REI UL 45 Pack
Design: Internal front loading
Number of Pockets: 4 mesh pockets and one front pocket
Max. Load Carried: 26 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 10"
Price Paid: $57 on ebay
I bought this for my wife so that we could go backpacking together and it has worked great. I used it with my guy backpackers and it was amazing. There is a big differance between the men's and women's. The women's model has nearer shoulder straps for one thing.
This pack is great though. I carried 25 lbs for 18 miles and I was comfortable the whole time. If you are moving from traditional backpacking to ultralight backpacking this is a good first step. I put my sleeping bag, clothes, food, water, cookwear and sleeping pad in it and I still have room for my tent. This is a great backpack. I am planning on getting the men's version for myself.
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'1"
In one word: unreliable.
I loved this pack when I got it - the comfort, the weight, the price, everything. Then the pack disconnected itself from the waist-strap on day 18 of a 21-day hike while it was on my back. Take a look at it yourself, there is a rather precarious single-point of connection between the pack and waist.
I was able to return it and get my money back. But the last 40 miles of that hike were quite uncomfortable.
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REI's lightest weight women-specific weekend pack! Its minimalist design helps you travel lighter with greater comfort. ActivMotion™ suspension keeps load balanced as you move; adjustable yoke, linked shoulder straps and hipbelt improves stability and comfort. Shaped to fit a woman's body, the shoulder straps link behind the hipbelt, so load stays balanced even when you extend your arm overhead. Ultralight backpanel frame system is designed to carry the load with a minimum of parts and very little weight. Backpanel slides easily on pack's single center frame aluminum stay to fit torsos of varying lengths; mesh-covered to allow ventilation. Women-specific hipbelt features angle adjustment on both sides to deliver the best fit; hipbelt has two mesh pockets (one zippered) for easy access. Internal compression system pulls the load in with one tug, eliminating external straps and buckles; collar cinch cord further stabilizes contents. Fully cinched internal compression cord and collar cinch-cord turns front pocket into a daypack-size compartment for day trips and peak bagging. Inner sleeve holds your hydration reservoir (sold separately); dual ports allow tube to route over either shoulder. Zippered top pocket and large mesh side pockets let you stash items for quick access. Comes with simple, lightweight tool attachments and water-resistant external zippers. Revolutionary lightweight nylon is infused with silicone for strength and water-resistance; tough double-ripstop nylon is used in high-wear areas. Recommended load weight is a maximum of 32 to 36 lbs.