REI Venturi 30 Pack
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 10+
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: $93
I've gone through 4 daypacks in 9 years, and this is the best one by far.
The size is just right, not big like a multi-day pack, not small like a race pack.
The "trampoline-mesh", raised separate from the back panel, provides the most effective ventilation I've experienced due to the free-flow air feature. Water-proof zippers ensure nothing gets wet in the rain, and compression straps ensure no movement of your load.
The hipbelt transfers most of the load to your hips and off of your shoulders, but the shoulder straps are so comfy and supportive that even if your shoulders need to take some weight, they'll still be comfy.
I'd love some internal organization pockets, and some lower compression straps would be nice, but that's just nit-picking.
Bottom-line, great pack for a killer price.
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The REI Venturi 30 pack offers comfort and ventilation on long, hot day hikes and summit scrambles. FreeFlow tensioned mesh back panel holds the pack body away from your back, allowing uninhibited breathability and eliminating common pressure points. Warm air and vapor easily escape as fresh air circulates between the pack and your back. Contoured hipbelt and shoulder straps feature monofilament vents and perforated foam padding for breathability. Panel-loading main compartment has plenty of room for those done-in-a-day trips. Large, easily accessible front zippered pocket and stretch stash pocket offer plenty of storage. Upper stash pocket has a welded, water-repellent zipper and stores small essentials such as keys and cash. Twin hipbelt zip pockets store those small essentials you want at your fingertips, such as your digital camera, lip balm and sunscreen. Minimalist twin tool loops and adjustable Speed Hook bungee lash straps let you secure trekking poles and ice axes. Hydration-compatible design features reservoir pocket and twin drink tube ports over either shoulder for on-the-go access (reservoir not included). The REI Venturi 30 pack features side compression straps that let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying. Special buy.