REI Trail 25 Pack
Price Paid: $22
I got this daypack on closeout and it is pretty solid considering the price. It has a good amount of compartments in the front zip pocket for little things and the stretchy side pockets are nice and large, easily fitting a decent sized water-bottle. I've stuffed other stuff in there with my bottles too, they work very well. It's hydration compatible too.
The only things I don't like about this pack (I'm comparing it to one I used to have) is that there are no click-in guides for the hydration tube on the pack straps and the back is not as stiff and supported as it is in some other daypacks.
There is some padding there but if the pack isn't full or if it's full of the wrong stuff it doesn't lie flat on my back...but the hydration tube can easily be tucked in under part of the straps (or clipped in) and since this is a daypack the way it fits on my back is just a minor complaint.
All in all, it's a solid little daypack.
Design: Top loading
Size: 25 liters
Number of Pockets: 4 (including main compartment)
Max. Load Carried: 14 kilos
Height of Owner: 5' 5"
Price Paid: $59.50
I bought this pack for day hikes. I also use it to get myself in shape for overnight, multi-day hikes and to loose some weight in the process. I was able to get everything that I needed for a day hike, with room to spare. On a few occasions I added extra stuff just for the extra weight.
I've had up to 14 kilos in this pack on 15 mile day hikes over pretty hilly terrain and it's not only held up, but has been very comfortable. Overall a very nice pack at a reasonable price.
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The REI Trail 25 pack for women transitions smoothly from the wilderness to the city with its durable construction, all-day load support and a modern design with easy organization for gadgets or gear. Soft, conforming shoulder straps are comfortable and incorporate stiff load-carrying zones for heavy loads. Removable hipbelt and sternum strap let you lighten up or stabilize your load as you need. Smooth ventilated mesh in critical contact areas provides ventilation and comfort. Internal HDPE framesheet adds structure and helps shield your back from the contents of the pack. Panel-loading main compartment holds your hiking or commuting essentials and includes a sleeve and tube port for a hydration reservoir (not included). Organizer panel sports multiple pockets for pens, electronics and small essentials; front pocket and side mesh pockets offer on-the-go access to bottles, sunscreen and snacks. REI Trail 25 pack has pulley-style compression straps to cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying; lightweight lash points let you strap gear to the front of the pack. Recycled PET fabric offers durability for years of heavy use; TuffCoat bottom panels add waterproof durability and resistance to abrasion. Special buy.