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  • The REI UpLift™ compression system improves your balance by pulling the load up and in, close to your center of gravity
  • Suspended mesh back panel circulates fresh air where it's needed most; it also provides a comfortable fit that conforms to your body
  • Internal ABS plastic framesheet provides lightweight structure and support, while also protecting your back from protruding gear
  • Hipbelt features sculpted foam, ventilation channels and zip pockets
  • Padded mesh-covered shoulder straps include cutouts that act as vents
  • Rear stuff pocket includes a drain hole, so you can stow rain gear and other wet items
  • Special tuck-away fasteners on the back hold trekking-pole tips down low and pole shafts up high
  • Pack has a separate pocket with a tube port for a hydration reservoir (sold separately)
  • Side pockets offer quick access to bottles and other essentials
  • Lid's zip pocket includes a key clip


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Best Use Hiking
Bag Style Backpack
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L)
28 liters
29 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
1,709 cubic inches
1,770 cubic inches
2 lb. 6 oz.
2 lbs. 8 oz.
Weight - Metric
1.08 kilograms
1.13 kilograms
Fits Torso
18 - 20 inches
19 - 21 inches
Fits Waist/Hips
30 - 44 inches
32 - 46 inches
Material(s) Nylon
Frame Material ABS plastic sheet
Suspended Mesh Back Panel Yes
Pack Access Panel
Number of Exterior Pockets 1
24 x 12 x 10 inches
25 x 12 x 10 inches
Gender Men's
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pack Comfortable and effective suspension. Great semi-floating stowage pocket. Gripes: 1. Hip belt pockets are adequate but not great - when will pack designers realize that we tend to put square things into the curved hip belt pockets? iPhone 6 will easily fit in hip belt pocket... provided that you don't actually use the hip belt. This seems like such an easy fix that no pack designer has figured out yet. Simply add a little bit more material at the forward and rear portions of the hip belt pockets so that there's enough pocket material to accommodate a flat object when worn. 2. Main zipper opening is too narrow. need to make the zipper just a bit longer for easier acces. 3. The pocket is made of 2 layers of fairly thick rip stop nylon. REI could have added a zipper or Velcro flap for a little more storage. Overall, I like this pack and would recommend it. My gripes are fairly subjective and the pack is solidly constructed and comfortably carries all that I ask of it.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for local dayhikes This is a pretty good daypack. It has a firm back that ventilates pretty well. Its made of a heavy-duty fabric that's pretty durable. The straps are comfortable, although I wish the waistbelt was a little wider. THe waist belt does have zippered pockets, which is nice for holding gloves or other essentials. The side pockets are nice for water bottles, sunscreen, or an umbrella (you can reach it without unslinging your pack) but things do tend to fall out if you lean over. I'm not a fan of the rear pocket, and I think it could've been better designed: my quarter-folded raincoat doesn't fit smoothly. The body of the pack is only OK- it's a little narrow, and the hydration sleeve doesn't readily fit my 3L camelback reservoir. If I could add one thing, it would be another small interior pocket near the top of the pack. I use this when I go for nearby dayhikes, when I only need it to carry my first aid kit, a shemagh, some snacks, and maybe a raincoat. I intended to take it with me for some dayhikes on a trip to Europe, but I changed my mind at the last minute and took a slightly wider, larger-volume pack (I'm glad I did).
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Day Pack At 6'-3" I find it difficult to find a pack that rides where it should. Most bags result in a waste belt that crosses my belly instead of my waste. The Traverse 28 (Size L) seemed to fit like a glove in the store. It's first trip was a day of xc skiing this past weekend. With an average to small load (1 liter of water, extra hats, jacket, gloves, snacks...<10 lbs) I honestly forgot it was there. While I wouldn't think of using it for an overnight trip it has more than enough room for your standard day hike needs and it's comfort beats anything I've used before. If you're looking for a bag which might dance the line between day pack and overnight bag I tried on the Osprey Stratos 36 at the store. It fit like a dream and appeared to have plenty of space and great construction, but I was in the market for a day pack and couldn't justify spending the extra $50.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from REI Traverse 28 - Men's Day pack Purchased pack recently and used for a day hike up Saddle mountain near seaside last weekend. Back pack was comfortable for the hike and held up fine. Got the pack with an REI member discount and am pleased with the fit and quality. I got excellent help at the REI Tanasbourne store from a patient REI employee to ensure that I got the right sized pack that was appropriate for my size.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable mile after mile Simply put, this is the most comfortable daypack I've ever used. I'm 6'4" 180lbs and the Large fits just right. The waist straps hit at the right point and do a good job of taking the weight off of my shoulders, the lumbar support is a nice touch, and the mesh back keeps me dry(ish). Add in a very stable load, and you've got comfort mile after mile. There are a few features that come up short. The top-load design means it's hard to fish items out of the bottom, and the expandable back pocket is really too tight and narrow to carry anything sizable (maybe a light jacket at most). There are also features that REI gets spot on. The pole attachments on the back are well designed for scrambling, and the waist pockets are well designed. Not a perfect pack, but certainly a supremely comfortable one on the trail.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liking my Traverse 28 I bought this pack earlier in the Spring and have had it out on a few X-country ski outings and several hikes. I was attracted to the narrower profile. I like the fit and all the adjustment options. I was able to get this in the Large size which puts the waist belt right where I want it, not an option with many of the other day packs i looked at. I find it rides comfortably on my back. I am happy with the narrower profile. This pack does just what i wanted it to do. It carries a 2L hydration reservoir without pushing it into my back, thanks to the mesh back support. I still have room for a shell, vest, gloves, hat and snacks for the day. The additional pocketing is also just right for me, easy access to a water bottle for the dog. I am really happy with this pack so far!
Date published: 2016-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried many packs. This one was the best for me. I was on a quest to find the perfect pack. Most the packs I tried put to much pressure on my shoulders, and/or the various compartments, etc. didn't work for me. Because of how picky I became as I was on my quest, my wife made fun of me. But when I went to REI "again", I told the person helping me what I was looking for, and the challenges I was having, and she suggested I try this pack. After using it on 6 all day hikes, I must say it is the perfect pack, at least for me. I like how the different storage areas are placed, and I love the compression straps to limit any shifting of the pack, while I'm hiking. I also generally bring my fly fish pole, and other gear with me, and it easily handles what I need, with no pressure on my shoulders. I was carrying 22 pounds yesterday, and I almost forgot it was on my pack. Again, it's a great pack for me, so if your looking for a pack, I would suggest at least looking at this one.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Ok... Its a nice pack. A little too skinny. I wish I could put my bike helmet in it. The pockets on the waist band are far enough back that I can't easily get to them. The semi rigid frame is nice. Keeps a little ventilation going on the back. Not too gaudy. The pull in straps on top of the main straps are a bit silly. Once they are adjusted, they don't need to move unless you suddenly grow a few inches. Having them run down the shoulder straps make them look technical but serve no purpose. It's a good day pack, what it was designed for. It's not for thru hiking.
Date published: 2017-02-17
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Just purchased a Traverse 28, NPS edition. &nbsp;Looking the pack over here at home, I am puzzled by the apparent &quot;load lifters&quot; on the front straps. &nbsp;What is their intended function? &nbsp;Can I just cut them off? &nbsp;not mentioned in any literature or video

Asked by: hikermor
The UpLift&trade; Compression straps are designed to pull the pack load up and in, closer to your center of gravity, to improve your balance and stability. We do not recommend cutting them off.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-20

Does this pack have a max load rating?

Asked by: EBars
The comfort range on the Traverse 28 Pack is 20 to 30 pounds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-26

The video says there's an accessories pocket on the top flap. Is there another one on the inside of the pack to store things like a wallet, keys, phone that I'd like to have in a more secure location than on top?

Asked by: Richard S
This pack does not have an internal organizer pocket in the main compartment; there is only a hydration sleeve pocket. However, there are small zippered pockets on the hip belt for additional storage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

is it legal as an airplane carry on?

Asked by: garym
This pack measures 25 x 12 x 10 inches. Most airlines require a piece of carry-on luggage to be no bigger than 45 linear inches (L + W + H) to meet carry-on size restrictions. This can vary so please check with your airline ahead of time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-04

Can I wash this backpack in the washer and dryer?&nbsp;

Asked by: DreamPSYience
REI does not recommend machine washing packs . Hand wash with warm soapy water. Use a soft brush, rinse with clean water, hang or lay flat to dry.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-26

Does this pack come with a rain cover? If not which one do you recommend to use with it?

Asked by: micghig
The Traverse 28 Pack does not come with a rain cover. We recommend the REI Duck's Back Rain Cover in a 40 liter size:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-26

What size hydration pack can this backpack take?

Asked by: Geoflt
The Traverse 28 Pack can hold a hydration reservoir up to 3 liters/100 oz.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-16

What are the dimensions on the waist pockets? I want to be able to store my phone (iphone 6 PLUS) in the pocket for not only camera access on day hikes but also use this bag for a personal item at the airport (not filled to capacity for that purpose).

Asked by: bbails22
The hipbelt pockets on the Traverse 28 Pack measure approximately 5.5 x 2.5 inches. An iPhone 6+ is too big. An iPhone 5s just barely fits.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-26
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