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The best daypacks (under 35l), reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 22, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Osprey Talon 11
$100 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Deuter Futura 32
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Atom Sling 8L
$59
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Deuter Trans Alpine 30
$130 - $145
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Miwok 18
$70 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Sirrus 24
$40 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountainsmith Scream 25
$60 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Osprey Talon 22
$40 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Flash 18
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Mountainsmith Bugaboo
$80 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
EMS Packable Pack
$32
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Kompressor
$55 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Tempest 30
$80 - $160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
REI Flash 22
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Osprey FlapJack
$80 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Deuter Futura 28
$74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Osprey Stratos 26
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Recon
$60 - $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 (2)
Matador Daylite16
$50
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
$52 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DaKine Cosmo
$35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Trail 32
$40 - $100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Del Dia
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Axis
$60 - $80
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
$70 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Electra
$33 - $55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Speed Lite 24
$115
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 - $180
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Osprey Stratos 24
$130 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Osprey Daylite
$37 - $60
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Speed 30
$55 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Deuter Futura 30 SL
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Speed Lite 20
$75 - $80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21
$70 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
3V Gear Outlaw Gear Slinger
$46
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Descent Small
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Jade 28
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Salvo 28
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25
$129 - $349
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Recent Daypack (under 35L) Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Lowe Alpine Aeon 27

Nice size for day hikes or ultralight camping. Suitable also for climbing, running, or cycling. Bought last year and have used it for about 6 months. One of the Youtube reviews for this pack has it thrown off a mountain in Scotland and it survives with hardly a scar. Keeping that in mind you'll know it may be light, but it's rugged. I'm primarily a hiker, but I usually take a DSLR and 1-2 extra lens. With a few drybags, lens pouches, and drawstring pouches it's workable to divide all your kit. Not… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Podsacs Waterproof 20L Ruscksack

A dirt cheap solution, if you're worried about getting your electronics—or spare socks—wet, on your hike, in your boat or canyoneering. Pod Sacs has been a revered brand in the climbing community, in the UK.  Their crag sacks, hip packs, and chalk bags were ubiquitous for many years.  The company was sold to bike firm Planet X, in 2014 and they recently re-launched the name, with a clever line of waterproof bike luggage, aimed at the growing Gravel Bike market. Tucked away in the promo for… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
REI Flash 22

This is a simple, well designed and made little pack. It is a great 3-season daypack (a little small for winter in the Northeast). What a nifty little pack. I prefer a top loader without a zippered enclosure as zippers tend to fail at the most inopportune times. The pack is extremely well designed with a water bladder pocket. The bottle pockets on the outside have enough depth to hold bottles in difficult terrain.  Its lack of structure and minimal waist belt is I believe actually a positive on… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Mountainsmith Scream 25

Very versatile pack for fly fishing, mountain biking, moto camping, day hikes, gravel biking, commuting, just about any activity. Well thought out. I own two of the Scream 25's (bought a second one after only three trips with first one). I have had them so long I can't remember the year I purchased. Used extensively in the Smokies for day trips, fly fishing, gravel biking, climbing. I've used them for moto camping in the west (Colorado,New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and California. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Deuter Climber

The Deuter Climber is a 22L pack designed for children ages 6 and up. With many features found on adult packs it isn't a toy. Rather, it performs well enough that small framed adults in the 10"-17" torso range could certainly use it, at least for day hiking. For children it also works well for extended backcountry excursions with plenty of room for child sized loads.   Deuter's redesign of their Climber produced a child-sized pack that looks and functions like an adult pack, just a little smaller. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Osprey Daylite

Lightweight Ventilated Backed by Osprey’s All Mighty Guarantee Picked this up on a crazy sale and could not be happier with the price I paid for the pack. It was exactly what I was looking for and despite saying it fits up to a 2-liter hydration bladder, I am able to run my 3-liter Camelbak in it with no issues whatsoever. It actually slides into an open compartment that sits between the main pack and the backpad. So it is easily accessible without opening zippers and going into the main compartment. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gregory Citro 24 H20

This backpack is great for a day hike, even if the heat is high. The backpack is very lightweight and stylish. It is very functional and has many pockets. I came into it thinking it was a small backpacking backpack and I was mistaken. It is just a very large daypack, although I have stretched it into an overnight bag.  The frame feels amazing and puts the weight on your hips. It has tons of nice features that you can tell someone put a lot of time thinking about. Overall this backpack is what I… Full review

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