Camino Backpack Gear Review: REI Stoke vs. Traverse

In my quest for a Camino backpack, I recently tried nine different styles at the REI store in Berkeley, CA. In this video, I compare two styles: REI Stoke 29 and REI Traverse 48.

YouTube Video: REI Backpack Comparison: Stoke 29 vs. Traverse 48

Backpack REI StokeREI Stoke 29 Pack – 2013 Special Buy

Specification M L
Best use Hiking Hiking
Frame type Frameless Frameless
Ultralight Yes Yes
Gear capacity (L) 29 liter 31 liter
Gear capacity (cu. in.) 1,769 cubic inches 1,892 cubic inches
Weight 1 lb. 8 oz. 1 lb. 8 oz.
Fits torso 17 – 19 inches 18 – 20 inches
Fits waist/hips 28 – 44 inches 30 – 46 inches
Material(s) Ripstop nylon Ripstop nylon
Suspended mesh back panel No No
Pack loading Top Top
Pack access Top Top
Number of exterior pockets 6 + main compartment 6 + main compartment
Dimensions 19 x 10 x 9 inches 19 x 10 x 9 inches
Gender Unisex Unisex
Backpack REI TraverseREI Traverse 48 Pack – Women’s

Specification S M
Best use Backpacking Backpacking
Frame type Internal Internal
Gear capacity (L) 46 48 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.) 2,807 2,929 cubic inches
Weight 3 lbs. 9 oz. 3 lbs. 11 oz.
Weight – metric 1,620 grams 1,670 grams
Fits torso 16 – 18 inches 17 – 19 inches
Fits waist/hips 28 – 40 inches 32 – 44 inches
Material(s) Nylon Nylon
Frame material ABS plastic sheet ABS plastic sheet
Number of stays 0 0
Suspended mesh back panel Yes Yes
Pack loading Top Top
Pack access Panel Panel
Number of exterior pockets 7 7
Raincover included Yes Yes
Gender Women’s Women’s

The Traverse also comes in a gorgeous orange that they call Red Rock.

REITraverseRedRockClick here to view.



As I mentioned in a previous post and my comparison in the YouTube video, I’m not crazy about the REI Stoke, so I will return it to REI.  I look forward to testing the Traverse on a 5-10 mile trail hike, loaded with about 15 pounds. I will write a follow-up blog post with a full field report.

UPDATE: See Camino Backpack Trail Test: REI Traverse

Please let me know if you’d like to see more Camino gear and product reviews on this blog and YouTube.  Gracias, y buen Camino!

3 thoughts on “Camino Backpack Gear Review: REI Stoke vs. Traverse

  1. Hello Laurie! Thanks for the review. I was just checking at the same backpack but couldn’t decide since it has no reviews yet. This one was very useful and even more now that you showed it opens completely, since that is what I am looking for. Looking forward for your review after using it!

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    • You are most welcome! Glad it helped shed some light. I will test the traverse on some hikes in Sept.
      I too rely on reviews for big purchases. Come to think of it, I should add a review on the REI site. 🙂


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