User Review: REI Men's Lookout 40 Pack
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45 on sale
Great day hiking and travel pack. Overnight, though, it's lacking.
- Larger main pocket.
- Lid pocket is just the right size
- Hip belt pockets rock!
- U-shaped zipper opens downward (kind of a con)
- Side pockets make pack overly wide
My version of the lookout is about 3/4 years old. Back then, REI did place toggles near the top of the bladder sleeve inside the pack. Honestly, though, I've never used them. I've taken the pack as a carry-on from Montreal to El Paso, as it easily carries a weeks with of clothing and gear and still fits beneath the seat of a 737.
I've also taken the pack on several overnighters on the AT and Tuscarora. It easily fits my 45 degree bag, bivy, food, cookset, and rain gear. All told, I believe I had about 20 pounds of gear in there.
My only real gripe is, in order to use the pack's full 42 liters, the side pockets become so stuffed that my arms hit them while hiking. Not a big problem on trail, but annoying when things get steep or narrow.