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2007 Daypacks

April 18, 2007

It’s spring and gear manufacturers are rolling out their latest and greatest inventions. Here’s a rundown of new daypacks that are starting to appear on the walls of your favorite outdoor retailers.


Black Diamond

Black Diamond Demon
The Demon is a no-frills daily-use pack for climbing or hiking. For comfort and stability when you’re on the move, it features a removable single stay and sewn, multi-density foam shoulder straps, back panel, and waist belt. Constructed from 1260 Ballistics and 420d nylon fabrics with top-zip access, the main compartment holds ample gear for day trips and two zippered pockets under the lid hold your smaller essentials securely. Its exterior features include four compression straps, capable of carrying skis, and an ice axe/trekking pole carrier that doubles as an emergency haul point.

Capacity: 1,953 cu in / 32 l
Weight: 2 lb 10 oz / 1,180 g
MSRP: $199.95

Black Diamond RPM
Designed for constant movement on big days, the lightweight RPM features a highly compressible, ergonomic design so it moves with you, whether you’re climbing or trail running. It’s constructed from water-shedding 210d SilNylon ripstop fabric with perforated, multi-density foam in the shoulder straps and back panel for breathable comfort. A removable webbing waist belt, ice axe loops, cold-weather shock cord, and mesh side pockets offer convenient carrying.

Capacity: 1,587 cu in / 26 l
Weight: 1 lb 4 oz / 570 g
MSRP: $99.95


CAMP Trail Pro
An ultralight 20-liter pack designed for adventure racing and other long, fast-paced excursions, the Trail Pro was developed with feedback from racers competing in the 2005 Raid World Championship. Ventilated shoulder straps decrease friction on the neck and shoulders. Compression and fit straps allow the pack to be adjusted for any pace with any load. Accommodates two water bottles on the shoulder straps. Large capacity detachable waist pouch and mesh hip pockets allow the user to access food, compass, maps, and other small items on the fly.

Capacity: 1,800 cu in / 30 l
Weight: 15 oz / 425 g
MSRP: $99.95


Deuter Dry Shield Series
The Dry Shield series introduces seam welded technology to the Deuter line with two packs that utilize welded and taped seams with a highly waterproof 500 denier pack cloth fabric. Packs feature compression straps, ice ax loops, and mesh exterior pockets.

Deuter Dry Shield 20
Capacity: 1,200 cu in / 20 l
Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz / 1050 g
MSRP: $139

Deuter Dry Shield 30
Capacity: 1,850 cu in / 30 l
Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz / 1130 g
MSRP: $179


For 2007 GoLite overhauled its entire line of backpacks, replacing 28 models with just nine packs in three series. The nine packs are proclaimed to be tougher, more comfortable, more fully featured with broader functionality, and on the whole even lighter (what else would you expect from a company called GoLite?). Read our 2007 GoLite Backpacks Preview »


Gregory Icarus
Built foremost for day hikers, the Icarus also keeps multi-sport applications in mind. Its 1,500 cubic inches quickly compacts down in size, thanks to a unique integrated stabilizer system that is tied into the waist belt. The system compresses the bottom of the pack and draws the load close to the body in one motion. The large internal compartment is accessed panel-loader style and a front organizer pocket and battery/wallet pocket keep gear organized and easy to find. A mesh back panel, gull wing waist belt, and combination of 210D HT twill and siliconized G 30 lightweight fabric provide durability.

Capacity: 1500 cu in / 23 l
Weight: 1 lb 9 oz / 700 g
MSRP: $89


Jansport Lead and Revolt
The Revolt and women-specific Lead are designed for both day hikes and urban use. Both packs have two large main compartments, a front utility pocket with organizer, and a padded laptop sleeve. Outdoor-specific features include a bungee cord gear stash, a breathable mesh back panel, and a web haul loop. Both packs are constructed of 420 Denier Double Dobby and 600 Denier Polyester.

Lead (women-specific)
Capacity: 1,950 cu in / 32 l
Weight: 1 lb 11 oz / 765 g
MSRP: $100

Capacity: 2,000 cu in / 33 l
Weight: 1 lb 13 oz / 820 g
MSRP: $100


Marmot Air Flow Series
Marmot’s Air Flow Series features a frame system consisting of a durable, high vent fabric mesh tensioned as a trampoline on a lightweight, flexible, hub-based, hollow pole frame. This offers a lightweight, high ventilation and durable frame for done-in-a-day sized backcountry packs. Patent-pending Split Wrap waist belt. Front pockets. Hydration pocket and port. Waist belt pockets. Day-sized packs in the series are the Pampero and Zephyr.

Capacity: 1,800 cu in / 29 l
Weight: 2 lb 9 oz / 1,180 g
MSRP: $100

Capacity: 1,600 cu in / 26 l
Weight: 2 lb 9 oz / 1,180 g
MSRP: $90


Mountainsmith Hiker and Lupine
The Hiker and women-specific Lupine are feature-laden daypacks with multiple storage options, designed for all terrain extended day trips. Feature include: dual density foam shoulder straps; air mesh foam back panel with PE framesheet; removable pivoting waist belt that tucks away; easy-access haul handles; organizational sleeve; fleece-lined eyewear pockets; internal organizer pockets; two angled water bottle pockets; hydration-compatible with exit port; two compression straps; elastic rigging; trekking pole mounts; load adjusters. Fabric: 420d Velocity nylon body fabric with 840d Ballistic nylon reinforcements.

Capacity: 1,586 cu in / 26 l
Weight: 2 lbs 11 oz / 1,220 g
MSRP: $80

Capacity: 1,525 cu in / 26 l
Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz / 1,220 g
MSRP: $80

Mountainsmith Spot and Clover
The Spot and women-specific Clover feature a streamlined exterior design with top zipper access and side water bottle pockets. Details include pockets for phones and music, hydration sleeve, and an air mesh back panel.

Capacity: 1,343 cu in / 22 l
Weight: 1 lb 13 oz / 820 g
MSRP: $60

Capacity: 1,159 cu in / 19 liters
Weight: 1 lb 11 oz / 770 g
MSRP: $60


Talon Series
For those moving fast and packing smaller loads, lightweight packs in the Talon series adjust for a wide range of comfort and suit any style with the option of several sharp colors and graphics. These packs, ranging in capacity from 11 to 33 liters, are perfect for mountain biking, trail running, fastpacking, peak bagging, and adventure racing. (There is also a 44 liter model for multi-day trips.) Features the AirScape back panel with ridge-molded foam that creates air channels, and adjustable harness, and mesh hip belt pockets.

Talon 11
Capacity: 600 cu in / 9 l (S/M); 700 cu in / 11 l (M/L)
Weight: 1 lb 5 oz / 600 g (S/M); 1 lb 7 oz / 650 g (M/L)
MSRP: $79

Talon 22
Capacity: 1,200 cu in / 20 l (S/M); 1,300 cu in / 22 l (M/L)
Weight: 1 lb 9 oz / 700 g (S/M); 1 lb 11 oz / 770 g (M/L)
MSRP: $99

Talon 33
Capacity: 1,900 cu in / 31 l (S/M); 2,000 cu in / 33 l (M/L)
Weight: 1 lb 12 oz / 790 g (S/M); 1 lb 14 oz / 850 g (M/L)
MSRP: $129