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I’ve been hiking all winter with a handy me down backpack and decided it was high time to get my own. What I really needed was a day pack that had a spot for my hydration pack so I could quit carrying water bottles and have to dig for a new one at the bottom of my bag every time it ran out.
I also needed a bag that would hold my extra winter clothing, food and outside straps for my hiking poles and a way to strap on my snowshoes if necessary.
The Rei Stoke 19 Pack had everything I was looking for. The best part is that it was on sale and I got it for a great price.
What I like about the Rei Day Pack:
- Spot for hydration bladder with opening for tube
- Pockets on the waist strap for energy bars
- Room for out door clothing
- Straps on bottom for hiking poles or to rig extra straps for my snowshoes
- Easy adjustable straps
- Chest Strap
- Dries quickly for winter use
The only thing I worried about when I first opened the day pack is that the fabric seemed flimsy. However, I haven’t had any experience with it not being durable. I am not sure how it would hold up with heavy items but for day hikes, even in the winter, it holds up well. In fact, the lightweight fabric keeps the weight of the pack to a minimum. The light materials didn’t feel as hot as some of the packs I have used. I sweat a lot, even in winter, so this is a big plus for me. As much as I hike, I am glad I found a pack that works.