Daypacks

The best daypacks (under 2,000 cu in), reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 19, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Daypack (under 2,000 cu in) Reviews

Marmot Calistoga

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A very well-made and designed pack for day-to-day utility, cycling, or day-trips such as bird-watching on even trails. With the cost of backpacks these days, it is a great relief to see a well-respected brand such as Marmot offer inexpensive packs such as the Calistoga. It is thirty-two dollars, and free shipping from Marmot direct. The quality is evident when you receive this pack, the main zipper being the heavy-duty type that will not pull apart if the pack is over-stuffed (easy to do at 30L). Full review

Osprey Talon 22

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, super comfortable, quality daypack. I would buy it again. My wife and I both have versions of this pack. We both love them. Hers is a blue and green color combo and mine is the black and grey. I am much harder on gear and use packs more extensively. My wife uses hers for the occasional day hike and on all of our traveling adventures. These Ospreys are light and comfortable, but very durable. They are quality packs and we both feel like they are enjoyable, convenient and efficient to… Full review

Gregory Matia 28

rated 2 of 5 stars Not for any serious outdoor use. Limited by poorly designed zippers and compartments. Straps are not comfortable and it isn't a piece of kit that I enjoy using. I didn't see many reviews on this pack when I was considering it, but what I did see were pretty decent. The sale price I paid was $29 and I figured it would be good to try it out for that cheap. I was hesitant, but took the leap and was really surprised at some of the reviews after I began using this pack. They seemed to be unrealistic. Full review

Ozark Trail Atka 28L

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an incredible deal, but it has been discontinued! Still available online, clearanced! I am a 6-foot tall male, weighing 185 lbs and it fits just as well as other day packs I've tried. This is almost a copy of the famed REI Flash 18 or 20L packs that cost three times this much This pack fits me fine and is very comfortable for lightweight loads. I use it as a day pack when doing multi-day hikes. It's light enough that I don't mind putting it in my backpack and it takes up almost no space… Full review

RōM Outdoors RōM Pack

rated 2.5 of 5 stars This pack seems to work better as a “tailgating” pack rather than a camping pack. It is overall big and bulky. It transitions pretty smoothly after a few times but originally it was a little awkward. A 3-in-1 system, the RōM Pack is a backpack you can fully transform into either a wearable poncho with a hood or a blanket that’s soft on one side and water resistant on the other. I received this product and I brought it on a campout when I planned to “cowboy camp” and then I broke one of… Full review

Osprey Tempest 30

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Chose as my first pack. I purchased this as my first pack, as I was looking for something that I could use not only as a daypack, but potentially for an overnight trip. I'm still relatively new to the whole backpacking scene, so it will be interesting to see if it works for me! I have yet to load it all up for any trip, but with some weight in it, it seems to distribute it pretty well and doesn't aggravate my bad shoulders! Overall I think it is really well made and I love the color! Full review

Dana Design Slider

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an awesome pack. Too bad it's no longer on the market. It fits snug to the body and allows one to carry a snowboard, skis, or snowshoes quite comfortably. I am 5'7" tall. For me it is perfect. I'm not sure how it would fit someone taller. I don't remember if there were sizes. I doubt it. It is a great day pack to fit a first aid kit, lunch, and a change of clothes. It is especially good for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Excellent fit, will stay in place all day whether you're slogging… Full review

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Element Day Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great compact daypack that I have used alone on quick hikes for an afternoon and also when I did a four-day camping trip when hiking the Pocono Mountains. It was sturdy and a great size with a pocket for my hydration bladder. The padded mesh back made for a comfortable trip in hot weather hiking. I liked that the shoulder straps were padded and the back was meshed for when I got hot while hiking. I like to go lightweight and appreciated the cinch straps to tighten my load. I am an average… Full review

Patagonia Nine Trails Pack 14L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Nine Trails 14-liter backpack is a great fit for mountain bikers looking for a pack that will comfortably carry the essentials for a full day of riding. It has plenty of storage compartments, keeping items organized and easy to access. I love the long, low profile shape of the pack. It keeps items snug and centered, allowing me to ride technical terrain without throwing off my balance or range of motion. Testing Conditions: I tested the Patagonia Nine Trails 14-liter backpack as a member of… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Osprey Talon 11
$75 - $100
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Atom
$44 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Deuter Trans Alpine 30
$98
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Miwok 18
$55 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Deuter ACT Trail 24
$78 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Sirrus 24
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Osprey Talon 22
$82 - $110
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
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Matador Daylite16
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Kompressor
$33 - $50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Tempest 30
$103 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Arro 22
$149 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Jester
$49 - $65
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Matador Freerain 24
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Scream 25
$40 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI Flash 22
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Osprey Kestrel 32
$120 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Osprey FlapJack
$83 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Deuter Futura 28
$98
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Cierzo 18
$72 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Recon
$70 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountainsmith Grand Tour
$75 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Lowe Alpine Klettersack 30
$83 - $109
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)
Black Diamond Bbee 11
$37 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack
$33 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Manta AG 36
$114 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Futura 26
$105
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Chacabuco 32L
$74 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey FlapJill
$100 - $110
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)
DaKine Jewel 26L
$34 - $55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Jade 33
$120 - $127
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack
$26 - $35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Flyweight
$34 - $45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Sucia 28
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Radial 34
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Day Pack
$45 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Trion Light 28
$105
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Salvo 24
$86 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Equinox Parula Ultralite Day Pack
$51
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Comet
$75 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Electra
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30
$164
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL
$91
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Magnum 16 Pack
$52 - $69
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