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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2011

Gear Review: REI Passage 65 Weekend Pack

Just $149 can buy you a great pack.

by: The Backpacker Editors

REI Passage 65 (BP Photo Department)
REI Passage 65 (BP Photo Department)

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“Size it, strap it on, tighten it, and forget about it. With this hauler, it’s as simple as that,” said one tester after carrying 40 pounds on a partially off-trail, 65-mile circuit in New York’s West Canada Lakes Wilderness. All testers found the 65-liter capacity conservative. “I could carry a week’s load easily,” says one who carried 47 pounds into Washington’s Goat Rock Wilderness. And he says the suspension—nothing fancy, just good load transfer and a well-padded hipbelt—was up to the task.

The foam backpanel slides vertically along two aluminum stays to fit torsos from 15 to 19 inches; it secures with large Velcro swatches that hold without a hint of slipping, eliminating the need to microadjust throughout the trip. The large torso range makes it ideal for growing teens, the pack's target audience, but one 50+ tester called it his favorite pack ever, proving that great designs have no age limit. Organization is big-load friendly: A large exterior pocket swallows extra layers, two pockets in the lid keep small items from sloshing around, and a full-length waterproof side-zip enables easy access. The burly nylon packbag fabric never frayed despite getting dragged through dense stands of pines and up a class 4 drainage.

Ding: The mesh side pockets are too loose to hold water bottles securely. $149; 4 lbs. 9 oz.; 65 liters

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