User Review: REI Men's Traverse Pack
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $4 Goodwill
The REI Traverse pack is an excellent low cost daypack with many features one would usually find in a pack 2 to 3 times its price. With its many features it can be used year round, making it the most bang for your buck around.
Construction is excellent quality, zippers all work flawlessly, and materials seem to be top notch.
I own a lot of day packs but this is the one I always grab because of its comfort and features. It's been on lots of adventures and it will experience many more.
- Waterproof zippers
- Waist belt pocket
- Big hydration pouch
- Ice axe/trekking pole loop
- Back does not ventilate well and gets hot fast
- Bit heavy
- Wish it was a bit taller
Two years ago I picked this pack up at the local Goodwill expecting it to be like many of my other day packs, uncomfortable and cheap. When I got it home I inspected it a bit closer noticing the waterproof zippers, axe loop and roomy hydration sleeve. So that weekend I took it out on a seven mile day hike up to Lake Serene near Index, Washington.
Packed with about 15LBs of food, water and other stuff and still room to spare I took off. Upon arriving at the trail head it started to rain. So I put my coat on and hiked anyways. I was instantly impressed at how comfortable the pack was. The foam wasn't too soft nor was it too stiff. Once at the lake I opened up the pack expecting everything to be soaked inside, but to my amazement it was bone dry inside.
Over the two years that I have had the pack it has seen its fair share of use and shows almost no signs of wear. The pack's large good capacity and comfortable design and excellent quality would make me recommend this to anyone.
I also found some Russian money from the previous owners in the pack.
Summit Pack Beckler Peak, Bearing, Washington
Note the small Trailspace sticker on the left trekking pole, hard to see because of a very sunny day