Daypacks (under 2,000 cu in)


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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
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$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) Reviews

EMS Packable Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best for summer and ultralight hiking, this pack is a bargain, even at EMS list price of $40. Can hold a maximum of 25 lbs, although you will be happier at 15 to 19 lbs. The material is tougher than it looks, the seams are properly stitched, and the value is awesome, for a 25L (1500 cu in) 9 ounce pack. I used it in March for a two-day /one-night 30-mile R/T on the Appalachian Trail, the weekend that many NB thru-hikers were starting. It held up well and I even had a 20-degree down bag / 2 pound… Full review

Ozark Trail Atka 28L

rated 4 of 5 stars Ozark Trail Atka 28L lightweight backpack. Before purchasing this pack I used a more traditionally styled, and heavier, backpack for daily walks. I recently attended a seminar that explained the major difference of carrying lighter gear while outdoors. It really made a lot of sense. So while in Walmart, I saw this very lightweight bag today and decided to give it a try. While walking in various environments I only need to carry a few items: some water, orange juice, glucose meter, rain jacket,… Full review

Ozark Trail Atka 28L

rated 4 of 5 stars Good lightweight pack. I picked up one of these at Walmart also and I have been pleasantly surprised with it. It only weighed in at 11.6 ounces on my scales and for 28 liters that tops some of the big boy manufacturers. Of course it has no side water holsters, or lid pocket, or hipbelt strap, but I think that all contributes to its low weight. For the water bottles I just use Platypus .5 liter and 1 liter flat style bottles, which you can fit in the main body of the pack on top of your other gear. Full review

Osprey Imp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great backpack for short trips to fit (more than) all your essentials. It’s meant to fit children, but works great for small women as well. As a 5'0" woman in my mid-twenties, I was reluctant to use a children's hiking backpack. After trying on several women’s packs that didn’t fit right and some prodding from an REI employee, I tried this one on and it fit perfectly. I've been using it for about 5 years now for everything from weekend trips to the city to day hikes to camping trips. Full review

Marmot Ultra Kompressor

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great daypack that will not disappoint you on the trail. I would highly recommend this pack if you are looking at a daypack in the 18-22 liter size. It easily compares to the comfort of a multi-day pack. This is a great small pack with big pack features. The way the back is designed and tapers to your lower back forces the weight of the pack onto your lower back where it is more comfortable. A 3-liter water bladder will fit in this pack. The only nitpick I have is the hook inside the pack… Full review

Osprey Sirrus 24

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great pack for day hiking! I would highly recommend the Osprey Sirrus 24! I have enjoyed my Sirrus 24 pack for over a year now. It has hiked many miles with me in various terrains and temperatures ranging from 94 degrees in Zion NP, Utah to 27 degrees in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Due to the many adjustment features my pack fits me like a glove. This pack has an awesome design to keep the pack from touching your back so that no matter how hot it is you have a nice airflow that… Full review

Ozark Trail Atka 28L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars "Ultra Light" pack bought on a whim. I was astounded at how well it worked for me. Everything you need, and nothing you don't. I know some will immediately dismiss my review simply because I bought this pack at WalMart. I've been attempting to drop weight for the past several years, mostly because my knees can't handle it. My shelters have gotten lighter as have my sleeping system — next in line for a diet was my carry system. Funds, however, were non existent and my CFO (i.e. my wife) wouldn't… Full review

Gregory Z 30

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for day hikes of all sizes. Small enough to not slow you down, yet big enough to take that extra gear for extreme conditions. Well organized thought out design obviously done by people that love and experience the outdoors. Perfect sized pack for day hikes of all sizes, from lengthy all-day peak bagging to smaller outings. Pack moves with your body as it should as you scramble, providing the balance that you need. Has the rain cover neatly and conveniently stashed with the pack adding extra… Full review

Salomon Wanderer 25

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Just an overpriced schoolbag. Since before I started hiking I had two backpacks made from a company that specializes in motorbike backpacks and luggage. I used (and use) them everywhere and never had any problems whatsoever, although now and then I had a few comments from fellow hikers that I need to buy a backpack from a "proper" mountaineering brand. So I gave in and bought Wanderer 25 from Salomon as a replacement for my 25L daypack in promise of separate hydration bladder compartment and the… Full review

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