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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
  • Interchangeable 3D contoured hipbelt with sculpted foam padding hugs your body for a perfect fit and all-day comfort
  • REI hybrid trampoline 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
  • 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
  • J zip pocket on the front panel plus a drawstring opening on top offer easy access to items throughout the pack
  • Removable top lid converts to 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)
66 liters
70 liters
74 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
4,028 cubic inches
4,272 cubic inches
4,516 cubic inches
4 lbs. 10 oz.
4 lbs. 13 oz.
5 lbs.
Weight - Metric
2098 grams
2183 grams
2268 grams
Adjustable Torso Yes
Fits Torso
17 - 19 inches
18 - 20 inches
19 - 21 inches
Fits Waist/Hips
30 - 40 inches
32 - 42 inches
34 - 46 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 Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well designed/ Well made pack I am very happy that I bought this pack. The material is durable, there are plenty of compartments, and the fit is superb. There are many different ways to customize the fit and put the load in the right spot. Plus, it comes with a rain cover AND the top brain converts into a daypack. Along with REI's warranty service, these are the reasons why I find this pack to be such a great deal. My one issue is that the side pockets are a bit difficult to access while the pack is on. Also, when the pack is full, you cant fit many big things like nalgene bottles in them. That is not a dealbreaker for me and other than that, I love everything else about the pack.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this pack! I've used it on a couple of trips now and just love the high quality, smart features and comfort. This bag was clearly designed by folks who have backpacked and they found a way to add all important items so the bag rides comfortably as well as the little features that backpackers are looking for like multiple zipped openings so one can access the main compartment and the lower part of the brain with a few easy zips. My only lament is that the side pouches are just a little too high for me to reach back and grab a water bottle; almost put my shoulder out trying. However, taking everything into account (including the purchase price), I would have to say that this is a top-of-the-line bag and I'm looking forward to many adventures with this. See my pics.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for backpacking When preparing for an 8-night High Sierra trip last summer, I was choosing between 3 packs: this REI Traverse, Osprey Aether, and Gregory Baltoro. Based on comfort, I was torn between Traverse and Aether. The lower price point of Traverse broke the tie. And I've been very happy with this choice. My starting pack weight was 58 pounds. We covered 50-60 miles, and I felt great. This pack handled the weight well. It felt sturdy, and I never felt sore. And it was nice that the rain cover kept my pack dry in a torrential downpour / hailstorm. Also, I was able to fit the large Bear Vault inside the pack with all my other gear. This pack held up great for the trip!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack!! This is an amazing pack! I took this backpacking through Peru and felt that it had everything I needed. The included rain cover is helpful, as are the weight straps on the sides. I felt that the bag was sturdy and was big enough to carry everything I needed. I love that the top comes off and can be made into a daypack. Highly recommend this pack!
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pack I've Ever Owned Period! I got this pack at my local REI. I went in to get another pack due to my Gregory Savant 58L hip strap broke and needed a pack right away for an upcoming trip. I went in not knowing which brand however I knew I needed something a little bigger. After trying on a few packs I was sold on this one for a few reasons. 1. Fit: It fits great ( much like an Osprey IMO). 2. Price: Other top brands that offer the same where at least $100 more than this one. 3. Versatility: lots of pockets and an all around great layout for a pack. 4. Quality: This pack is as good quality as any other pack out there. 5. Size: A 70 liter is the perfect size for me. I packed this thing full for my trip last week and held up just fine. The hip and side pockets are stretchy material which is great for trying to get those bulkier items in place such as water bottles etc..also they are at an angle so its easy access to your water bottles. 6. Color: This is purely a personal thing but I really like the color. Other things to note: Loaded this to the top with about 41 pounds to and the pack felt great the whole way through. The way the strap system works is a great design. It really gives your pack a clean packed down sleek and functional feeling. It's hard to describe, you;ll have to check it out yourself. I cannot say enough good things about this backpack. The list goes on and on. If you are thinking of buying it then you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Pack!!!!! Prior to purchasing this bag I spent hours trying out various bags such as the Osprey Aether and the Gregory Baltoro. I initially purchased the Baltoro as it felt comfortable w/ weights and walking around with it for an hour inside the store, however, when I took it on a "mini" backpacking trip (5 miles) w/35 lbs to test out the gear I was disappointed. The padding at the shoulder straps and at the hips gave me sore spots - no matter how much I adjusted/loosened the straps and torso length, so I returned it, and purchased this bag, the REI Traverse 70. This bag blew me away! I recently did a 16 mile backpacking trip on the West Rim at Zion National Park and it performed fantastically. My pack weight came out to 47lbs because I had to carry 8 liters of water. I wasn't sure if the springs were running along the trail, so I thought I'd better be safe than sorry. My expectations were exceeded and the level of comfort it provided was astonishing. The soft and extra padding at the hips (very important as majority of the weight will be resting at the hips) and shoulders provided an unbelievable level of comfort. With some minor adjustments to the hip and shoulder straps I was on my way- no pain, no soreness at the hips, back, or shoulders. The 47lbs I carried felt more like 25-30lbs. I'm 5'9 and 160lbs w/ an average build and purchased the medium. For me, this backpack performed like a dream. The comfort level of this pack may differ depending on your build, but give it a try. REI returns policy is amazing so if you're not satisfied then you have the freedom to return/exchange it for something that suits you better. This pack deserves an A+ in my book.
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome !! Really enjoyed using this pack, had a great fit and form to my back, and had plenty of room or needed essentials while backpacking. It also came with a rain cover. The quality was great. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't give five stars easily. This is my new go-to pack for any backcountry adventure lasting three or more days. I own several packs ranging from 40-80L, and this traverse pack literally may replace all of those. The reason you can still use this pack comfortably, even when its barely full, is due to the compression system. The uplift straps take away any shifting of gear inside the pack and keep the weight centered on the lumbar pad. The hybrid-trampoline style, mesh back panel effectively nullifies any pressure points that may occur where the shoulder straps meet the pack, and offers great breathability. The quality construction is obvious, but attention to detail is evident in the true dovetail style perimeter frame. The frame design is complemented well by a firm, but breathable, and well contoured hipbelt that literally moves with the motion of your hips as you walk. (This is very similar to the frame of the Gregory Baltoro/Deva models) the dovetail does a really good job of distributing weight evently across the connection with the lumbar pad, but accomplishes equal amount of comfort to the Baltoro, with less weight and materials (and $). THE J- POCKET IS THE BOMB. It accomplishes the function of a side panel pocket and a sleeping bag pocket with two zipper pulls on one J-shaped zipper. I enjoy the fact that there are no buckles in the way of the zipper like on the Traverse 48, so accessing the interior of the pack is straightforward and speedy. Bottom line, any load in this pack from my solo base pack weight of 20 pounds to my dead-of-winter group back country setup of almost 40 pounds, fits with more than enough space, and the comfort of the pack is more than enough for my tastes. One downside I've heard from people who are used to the Osprey Atmos AG suspension system, is that the pressure from the contact of the lumbar pad is obviously more when compared to a full trampoline suspension system, and I could understand how they perceive it as uncomfortable.
Date published: 2016-04-24
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I was sized at REI for a small Baltoro. Would this pack fit in the same size or should I get sized separately?

Asked by: sacsunguy
If you click on the "size chart" you can get your answer and avoid having to actually go into the store for a fitting.
Answered by: GuitarDoc
Date published: 2017-04-02

Will a 4L msr dromedary fit in the hydration sleeve? If not, what kind of bladder would be recommendable for the sleeve?

Asked by: Clat
The 4L Dromedary bag is too large to fit in the hydration sleeve in the Traverse 70 pack. A 3 liter reservoir will be a good fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-13

I need to check this pack onto an airline. What is the best choice for a protective airport bag for this pack?

Asked by: Mike93
The REI Pack Duffel Bag is a great option for transporting your Traverse 70 pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-09

Is the exterior and/or zippers of this pack water proof or water resistant? I see that it comes with a rain cover but am wondering what type of precipitation the pack itself is capable of handling.

Asked by: swmurphy27
The zippers on the Traverse 70 Pack are water resistant. They are not waterproof. Without the rain cover, the pack can stand up to light rain.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-27

new to backpacking, still learning fit and adjustments for the best comfort/ had pack fitted at REI, hiked a 6 miler, and I have some bruising in my lower back from the lumbar on the pack-is this normal at first? or could I have the lumbar too high??

Asked by: otherthan
It is possible the lumbar pad on the Traverse 70 could be hitting you in the wrong spot. The link below will provide you with additional information on adjusting the fit of your pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-19

How would i go about cleaning my treverse back pack 70liter

Asked by: Charliefox15
We recommend spot cleaning with a sponge and soap when necessary. Additionally, if you need to deep clean your backpack, we recommend cleaning it in your bathtub or with a garden hose. This article may be helpful as well:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-02

Is the color of the REI Traverse 70 pack the same green as the Traverse 70 currently in the stores? The packs in the stores seem to be a much darker green than the one shown on the webpage. Thanks.

Asked by: IrishRover
​The color of the Traverse 70 Pack is the same in stores as it is online.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-13

Does this pack have two zippers for all compartments; so if I wanted to lock them I could?

Asked by: GalacticTraveler007
The zippers are not lockable on the Traverse 70 pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27
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