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REI Trail 40 Backpack - Black
REI Trail 40 Backpack - Black
REI Trail 40 Backpack - Rustic Gold
REI Trail 40 Backpack - Indigo

REI Trail 40 Backpack

3 lbs. 1oz.
  • Updated from previous versions, body and lining fabric are now made from recycled material
  • Spring-steel perimeter frame provides load support while also allowing the back panel to conform to your torso
  • U-shaped panel opening with 4 zipper sliders offers quick access to gear and total access when fully open
  • Inside the main compartment is a mesh side pocket and a back pocket
  • Padded, mesh-covered straps, belt and back are cool and comfortable
  • Recycled oxford nylon bottom is highly abrasion resistant
  • Forward-pull hipbelt design makes adjustments quick and easy
  • Side mesh pocket with elastic closure; outer pocket for phone or sunglasses; sleeve for hydration reservoir (reservoir not included)
  • Top has a zippered pocket on the underside for your keys and valuables; zippered hipbelt pockets let you access snacks and other essentials as you hike
  • Special fasteners on the back hold trekking-pole tips down low and pole shafts up high
  • Included raincover stows in its own zip pocket
  • Made to reflect our love for people and the planet through the use of recycled nylon and bluesign®-approved materials
  • Recycled materials keep waste out of landfills and bluesign®-approved materials conserve resources and protect the health of the environment, workers and wearer (you!)

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My wife and I both have and use REI Trail 40 backpacks. While they are a bit large and cumbersome for a simple hike, they are perfect for overnight stays or if you have to pack enough resources for more than one hiker.

When we go out on a hike we will sometimes only bring one backpack which we’ll pack with both of our supplies. This lets us take turns carrying the load and also helps us cross difficult terrain more easily. The side pouches work well for water or anything else you want to have available at your finger tips (bear spray, perhaps).

The waist belt helps distribute the weight to your hips, making for easier walking of tough terrain while the pack is heavy or overloaded. And the zipper pouches on the hip belt are a great place to store an RX bar or other snacks.

On a recent hospital stay I needed to carry both of our backpacks together myself. While the backpacks weren’t designed for this purpose, there is a clip which latches across the chest which I was able to use to connect one backpack to the other.  While wearing one backpack normally I was able to have the other slung over one shoulder, without it slipping off, by using this chest clip. This kept both of my hands free to both carry other bags and to open doors.

We also use these backpacks for overnight stays with friends, or on vacations. Their capacity is ample, allowing me to fit a few changes of clothes, toiletries, and anything else I might need.

Both my wife and I have had containers leek inside of our backpacks but we found them easy to clean in every instance.

They are available in a range of colors. My REI Trail 40 Backpack is red, while my wife’s is a lighter grey. Checking the REI website I’m seeing them available in black, indigo, and rustic gold.

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