User Review: REI Cruise UL 60
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $100
I've had this pack a year, and I've used it for many things. I've dayhiked in the Sierras, Santa Lucia Mtns. and used it as a travel pack, for a flight and cruise. It's the perfect size for an overhead compartment when you take out the stays and remove the hipbelt.
I recently overloaded it on a hot and sweaty climb on the High Peaks Trail in Pinnacles National Monument (it was supposed to be cloudy, cold, and windy). On the less technical sections of the trail it handled the 20 pound load perfectly. I then strapped my partner's 15-pound pack onto the Cruise UL with carabiners and started in on the semi exposed, but with a hand rail climb 600-1000 feet up into the cyclopian lava formed rock formations.
Other than a little sway from the extra pack swinging back and forth, the cruise made the cumbersome load pretty comfortable. I did probably 4 of the 6 miles that way with what ended up being a weekend load, over guide book definition "strenuous" terrain, and all I can really complain about is that the soles of my feet were killing me the next day, but that ain't the packs fault.