Venturi is not just an Italian physicist who invented a new way to torture high school students in lab class. It’s also REI’s slick technical daypack for both men and women; we tested the SheFlogger version, weighing in at a svelte 2lb 5oz even with its burly tubular aluminum frame. At 1,800 cubic inches there’s enough room for a long day out or an ultralight weekend.
Organization is almost perfect with a single top-zippered main compartment and two waterproof-zippered outer pouches: the smaller horizontal pouch on top is perfect for sunglasses and the medium vertical pouch takes extra clothing layers for easy access. Two water bottle sized mesh pockets on the side and two compact camera sized zippered pockets on the waist belt round out the storage options. Technical features include dual ice axe loops, an inner hydration sleeve and hooks to suspend a bladder in between the mesh back panel and the main pack bag to leave more room inside.
The fit is super-comfy with a wide waist belt that tightens with dual forward pulls, a GearFlogger fetish. The curve of the frame leaves plenty of room for airflow across the back, the shoulder straps are boobatomically correct and there’s even a whistle built into the sternum strap in case you need to call the SheFloggers to war. Trekking poles stow nicely on the sides under the compression straps. This is a great design that will cover a wide range of activities. If you’re a kitchen-sinker step up to the Venturi 40 with 2,400ci.