User Review: REI Mars 80
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
Super awesome pack, great for hiking. Don't worry about the weight as the hip straps are awesome. The duffle bag feature is great as well.
- Plenty of storage
- Can open like a duffle bag
- The hydration pack sleeve is a little small
- Very large, not for hyperlite hiking at all
The REI Mars 80 has multiple sizing options so fit is always taylorable and makes the bag extremely comfortable. This was my first larger pack and I am super happy with it. It has a sleeping bag compartment which is nice.
I just took it on a weekend trip in 80 degree weather and it was still comfortable and didn't heat me up too much. I even wore it shirtless and the mesh was comfortable. There are plenty of different compartments which is nice but not so many that you can never remember where you put everything. There aren't any loops on the outside so if you want to hang things from it this is not the backpack for you.
All in all a great buy. Good price and awesome quality.