REI Lookout 40 Pack
Size: 40 Liters
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'4''
Price Paid: $89
This is my first daypack and I couldn't be more pleased. After trying several on at REI this one felt right for me.
The main cavity is very spacious. In it I put my Jetboil, rain poncho, fleece, rain jacket, coffee mug, cup o soup, sandwich water purifier, and snacks, and I still have some room left, even with my 70 oz. hydration pack full and in its pocket.
There are plenty of other pockets to stash extra gear. The long side pockets are excellent for a maps, gloves, or flashlight. If you carry a weapon these side pockets are just right for an averaged size handgun (don't do it unless it's legal of course).
Top pocket carries my headlamp, wallet and keys. Yet another exterior pocket holds first aid kit, hand shovel, lip balm and sunscreen.
There is also the lower straps that could hold a sleeping bag, or pad. Also, two mesh side pockets are perfect for a slim canteen or 16 oz. bottled waters.
I am hard pressed to fill this pack up for a day hike.
With all this gear I often pick up my pack and wonder how I'm going to lug it around for several miles. But once on my back the various straps snug it up just right and I hardly notice the extra weight.
I would highly recommend this pack!