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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trail 25 Evaluation 5 Months In After 5 months of weekly use by a day hiker, this pack looks and feels like new. It easily holds a rain jacket and light weight insulated shell, headlight, compass, emergency equipment and my lunch with room for a wool hat and gloves now that the cold weather has arrived. There are convenient pockets for phone or keys, a setup for a water reservoir and it comes with a rain cover. It is light weight and comfortable to wear and Ialso has a loop at the top to carry the pack when not wearing it. I'm sure there are more expensive and feature filled day packs out there, but for value to price it's hard to see how the Trail 25 can be beat.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good backpack I love how this backpack is laid out. Perfect amount of exterior and interior pockets to organize your gear (bladder, snacks, sunglasses, keys, trash, etc). The pack is light and great for day hikes. Due to the layout of the pack it's very versatile, I've used it as carry on luggage for short trips as well as my day pack when travelling to theme parks (carrying my go-pro, sunglasses, water, sunblock, jackets, etc). The only Con is it was a bit difficult for me to find the right shoulder adjustment location so the pack and waistband sat right. That is my reason for giving this pack 4 stars instead of 5. But overall very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile travel workhorse I bought this bag to use for a 2.5 week trip in Europe this past summer, and continue to use it on a daily basis for a 25 mile RT bike commute. The pack is small enough to fit on any discount airline without incurring additional charges, but large enough for me to use every day with my laptop, clothes and food for the bike to work. The raincover is pretty slick, and appears to be marginally reflective (good for winter biking in Seattle). My only complaint is that the hook for the H2O pack tends to catch on things as I'm putting them into the pack. I'd suggest a quick redesign to flip the hook around so it faces the other way.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack! I bought this pack because I wanted something lightweight, durable, and features that suited my needs (specifically the exterior features). It has surpassed my expectations. I have the black version that has plenty of exterior loops which is a must for me. I use them regularly and they are of good quality. The zipper is used often and has been through a lot since I've purchased it and has help up very well. I am hard on my gear, so it takes a beating. It's lightweight and the interior and exterior storage space is perfect. It's also pretty darn comfortable for a pack this lightweight and for the amount of weight I put into it. Love this bag and might get another one to make a go-bag. Good stuff.
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trail 25 Day pack My uses: Good size for cycling to tennis with racquets & shoes. Good size for day hikes / commuting/ etc. Has a compartment for a Hydration bag (not included) After a couple of weeks of use: Padding down the back is quite thin. Not a problem but I have only used it cycling so far. Spend another $10-20, and some of the other brands have better back support. I'd prefer a fold-over top, instead of the zipper. Comes unzipped if I pick it up from the front. I doubt it's very waterproof. Suprise... The little pocket in the bottom contains a rain pack, so that addresses the waterproofing comment. Overall, pretty good value for the price. Probably the lowest price in that size.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not too big, Not too small, Just Right ! Needed a new day pack after retiring my 1972 REI day pack that did a kazillion day hikes. This REI pack hits a sweet spot of just the right size. Very well made. Nice side pockets that hold the water bottles. Nice small top pocket for glasses and phone.Lots of clipping for outside items. A little back padding and suspension to keep items away from the old back. Sternum clip keeps the straps in place. Carried all the essential day hike items without being over stuffed. Rides like a dream. Makes Goldilocks a happy camper.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really simple, yet versatile pack. I've been looking for a really simple pack that I can use for day hiking, urban cycling, and daily commuting. This pack's size and features are nice. For a day trip in the Rockies, I stuffed a 3L water bladder, a bunch of energy bars, a bluetooth speaker, a jacket, a pair of shoes, 1st aid, a pencil-bag-turned catch-all, a shemagh, and some EDC items. 3L was definitely too much water, still,the pack rode oh so well. The shoulder straps are perfect for the weight, the back is padded and firm, and the hip belt kept the load stable when running up and down the mountain. I ended up returning this pack for a larger one, intended for camping but still suitable for day hiking. Also, the top pockets are a little too small.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great design. Poor hardware. I have this bag in all black. The design seems well thought out. The bag looks great, too. I'm giving this bag 2 stars for one simple reason. The quality of zipper chosen is absolutely horrible. Why is this such a big deal, you ask? Because the zipper is, BY FAR, the most used function of this bag.... of any bag! It's a cheap zipper -- in terms of quality, it feels like it came off a Slurpee promotional fanny pack. The zipper sticks, and I have zero confidence in it's ability to hold up to any sort of daily abuse. So, yes, the bag is pretty great in terms of design -- but this horrible zipper is a deal breaker, and I can only give it 2 stars because of that simple (yet, very important) oversight in quality.
Date published: 2015-04-30
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Questions & Answers

Is the torso measurement on your website correct? 19" max seems short for men. In fact all but two of the specs (4" difference in waist measurement and 0.75" in pack width) are exactly the same for the men's and women's Trail 25.

Asked by: c-m-d
5'9" male here. Waist strap comes around my the top of my navel, not down around hips. Doesn't feel like my big pack, with the weight being specifically put down on the hips. But there was ample room for adjustment, and it can be replaced with a little front-facing "fanny" pack thing. The sternum strap was comfortable and you can adjust the height so that it sits in the right position.
Answered by: Titanic
Date published: 2017-10-10

Would a 2L water bladder be the biggest for practical use on this or would a 3L fit? The Platypus Big Zip LP Reservoir 3L for example.

Asked by: Porter
You use a 3 liter reservoir with this pack and fill it with amount of water you wish to have for your excursion.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-30

Are there any kind of extension straps for the waist straps? I need a little more room and the ability to cinch the strap tighter when needed.

Asked by: rezdog2
According to the item description, there's a "Trail 2 Waistpack" that will attach to the waist straps; maybe that would do the job?
Answered by: geeksam
Date published: 2017-10-16

Does the trail 25 pack have an elastic water bottle holder on both sides or just on one side?  Can't tell from pix. And does it have a clip for keys? Thank you!

Asked by: azhiker
There is a clip for keys in the small side pocket as well.
Answered by: Newtster
Date published: 2018-02-06

What is best way to wash this pack. My son was outddors with this pack for 3 months in hot summer and its a little "ripe". Can I soak it in tub with oxyclean then Woolite? Also it would be nice to have a tag attached to product with washing instructions. 

Asked by: Mom in Ashland
For information on cleaning this pack, please visit the following link. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpack-how-to-clean.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-20

What size Nalgene water bottles will fit in the mesh pockets?

Asked by: northernson
​We recommend a 32 oz. bottle as the maximum size for the mesh side pockets.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30

Can this or another size be used as a personal item on an airplane? I know there are different rules per airline but is this a safe bet?

Asked by: aharling12
Typical carry on dimensions equal 45 liner inches (L + W + H). This 25 liter pack will meet that requirement. We recommend contacting your specific airline for additional details.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-03

Will a 15 inch iMac laptop fit/

Asked by: dph1
Although a 15" MacBook will fit in this bag, there is no designated laptop sleeve.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-29
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