Outdoor Products Mist
The Mist is an 8 L capacity daypack with a 2 L Camelback-style,…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $24.99
The Mist is an 8 L capacity daypack with a 2 L Camelback-style, water bladder included. At its price point, it is surprisingly well featured and versatile with three separate pockets to make organizing your gear a snap. Even when fully loaded it's quite comfortable to carry, and includes a full set of harness options.
- Small, light, and well made
- Many features found in larger packs
- Hydration pouch
- Very cheap for the feature set
- No waist belt pockets
- Limited 8 L capacity
- Few attachment points provided
The Mist from Outdoor Products is only an 8 L capacity "daypack", but it has a lot of the bells and whistles that the larger, and more expensive packs have. This includes a 2 L Camelback-style, ”water bladder” that fits in an interior pocket. The whole pack is only about 16″ or 18″ tall.
Electing for the relatively small, 8 L volume seems to me to be a good idea. It will force you into being very selective about what you actually choose to take along. ... We all tend to overpack... Lighter is better.
The Mist has a mesh pouch on each side to hold water bottles. Both the compression webbing and the buckles are sturdy, it is well sewn throughout and it uses decent SPS zippers with nylon teeth and metal sliders with web pulltabs. Inside, there are three full-height pockets, two zipped and one open-top slot. There is also an elasticized slot pocket in the back of the main compartment to hold the water bladder.
The shoulder straps have about a half an inch of foam padding and have some nice ventilating mesh on the back side. There’s a sternum strap to secure it across your chest, and a decent, but unpadded, waistbelt. While there are no pouches on the waistbelt, the straps are certainly large enough and long enough to thread through some type of belt-looped pouch.
Additionally, each shoulder strap has two elastic bands. These are there for you to secure the sip tube from the water bladder. But you could certainly use at least two of them to conveniently secure other small objects.
My only real criticism of the Mist is that it lacks any kind of bungee cords on the outside to allow you to carry a windbreaker or parka with easy access. However, the shape of the compression strap buckles might allow you to jury rig something with elastic paracord.
At this price point, I only paid $24 for it on a red-tag markdown at one of the big box stores, the versatility and features are unmatched by any other pack I looked at. It is sturdy and well-made, and the inclusion of the quite decent hydration pack, would make this a very good deal even at the more common price of $29-$36.