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REI Starlite Pack

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Solid pack, well-balanced, durable. Have used it several…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

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.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Durability
  • Load balance

Cons

  • 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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REI Starlite Pack

Discontinued

The Starlite Pack has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$114.93 - $145.00

The REI Starlite Pack is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 12, 2008 at REI.

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