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  • REI UpLift™ Compression technology pulls the pack load up and in, closer to your center of gravity, to improve your balance and stability
  • Suspended mesh back panel conforms to your body for a comfortable fit, while the ventilation helps keep your back dry even when you're working up a sweat
  • Adjustable torso ensures the pack can fit a range of back lengths
  • Interchangeable 3D contoured hipbelt with sculpted foam padding hugs your body for a perfect fit and all-day comfort
  • REI ActivMotion™ hipbelt pivots to keep the pack upright as you move over uneven terrain, helping you maintain balance
  • Padded mesh shoulder straps with body-mapped ventilation windows and clean bonded construction offer all-day comfort and breathability
  • Drawstring opening on top and a J zipper on the front panel offer easy access to items throughout the pack, including the bottom
  • Removable top lid turns into a daypack or shoulder bag for short trips from camp
  • 2 long zippered pockets and a stuff-it pouch on the front hold gear you need to reach quickly
  • Spacious hipbelt pockets let you keep a phone, camera or snacks at your fingertips
  • Twin tool loops, trekking pole tip grips and upper tool keepers provide multiple carry options for tools and poles; loops and tip grips tuck away when not in use
  • Lash points at the bottom let you strap additional gear to the outside of the pack
  • Lightweight 210-denier nylon Cordura body and 630-denier nylon bottom fabric offer heavy-duty protection and durability
  • Integrated rain cover can be deployed in wet weather to help keep the pack and its contents dry
  • Hydration-compatible design features a tube holder on the shoulder strap (reservoir sold separately)


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Best Use Backpacking
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L)
61 liters
65 liters
69 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
3,722 cubic inches
3,967 cubic inches
4,211 cubic inches
4 lbs. 4 oz.
4 lbs. 7 oz.
4 lbs. 10 oz.
Weight - Metric
1928 grams
2013 grams
2070 grams
Adjustable Torso Yes
Fits Torso
15 - 17 inches
16 - 18 inches
17 - 19 inches
Fits Waist/Hips
26 - 36 inches
28 - 38 inches
30 - 42 inches
Material(s) Ripstop nylon
Frame Material Aluminum
Number of Stays 1 peripheral hoop
Suspended Mesh Back Panel Yes
Pack Access Top/side/bottom
Number of Exterior Pockets 9 + main compartment
Raincover Included Yes
Removable Daypack Yes
Gender Women's
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack! I bought this pack to replace an old one that was just too heavy and did not fit right. This one is fantastic! I have used it on two backpacking trips so far, and love the design and features. Finding a pack in an XS size for a woman is hard, so I was really happy to find this. I pack about 25 pounds of gear in this and it is very comfortable. The uplift straps make a big difference in the fit. I appreciate that I can run my hydration pack hose out either the left or right of the pack. If I had to find a drawback, it would be that the hip belt zipper pockets are not a touch longer. They do hold an iPhone 6S, which is a convenient spot for it.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable Pack With a Few Design Flaws I recently traded in my Osprey Ariel 55 after 10 months for the REI Traverse 65. I found the Ariel to be bulky and awkward and despite being properly fitting it hurt my back, so I was looking for a lightweight and comfortable pack. I've found every REI pack I've ever tried to be comfortable so I decided to start there and since REI has been blowing up my email with ads shout the Traverse lately I decided to start there, and ultimately chose it. After a few days with the pack I've come to some conclusions about it. Pros: lightweight, comfortable, plenty of pockets, Uplift compression straps Cons: Somewhat aesthetically boring, front pocket placement/design, hip pocket size/placement, could use more loops for carabiners. I spent some time with the sales manager at my local REI fitting and adjusting this pack before I purchased it. Upon first impression I was underwhelmed, until he showed me the Uplift compression straps. They really do make a difference in weight distribution and were a huge selling point for me. Despite having a larger capacity and being very similar in weight, the Traverse feels very light, a trend I've noticed with REI packs. It is also very comfortable which is where I was officially sold. I've loaded it down with my entire gear kit, threw in a few random items to add some weight, and still found it to be light and comfortable and there was still leftover space - thanks to the many pockets this pack boasts. It doesn't have a sleeping bag compartment, but I'm finding that I don't miss it. It's also easy enough to access my sleeping bag with the zipper entry at the bottom of the pack. That being said, I have found a few flaws with the pack. While I love the navy blue color, which is one of my favorites, I overall found the pack to be aesthetically boring with little color or branding, other than the logo at the top and name at the bottom, as well as a few contrast colors. The solid color makes the various straps blend in and almost seem difficult to find, I would've have accented them by making them the teal blue that the logos and accents are. The pack features to long, slender exterior pockets that I find somewhat confusing. I switched the rain cover to one of them as I found its position to block the water bottle pockets, but beyond that I can't really fathom what I would store in them, and they don't seem to add much to the pack. Lastly I found the hip belt pockets to be very small and to hit in a weird spot. My headlamp, which I always store in my hip pocket, barely fit and due to the position it rubs against my arm. I also would have liked to see more loops for clipping things on the outside, perhaps a row of daisy chains. Despite the few flaws I noted, I'm overall very satisfied with this pack and as I explore it more it's further grows on me. It alleviates the issues I had with my former Osprey, and the problems I noted with it are minor and mostly cosmetic, in no way hinder functionality. I got it on sale as well thanks to the manager honoring the Anniversary Sale price a few days early which was awesome!! Love my local REI.
Date published: 2016-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Pack! I purchased this pack after researching for a long time. I chose this pack for many reasons and I love it so far. In only 3 months I have used this pack on backpacking trips in the Green Mountains, Adirondacks, and a section hike on the AT in Connecticut. This pack has everything I wanted and the price is an added bonus, getting all of these specs with another brand would add probably another $100 to the price. REI also has great customer service. The back panel is very comfortable and that is one of the most important parts for me. The uplift straps and other compression straps are great at keeping all of my gear snug up against me, even when I used it for a day hike from our base camp. I originally thought I was going to miss having a sleeping bag compartment but I haven't even thought about it and really enjoy the J-zipper for easy access without having to un-clip the brain. The two vertical pockets are perfect for my GPS, water filter, stove, buff, and other things I want easy access to. In the other one I put my fuel bottle in it (MSR 20 fl oz & 30 fl oz fuel bottles fit). The hip belt pockets aren't giant but I can fit my multi-tool/knife, some cliff blok energy chews, and a well folded map. My phone (for good pictures) does not fit in the hip belt pockets but I can easily reach the brain without taking off my pack so no big complaints there. I don't really care about the color of my gear but the navy is nice since it is a simple color, doesn't stand out, and doesn't show mud and dirt stains. I have been lucky enough to not have used this pack in the rain yet but having the included rain cover is good. Overall, I am very pleased with the REI Traverse 65. When I bought it I read the reviews on the men's 70 version (there were none for the women's yet) and those reviews reflect this pack as well as far as design. Great job REI!
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love I purchased this backpack for a camping/hiking trip on Pike's Peak for three days. It was amazing. It fit everything I needed perfectly with some room to spare. I bet you could get away with using this backpack for a week long trip as well. My pack ended up being about 20 lbs. Once I figured out the strap adjustments, it proved to be pretty comfortable after hiking 26 miles! Overall a great pack!
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not great. I have used this pack a few times now so I feel I can leave a fair review. The Pros: The pack feels very light on it's own which helps a lot when I stick my 5lb tent in it! The compression straps are great especially the new uplift ones. It really does help bring the weight closer to you. I absolutely love all the outside pockets. It makes it so much easier to store smaller items that could get lost inside your pack that you don't put in the brain. The water bottle holders are very deep. They definitely secure your bottles from falling out at anytime. I have bent over wearing other packs only to have my water bottle fall right out and on to the ground. Durability. The best thing about this pack. One particular trail I hiked on was sheer misery. So overgrown that half the time I had no idea where the ground was let alone the trail! I had to plow through bushes and fallen trees that stabbed me, pricked me with their thorns, and even tore a bandana I had tied to the front of my pack right off without me ever even knowing it! I was sure my pack was going to have some battle wounds. Nope. Not one scratch. Now that is a durable pack! The Cons: Even though the water bottle holders are slanted more "to allow better access" they really don't. I still have to twist my arm off to reach them and then have to wrap my other arm around when putting it back to pull it out a little so I could use my other arm to put it in. It is a task and is very annoying. The hip belt pockets are too small. The padding in the hip belts buldge where the pockets are and basically take away from you being able to store more in them. They could have added extra material to the pockets to account for the buldge. I carry a small Nikon point and shoot camera and it is a squeeze to get it in there and nothing else will fit with it. Lastly, and to me the most frustrating thing about this pack are the straps on the bottom outside that most people attach their sleeping pads to. Instead of the lower strap connecting to the pack from the bottom front, they connect from underneath the bottom of the pack and wrap around to the front. This causes anything you attach to it to sit more under the pack than in front of it. I attach my foam sleeping pad to it. I can't sit the pack down on it's own, I have to prop it against something because the pad underneath causes it to fall over. When loading my pack, I use to put my pad onto my other packs first so it would prop the pack up for me so I didn't need to lean it against anything. Now the pad is the last thing I put on it to prevent it from falling over and spilling my gear out. It really drives me crazy and I can't figure out why REI would ever design it that way. Overall, the durability and extra room provided by the outside pockets have won me over. It is a great pack even though twisting my arm to get a drink and my pack falling over with my pad attached is annoying, I just deal.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, functional pack I just got into backpacking last summer and went to REI to get fitted for a pack. This was definitely the most comfortable for me compared to the comparable models. I've taken it on 3 trips now and have no complaints besides the few minor ones that the other reviewers have mentioned. The hip pockets are indeed small and the side water bottle pockets are hard to reach without assistance from a companion. The pros far outweigh those few faults. The uplift is fantastic for those heavy loads. The detachable 'brain' is great for smaller day hikes from camp. The vertical exterior pockets are helpful for those stray things that get lost in the depths of your pack (headlamp, poncho, spork, extra layers, etc.) The rain cover has come in handy more than once and stuffs away to not be noticeable when you don't need it. Overall, this pack made my first summer of backpacking very enjoyable! Looking forward to many more years with this baby.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had my heart set on other brands, but got this I had done a ton of research on the perfect backpack. Thought I'd get an Osprey or Gregory based on everything I was reading. Glad I didn't buy it online because I tried on 6 backpacks at REI until found the REI Traverse 65 the perfect fit. I'm 5'7", but my torso is short. This has an adjustable torso that the REI associate fit for me. I really wanted the fun colored ritzy branded packs, but comfort is most important. If I'm uncomfortable walking around the store, I'd be totally miserable hiking down the Grand Canyon. Doesn't matter how good you look if you're an unhappy camper. The water bottle compartments will hold a large Nagrene bottle (48 oz.) The bottom zippers allow access to the items that have settled in the bottom. Isn't as tall as the others, but I like that. Didn't like a pack high on my pack. Looks like it won't hold as much, but it does. I'm starting to learn that a true backpacker is more about function and less about fashion.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice pack Took it on a day hike and it was comfortable. Can't wait to take it up Pikes Peak!
Date published: 2017-04-25
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Does this pack have a sleeping bag pouch?

Asked by: CinnamonKC
The Traverse 65 pack does not have a sleeping bag compartment.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

My daughter is a slim, 5ft 5in 16.5yr old looking at a 7-10 day Patagonia summer hike.  Before taking actual measurements, can you advise what type of backpack I should have a look at?

Asked by: Patagonia traveler
A pack with a gear capacity of 65 liters or greater would be a good choice for a multi-day summer hike in Patagonia. The Traverse 65 should work well.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-13

Hey I am 5'11'' and if my measurements are right I have a 20'' torso and a 37'' waist/hips will the Medium fit? or should I try to find a pack that comes in a larger size? I am currently in HI and can't come into a store unfortunately. Thanks.

Asked by: MickeyTiger
Based on the information provided, the medium pack should adjust to fit you well.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-09

Hello, I don't live near an REI so I can't try one on in person... but I'm tall (5'10) and thin (130ish lbs). My torso is approx 19" long and my hips about 34-35, and my waist about 26-27... would the Medium pack be too large around the waist/hips?

Asked by: katrine
The medium hipbelt may not a good fit. We have the hipbelt available separately. The hipbelt included with the pack can be returned.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-28

Hi! This pack has all of the specs I'm looking for, but it's a bit big for what I plan to use it for. I know you used to sell a 48L version but it is now no longer available, do you plan to make smaller sizes available again, or can you recommend another?

Asked by: aj1430
As of January 2017, we do not have any plans to make a smaller version of this pack. You may want to consider the Osprey Kyte 46 Pack or the Gregory Amber 44 Pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-03

What size hydration bladder should be used in the XS?

Asked by: Spectacle
The Traverse 65 pack will fit a hydration reservoir up to 100 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-08

My 19 y.o. daughter is 5' 1 1/2" and 115#--petite but strong and fit. Will the XS women's traverse 65 accommodate her physique?

Asked by: TWK
The most important measurements to take into consideration when sizing a backpack are the torso length and waist size. REI puts these measurements in the specs tab on backpacks we sell. The link below is a great article on how to find your torso and hip size for a backpack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-15

What are the dimensions of this bag? Could this be considered a carry-on?

Asked by: cmlhurley
The Traverse 65 pack frame dimensions are 22 x 12 x 10 inches. It could fit carry on restrictions if not overly stuffed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-05
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