EMS Packable Pack



Have you ever been backpacking and needed a smaller,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: top loading daypack
Size: 1500 cu. in. according to EMS website
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 15
Height of Owner: 6 ft
Price Paid: $24

Have you ever been backpacking and needed a smaller, stowable pack for exploring the area or bagging a nearby peak? Or travelling and just needed a no-frills pack in a pinch? This pack from EMS fits the bill.

It packs down real small (grapefruit sized), has a surprising amount of storage space and two exterior mesh pockets which hold 1 liter sized bottles or extra clothing, if desired. There is a large main compartment and a hydration sleeve inside as well. A simple drawstring and stopper cinches the main compartment closed. A top lid covers the main compartment and it has a small zippered pocket for holding your keys and wallet, etc., (it also doubles as the pocket in which the pack stuffs into).

The material is strong, lightweight, stitched well and the shoulder straps are comfortable even without padding. It is not water resistent but the material does dry quickly.

This pack is plenty compact to throw in a backpack, in your car, in your luggage, you get the point. This compares to the REI Flash 18 and I believe the EMS is better constructed and more functional than the REI brand.

EMS Packable Pack


The EMS Packable Pack is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 26, 2015 at EMS.

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