REI Alpine 50 Plus Pack
Like most REI-brand backpacks (I have four including…
Design: internal-frame daypack
Size: 2500 cu. in. (approx.)
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 20 pounds
Height of Owner: 6 feet
Price Paid: $59
Like most REI-brand backpacks (I have four including this one) this pack is well made and reasonably priced. It has enough room to hold the gear one needs for long dayhikes and snow-season use (snowshoeing/skiing). It has an internal frame and very comfortable padding. The main compartment has a mesh pocket which runs the entire length of the pack from top to bottom and allows you to divide your gear into two seperate areas.
The shoulder straps have load lifters and the hipbelt has 2-inch wide straps, not 1 1/2 inch like most packs of this size, so it fits better. It comes in regular and large sizes and red or navy blue. I would still recommend it even if it was more expensive.
Here's what other sites are saying:
With its spacious main compartment and ample pockets, this 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. Ski slots behind the side pockets and side lash tabs let you carry skis to the trailhead and beyond. Large internal hydration pocket will hold 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.