Daypacks

The best daypacks (under 35l), reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on July 9, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Daypack (under 35L) Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gregory Citro 24 H20

There are a lot of choices for daypacks and many features and specs to consider. I tend to like my packs with the ability to provide separation of gear based on my style of hiking. The Gregory Pack lines are in my opinion the best at balancing compartments with lighter weight construction making them my go-to. The Citro 24 H20 didn't disappoint. This is my third Gregory pack and it looks like another winner. I mainly focus on mountain day hiking and multiday backpacking. I picked up the Citro 24… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Osprey Archeon 30

Osprey's Archeon 30 daypack is equally happy heading up a mountain, commuting, or traveling. Made from robust, 100 percent recycled nylon pack material. Exceptional durability means it’s heavier than most comparable day packs. Carries comfortably up to 25 pounds and has useful features such as zippered full length access, good-sized side and lid pockets, and a hydration sleeve. Get this backpack if you favor comfort, durability, sustainability—ultralight fans should look elsewhere. INTRODUCTION… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Mystery Ranch In and Out

A 19-liter lightweight packable day pack with sternum strap, three outside pockets, an internal hydration sleeve, compression straps, and half-clamshell zippered opening. Good design for minimalist everyday carry, day hiking, and accessory travel backpack and personal carry-on bag. I bought this backpack as an accessory day pack for "onebag" style travel. My main carry-on travel backpack is a Gregory Compass 30 liter and is too big for day trips.  I have a 46" chest and the shoulder straps wrap… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gossamer Gear Vagabond Packable

Excellent ultralight and packable 23-liter backpack for EDC, travel, and day hiking. I have owned the Gossamer Gear Type II Summit Pack and the original Vagabond backpack and was happy to see this new update on the Vagabond. There are now three versions of the Vagabond packs in production with the Packable version being the lightest and lowest priced. I do a lot of "onebag" style travel and this version stows easily in my larger carry on pack or can be used as a "personal" carry on flight bag.  … Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Dry Summit Pack LT

Great minimalist waterproof day pack. Simple and light, very underrated! I have many pieces of Outdoor Research gear, and I have been pleased with all of them. The Outdoor Research Dry Summit Pack LT does not disappoint! Might be light on features, but it checks all of the boxes if you are looking for a minimalist pack. What I like... I have been using it for a week, both as a daypack for work and used on a 5-mile day hike, and the pack performed admirably. Even though it has no internal frame or… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Ozark Trail Atka 28L

A bag for all adventures. I have used this bag all over the world. It's kind of a standing joke with me and my blue bag in Peru, Europe etc... I love it and for $17 at Walmart it is still my go-to bag for the last 10 years. I want another, but they are sold out...I'll keep looking.  Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Bison Bushcraft Garron Pack

A bespoke, no-fuss sturdy bag ideal for forest work, bushcraft, day walks, and weekend trips for those looking for something with a more traditional appearance and lifetime of use. Bison Bushcraft are based on the South Downs, in Southern England. They specialise in bespoke apparel and gear designed primarily for bush crafting and forest work. It is all handmade in England using the highest quality locally sourced materials. In the past, they outsourced the manufacture of their bags to Frost River,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Deuter Speed Lite 24

Lightweight, durable comfort. A nice set of features with an easy to like price tag. If you're in the market for a new hiking, alpine, or even knocking around pack, as most of us always are, I want to share my stoke about this one. The Deuter Speed Lite 24 (also available in 12L, 16L, 20L, 22L SL, 26L, 30L SL, and 32L) is my first Deuter pack and has far exceeded my expectations. Despite being frameless, there's enough rigidity to handle loads up to 20 lbs and, given its V-shape cut, it becomes… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33

The Kaniq 33 is a lightweight, 33-liter day pack with a full suite of features for ski alpinism or just plain backcountry skiing. Solidly built and snow and water resistant, with some well-thought-out lightweight fittings to keep weight down, but doesn’t ride well when full and not everything functions optimally. As the days get longer in Norway, the summits start calling. They come in many shapes and sizes: everything from broad, avalanche-safe slopes that are still steep enough to cut powder… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Osprey Talon 11
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Atom
$59 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Deuter Trans Alpine 30
$111 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Miwok 18
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Sirrus 24
$130 - $140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Osprey Talon 22
$110 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Flash 18
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Mountainsmith Bugaboo
$104 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Redwing 32
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Kompressor
$35 - $55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Tempest 30
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mammut Trion Light 28
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Scream 25
$42 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI Flash 22
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Deuter Futura 28
$98 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Recon
$59 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountainsmith Grand Tour
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
REI Trail 25
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema Summit Pack
$295
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Matador Daylite16
$37 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Bbee 11
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Matador Freerain 24
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Futura 26
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Del Dia
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Axis
$43 - $80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Citro 24 H20 Hydration Pack / Daypack
$120 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Jade 33
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack
$35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Nebula
$90 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Electra
$38 - $55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Speed Lite 24
$105
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Cloudburst 25 Dry Pack / Daypack
$69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Magnum 16 Pack
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Radial
$170 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Osprey Stratos 24
$130 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Osprey Daylite
$30 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Speed 30
$150 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Kompressor Summit
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montane VIA Dragon 20
$135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Speed Lite 20
$46 - $75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21
$87 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Descent Small
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Inca 26
$93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Jade 28
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Salvo 28
$80 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25
$129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Nine Trails Pack 14L
$139
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Speed 22
$100
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