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.