If you’re looking for a highly functional travel pack that carries well and looks great, you can’t go wrong with the REI Ruckpack 40. We particularly like all the hidden features, but wish the laptop compartment had a bit more structure. View Details & Buy: https://packha.kr/nt63
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In this review, we’re going to be checking out the Ruckpack 40 from REI—a one bag travel pack that offers a minimalistic form with some big functionality. And unlike most of the packs we test, we’re actually going to be discussing two versions of this one—because it comes in a men’s and women’s version.
If you’ve never heard of REI—maybe you’ve been living under a rock or deep in the jungle for the past couple decades—you should know that they’re a pretty freakin’ cool company. They’re an outdoor co-op that sells just about everything you could ever need for outdoor activities plus a whole lot more, including urban travel gear. They also donate a boatload of money to conservation and work pretty hard to achieve ethical and environmental excellence in their business.
And while they sell gear from a variety of companies, they also make their own stuff. Their own gear is mainly known for being budget-friendly and functional—and no surprise, the Ruckpack 40 fits that description perfectly. It stays true to REI’s technical focus, but a lot of things have been optimized specifically for urban travel. (Which is right up our alley…)
The REI Ruckpack 40 offers a solid carry with some great organization. The aesthetic is minimal and there are a bunch of hidden features on the outside that tuck away when not in use, providing a great blend of form and function. And although we do have a few nitpicks—mainly, the laptop compartment and non-hideable hip belt—there aren’t many glaring cons with this bag. We also like that REI has gone ahead and made a men’s and women’s version of this pack—it really helps optimize the carrying experience for any body type.
0:40 – Material & Aesthetic
2:20 – External Components
8:24 – Inside the Pack
12:43 – Durability & Testing
13:19 – Pros & Cons
13:59 – The Verdict
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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the men’s and women’s version of the REI Ruckpack 40, a great one bag travel backpack.
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