REI Stoke 19 Pack
Source: received it as a personal gift
Comfortable day pack with ample storage space! Only drawback is the small bottle pockets.
- Comfortable straps, easy to adjust
- Ample space in the bag for a day trip
- Good construction
- Bottle pockets are too small
I received this day pack as a recent birthday gift. When I first pulled it out of the box I was surprised at how tiny it seemed. It is deceiving though because it can actually hold a lot.
On my first day trip with this pack, I carried 2 lunches, 4 oranges, bug spray, sunscreen, keys, and a couple maps and I would say it was only halfway full. The straps are very easy to adjust and the pack is extremely comfortable. At times I forgot I was wearing it!
I like the fact that it has the large main compartment, a smaller upper compartment perfect for your GPS, maps, and keys, and then it has the easy to access front mesh compartment which is nice for things you want to access and stash quickly like snacks. It also has hip pockets which is perfect for Chapstick or a pocketknife.
I would say the only drawback to the pack are the side water bottle pockets. They are not quite large enough to hold a Nalgene. I purchase some of the 1L Smart water bottles but the pockets are cut on a diagonal so those fell right out. I also purchased some collapsible water bottles but those also fell out.
Finally I settled on 2 Gatorade bottles and those worked for hiking but if I bent over to tie my shoe or something, usually one would fall out. Because the pockets are small, they somewhat limit how much water you can carry if you do not use a bladder.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The streamlined REI Stoke 19 Pack will help keep you hydrated and carry your gear as you fly down trails on foot or bike. Take your multisport fitness training into the great outdoors. Sculpted back foam panel reduces contact areas via multiple peaks and valleys that release vapor; foam structure allows pack to conform to your back for a stable fit. Adjustable, padded and wrapped with breathable mesh, the perforated foam shoulder straps enhance air circulation. Stabilizer wings connect the shoulder straps to the bottom of the pack to stabilize the load and reduce unwanted bouncing. Hipbelt webbing system cinches with a natural forward pulling motion for quick, precise adjustments. Panel-loading zippered main compartment carries the essentials you need for a workout on the trail. Separate hydration pocket holds a reservoir (sold separately) for hands-free drinking on the trail; hydration tube can be routed through either shoulder strap. Front mesh pocket is perfect for quickly stashing a jacket or other items; pocket adjusts to help stabilize and compress the pack's load. Two hipbelt zip pockets store those small essentials you want at your fingertips, such as energy gels, lip balm and sunscreen. The REI Stoke 19 Pack features Quick Clip tool loops that hold an ice axe or trekking poles; clip loop is perfect for attaching a safety strobe (strobe not included). Special buy.
- REI refers to the men's version