REI Ridgeline 65
Design: Top Loading along with "J" zipper front Internal
Size: 65 liters
Number of Pockets: 2 main with 2 on waist as well
Max. Load Carried: 55lbs
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Price Paid: $155
I bought this pack to replace my father's old external boyscout pack i was borrowing. So far it has been a WONDERFUL pack. Let me explain who i am and what i bought it for then give it a review.
I bought it for 3 to 6 day hikes both here in the USA East Coast and also for a 5month trip to New Zealand. I am 6'3" and about 225lbs, decent shape avid jogger and outdoors man but just pretty big. A big problem I had in finding packs was finding one that had a long enough torso so that I could distribute the weight on my hips.
This pack with the velcro adjustable shoulders and long waist allows all the adjustment needed to fit just about anyone. I just returned form a 5 day stint on the AT with 2 other friends. I had this pack full, with a 4 man tent strapped on outside strap rings, full of mine and one of my friends clothes, and then water sometimes up to 4 liters in total. Fully packed it weighted a total of 53lbs. And it held it all beautifully and comfortably. I had this thing on my back from 8 am till 7pm for all 5 days not once did it get uncomfortable.
J loading zipper was very handy
Handled heavy loads well
Had enough room for everything i needed
Adjustable to fit all sizes
Not enough compaction straps
Bottom rings to strap tent were to loose and caused it to wiggle as i walked, an extra strap through waist belt area fixed it.
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The REI Ridgeline 65 technical pack is a great choice for multiday adventures. At this price, you may want to act quick. Perimeter-style, lightweight tubular aluminum frame provides structure without restricting movement, and it keeps pack weight low. ActivMotion hipbelt pivots as you move, delivering a balanced load by keeping it centered and stable as you move over uneven terrain. Precurved waistbelt is designed to wrap hip bones for a natural fit from day 1. Hipbelt webbing system allows you to use a natural forward pulling motion for quick, easy cinching and precise adjustment. Precurved shoulder straps match your anatomy for non-binding comfort on and off the trail. Durable molded-foam back panel is designed to improve body contact comfort, with channels for air circulation to keep your back cool and dry. Rip-and-stick torso adjustment lets you dial in a precise fit for a variety of torso lengths. Enjoy dual access through the top-loading opening and the J-shaped, zippered, front-panel opening; zipper is water resistant. Removable top lid pocket with water-repellent zipper lets you stash your essentials to bring into tent, so pack can stay outside or in vestibule. Hydration-compatible design features an internal reservoir sleeve and dual exit ports for drinking tube; hydration reservoir not included. Side compression straps secure both large and small loads for increased stability. 2 side pockets-1 zip and 1 mesh-hold water bottles, energy bars and other essentials you want close at hand. Hipbelt pocket stores those small essentials you want at your finger tips such as lip balm and sunscreen. Lash points on the other side of hipbelt let you attach camera and GPA pouches. Quick release straps on bottom of pack let you attach sleeping pad; tool attachment points on front of pack lash on trekking poles and ice axes.