REI Alpine 35 Plus Pack
I own over a dozen packs. This, BY FAR, was the very…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90
I own over a dozen packs. This, BY FAR, was the very best. I spent two months out on each of four separate trips (8 months total) AND used it for every weekend getaway at home. It accommodated anything and everything -- as spacious as checked roller/handle luggage, yet always slipped right through security.
- Comfortable straps, waistbelt.
- Amazing loadlifters.
- Full front panel load, dual zippers on every compartment for easy locking.
- Cinch straps and sleeping bag loops made for easy stowing.
- Two massive easily accessible side pockets.
- Front connected daybag organizer.
- Daybag is sewn in on the bottom, for no reason. A quick fix tho, and you have a detachable purse sized organizer.
The ONLY issue I've ever had with this exceptionally well-built, 8-year-old part of my soul is that it was stolen in San Francisco last year. And I have scoured every site, without luck. I've purchased over a dozen different brands and styles, but nothing compares. Any help or direction to a secret bunker of discontinued REI Alpine packs would be much appreciated. I would give 5 times its worth to avoid the frustration on my next stint in 2 weeks.
Here's what other sites are saying:
With its spacious main compartment and ample pockets, our classic REI pack keeps gear organized for summer and winter hikes or adventures on campus. Features surface-mounted front pocket buckle, simple daisy chain and two side pockets providing ample room for gear or books. Front pocket features a key clip and an organizer for pencils, pens, calculator, wallet, note pads and other essentials. Large internal hydration pocket holds almost any size reservoir (sold separately) and features exit port on top of pack. Molded foam backpanel is covered with a layer of suspension mesh that's cool and comfortable; plus, it sheds snow and leaves the dirt behind. Foam-padded, curved shoulder straps with sternum strap and comfort edge binding let you comfortably carry the load. Self-equalizing, foam-padded waistbelt wings wrap snugly around hips, adding comfort and stability on the trail. Side compression straps help secure and stabilize the load for skiing or hiking on uneven terrain. Includes a haul loop for easy grasping and an adjustable ice axe/tool loop to securely hold tools or poles. Special buy.
- REI refers to the men's version