destination. The adjustability of the pack to fit my size made it easy to ensure a proper fit. The pack itself has numerous features that were well designed and made travel easier. I particularly like the rain cover that was included as well as the access to the bottom of the pack through the heavy duty zippers. The pack fit well and made it easy to carry over extended periods of time without causing undue fatigue. Overall it is a solid choice for a trekking pack and a good value.  The ability to easily adjust the fit and the many options for storage and carrying make this pack an overall good choice for its purpose.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great overall backpacking pack The REI Trail 70 is a beast. It has pockets all over, a rain cover to help you out in the heavier rain days, and a very padded belt. I was able to fit all that I needed within the pack for a three day backpacking excursion, and still have room to spare. I'm convinced that this pack would be more than enough to handle longer treks, but the padding is a little heavy for my use. I've used an antigravity wireframe suspension before, and it was excellent for keeping air flowing. Sadly, this pack does not have a wireframe. That is the only thing I would change, but it is a great addition to my gear collection and will be amazing on the cooler days that I do not need the air flow as much. Overall, the value of the pack is top notch. I'd recommend this to anyone that needs to have a sturdy pack to go the distance.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great multi day pack! I was looking for an upgrade from my previous pack and this has so far exceeded my expectation! First off I'm 6'4" with broad shoulders and this pack fit comfortably on my waist and shoulders with just a few minor adjustments that were easy to make. The shoulder and hip padding is nice and thick and has a good cushion feel even with a heavy load all day long! I'm a big fan of the quickness to which I can get a rain layer in or out of the "shove pocket" or the rain cover out of its little area to keep the whole pack dry. Its a standard top loading design which in the long run i'm sure will prove invaluable as I don't find my things getting snagged as I put them in or out of the main pocket, or the frustration of zippers that come apart etc. I'm a believer in a simple design that works well and I think this fits into that category. The size and comfort of this pack is well suited for your longer treks with more nights away. In fact I'll be inviting some beginner backpackers and probably offer to pack lots of their stuff since i'll likely have the space. Another bonus with the size is that I have all this space to pack heavier clothes so my backpacking season can begin earlier!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack - Great Value I was impressed with the fit and features of this pack, considering its relative position in the REI lineup, and its price point. Over two initial hikes of about 4 miles each and a pack weight of 35 pounds, the Trail 70 remained comfortable and required little adjusting throughout the hike. My pack for the past 17 years has been a Gregory Palisades 80. Features I enjoyed on the Trail 70, in comparison, were the integral rain cover storage, integral hydration storage, large compression front pocket, and probably my favorite feature: the hip belt pockets. Even though I was not using trekking poles, the integral pole attachments were also a nice touch. Little things like the pull tab draw string on the main compartment were a nice convenience. A few things I'd adjust: I wish the side compression straps were a few inches longer; I like to use those to strap down my tent (Half Dome 2 Plus) and sleeping pad, and with a full pack, it was a bit tight to squeeze those things in. I also felt like I wanted the chest strap to pull a bit tighter than what it would allow. If the pack is already full, it's also difficult to squeeze in a filled water bladder, but that's easily managed with a little more experience with packing sequence (still a great feature). Overall, I felt this was a great pack, and would not hesitate recommending it to anyone who wants to get into overnight hiking but needs to be budget conscious. The Trail 70 offers many great features and a comfortable fit for a stellar value.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect size and functionality! I loaded up this pack with 60 lbs. of gear and hiked into some back country lakes in the Sawtooth Wilderness. It performed exceptionally well through all aspects of my trip. It was very comfortable, I barely knew it was even there.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfct pack for multi-day trips I used this pack for a 3 day backpacking trip in the Ouachita mountains of Arkansas. With it's lightweight but well crafted design, it was perfect for the trek. The mesh backing and shoulder straps provided a comfortable and well ventilated fit on hot and humid days. The adjustments were simple to fit my frame and made the pack very comfortable for long, strenuous days. I carried 45 pounds on the trek as training for longer hikes and the pack handled the weight very well. The hip padding was very nice and allow for the proper weight to be transferred to the hips for easy, fatigue-free carrying. The outside pockets and multiple daisy chain lashing points provided ample opportunity to store gear that needed to be quickly accessible. I also appreciate the inclusion of a rain cover so there is no need to worry about keeping your pack and contents dry in sudden downpours. The 70 liter size allows you to carry everything you need(and then some) for a full week trek. I will definitely be using this pack on my future ventures. PS, my wife also commented on how attractive the pack is!
Date published: 2017-06-11
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Questions & Answers

I see it fits a torso size of 17-21 inches. Is it adjustable to the correct size between 17 and 21 inches?

Asked by: gwheel
Yes, the torso length can be adjusted anywhere from 17" to 21".
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-16

What would be the best way to pack a tent with this backpack? Is there any way to strap a tent bag to the outside/bottom of the backpack?

Asked by: JivestTurkey
There is webbing with side release buckles to hold the tent or sleeping pad at the bottom of the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-16

Just purchased this pack for my son. We are going on a 7 day trip to Philmont. What is the best hydration bladder for this pack? I would like to go as large as possible.

Asked by: Tom92
Any 3 liter/100 oz. reservoir will work. Here is our list of hydration reservoirs: https://www.rei.com/c/hydration-reservoirs
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-16

How much is maximum load of REI Co-op Men's Trail 70 Pack ?

Asked by: kiddanet
​We're sorry, but that information is not available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-06

I seen in the video that the shoulder straps velcro and place. How much of a weight limit does the pack have?

Asked by: Tony
​This pack has not been given a weight limit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-16

Aside from being one pound heavier, and with an adjustable back panel, how does this pack compare to the lighter REI Traverse 70 backpack?  

Asked by: NorHiker
​The Trail 70 pack is a basic pack that features minimal access points and great durability while keeping it very simple, whereas the Traverse 70 is a more advanced pack with many organizational aspects, multiple access points and is intended for multi-day excursions that require more comfort.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-07
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