Functional. Comfortable. REI stepping up their mid-high…
Source: bought it new
Functional. Comfortable. REI stepping up their mid-high end packs.
- Adjustable fit
- Lots of space
- Decent hip belt
- Internal hydration pouch
Fit: I'm right in between the M and L size, so it was suggested that I go with the L. After playing with a few settings, the pack fits like a glove and load is secure to my back with little shifting.
Comfort: Great ventilation. Shoulder and hip straps are very comfortable and mold well to my body.
Capacity: I originally picked up the Traverse 70, but hiking with kids, I needed some added space for more gear. 85 seem perfect for the father of hikers.
Organization & Accessibility: Plenty of space, zippers, and enough external pouches for easy access to most parts of the pack.
Ride: The back has compression straps that pull the load up and in, compressing the pack to secure it to my back and provide stability
Features: Love the external loops so I can strap more gear to the pack.
Construction & Durability: Seems to be well made as it compares to other packs I've owned in the past, but only been on a couple of hikes with it so far.
Conditions: Fully loaded pack on two day hikes for testing: 6, 9 miles each.