REI XT 85 Pack
Great, durable pack for longer hikes. I would recommend…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $279
Great, durable pack for longer hikes. I would recommend this for anybody who thinks they need an 85 pack.
- Possible hip belt problem (try it on)
Fit: There were some initial problems with the hip belt in that it failed to achieve proper purchase on my hips initially. I had to switch it out at the store for a larger hip belt though I am of average weight without much of a belly, so be wary of that. Since I bought from the store and the pack is customizable, this was no problem.
Comfort: Once operational with the proper belt, the pack was very comfortable, and on the hike where I carried the most in this pack (52 pounds) most of the weight was distributed to my hips and legs rather than shoulders. There is good placement of the adjustment straps for carrying your load that make this pack very good for hauling less stuff as well.
Capacity: I was pleased by the capacity. It easily held 52 pounds of gear for my High Sierra Trail adventure.
Organization & Accessibility: Compartment placement on this pack is great. Good mix of internal and external compartments. Partition at bottom for bag or tent is really wonderful with option of accessing lower partition through the bottom of the pack or through the inner inside.
Ride & Compression: Adjustment straps make compressing and carrying the load extremely easy. When used on shorter hikes with lighter loads I've been able to control the gear with the straps and prevent shifting.
Ease of use: Very easy to use.
Features: No fancy gimmicks.
Construction & Durability: I find the pack to be fairly durable, though I could use it more and get back to you.
Conditions: I've used this gear on about five hikes, all in fair weather conditions.
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The updated REI XT 85 pack delivers comfort, performance and user-friendly features in a size and design that accommodate anything from a 10-day wilderness expedition to a weekend jaunt. Precurved shoulder straps and hipbelt comfortably match your anatomy from day one; hipbelt webbing system adjusts with a forward pull in an ergonomic motion. Sculpted back panel has multiple peaks and valleys to reduce contact areas and allow sweat vapor to escape; soft foam conforms to your back for a stable fit. Silky-smooth Dri-Lex(R) fabric lines all body contact areas for chafe-free comfort. Hybrid frame blends external-frame comfort and load transfer with internal-frame stability; X-Brace crossed stays stabilize the hipbelt against unwanted sag. Sleeve in the main compartment accommodates most hydration systems; ports allow for routing the bite valve over either shoulder (reservoir sold separately). Front pocket arrangement provides 2 zippered pockets on top of a stretch-woven stash pocket, allowing access to your gear without interference from the other pockets. Floating lid can be removed and stowed; secure key pocket is inside lid; double top collar allows you to vary the pack's capacity. Dual side-zip access allows easy retrieval of items buried deep in the pack; bottom sleeping bag compartment features a smooth curved zipper. Quick-release straps on the bottom of the pack body provide an easy attachment point for sleep pad or tent. Lash points on the hipbelt make it easy to keep camera and GPS pouches within easy reach; attachment points on the pack body feature TipGrips to keep trekking poles in place. Hipbelt pocket provides handy storage for items needed on the hike; drawcorded water bottle pockets hold bottles vertically for easy access or horizontally for extra security. Sew-free construction at lash points provides a lighter-weight alternative to sewn constructions without sacrificing strength.