REI Starlite Pack
Source: bought it new
Solid pack, well-balanced, durable. Have used it several times a year for the last five years without any visible signs of wear - just dirt.
- Value for money
- Load balance
- Provided water reservoir pocket too small to be practical
- Main compartment diameter a tad small
I've been using this pack for five years now as my primary weekender. It's a very good pack, especially for the money. It's designed/labeled a women's pack, but as a short man I find it the perfect fit for me.
Everything about it is as advertised: bottom access to the sleeping bag compartment is good. Zippers have never snagged or parted. Main compartment is "expandable." Two exterior pockets hold a surprising amount of stuff. Lid pockets are good; I can even access the outer pocket without removing the pack. Two stuff pockets near the bottom are good for water bottles.
Only quibbles I have are with the water reservoir pocket - which is technically one of the outer, side pockets and much too small to be useful in that capacity - and the main compartment's diameter - which is just small enough to make fitting my bear canister a little challenging. Neither of these issues has ever really slowed me down; they just aren't perfect. Load balance and sit are excellent, straps are all easily and endlessly adjustable.
Overall, this is an excellent pack.
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This new REI women's multi-day backpack for on- and off-trail excursions is feature rich yet value oriented. Contoured, padded shoulder straps with breathable panels plus angled waistbelt that cups hip bones offer carrying comfort. Load-lifter straps and sternum strap help balance your pack while dual aluminum stays distribute the weight evenly. Organize your gear in the top-loading main compartment, floating top security pocket, two side pockets and front essentials pocket. Two large side zip pockets stash it all, large enough for fuel bottles on the inside and a fishing pole strapped behind. Right pocket is hydration compatible, with a tube exit port and hanging toggles it can hold a 2-liter reservoir, sold separately. Externally accessible sleeping bag compartment with a zip-away internal divider handles bulky bags. Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying. Single tool loop, front daisy chain and four accessory points for lashing on additional gear. Dual mesh side pockets are each large enough to hold a 1-liter bottle. With a ''rip-and-stick'' torso adjustment, shoulder strap system easily slides on pack's frame to fit torsos of varying lengths. Durable molded foam backpanel has channels for air circulation, increasing ventilation to keep your back cool and dry. Made of lightweight yet tough 420-denier nylon ripstop, 600-denier polyester and 840-denier ballistic nylon bottom for durability.