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The best daypacks (under 35l), reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on August 28, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Osprey Talon 11
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Atom Sling 8L
$59
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Deuter Trans Alpine 30
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Miwok 18
$60 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Sirrus 24
$130 - $140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Osprey Talon 22
$120 - $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
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Tempest 30
$140 - $160
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)
The North Face Recon
$50 - $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
$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
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Futura 26
$96 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Del Dia
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Axis
$38 - $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
$73 - $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 - $180
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Osprey Stratos 24
$130 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Osprey Daylite
$37 - $75
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond Speed 30
$150 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montane VIA Dragon 20
$135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Speed Lite 20
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21
$106 - $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 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Calistoga
$31
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
$29 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Nine Trails Pack 14L
$139
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Speed 22
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch In and Out
$79
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Recent Daypack (under 35L) Reviews

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

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