Daypacks

Recent Daypack (under 35L) Reviews

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 3 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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault

The Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault is a multi-functional, durable pack that is big enough (27L) for day hikes and daylong hunting trips, yet hosts additional features, like a laptop sleeve with rear-facing zipper, that allow it to serve as an everyday carry pack (EDC) or a travel/carry-on bag too. A true Swiss Army knife of a pack. Conditions:  This initial review is based on testing the 2 Day Assault pack over a six-week period during the late fall and early winter in the eastern US in mostly cool… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Gregory Jade 28

Size of the hip belt makes it easy to manipulate to ether tighten or loosen quickly if needed. The adjustable torso has proven to be a good feature. I wasn't sure about this at first but with use it has settled in. I was a diehard Osprey pack user. Then they changed the design of the model I liked. So the hunt was on for another pack. The industry still hasn't kept up with the needs of women when selecting a pack. There are a few women's specific packs, but only a few. And then it seems the industry… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Osprey Nebula

This bag is spacious enough for all of your books/gear, it has plenty of organization, and many great features. This bag is perfect for students, for going to work, or for traveling. While its best use is around town, it easily accommodates an active lifestyle. Disclaimer: I do not own the most recent version of this bag. I purchased my Osprey Nebula four years ago.   This bag is great for work or for traveling. It is a well organized pack that can be used on the trail if need be. I recently took… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Mammut Trion Light 28

Great all-around pack for anything you can do in the mountains. Comfortable and supportive, yet extremely light. Fits very well, and is very adjustable. Very comfortable for such a light and packable pack. I am glad the design includes a padded waist strap. This makes it useful as an all-day pack or as a summit pack on multi-day trips. I have finished climbs only to realize I was wearing this the whole time, when I meant to leave it at the bottom Fits a sufficient amount of gear for one day. I have… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
The North Face Men's Hydra 26

First proper civilian hiking bag. Uses: light hiking/sightseeing, cycling, travel. I am giving it 4 stars because it is that comfortable and fills the bag role for multiple activities. So I gave it more stars than the number of Cons would suggest, but I don't think those cons have a big impact; excepts to say for one. First, my only purpose-built hiking and camping bags have been a Spec 82 Canadian Ruck Sack and a T-62 (Spec 62) Canadian Ruck Sack from the '50s/Korean War Era. Both were canvas,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Exped Cloudburst 25

A lightweight, completely waterproof summit and day pack that can ride in a bigger pack for doing side trips on longer hikes, doubles as a dry bag in the pack. Attention to details make it comfortable and highly functional. My wife has a habit of conveniently forgetting critical items so that she can replace them with something newer and better. For five years or so we both have been using the minimalist Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Packs for side trips on longer backpacking trips. On the first stopover… Full review

user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bison Bushcraft Garron Pack reviewed Feb 11, 2020
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33 reviewed Feb 2, 2020
$199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Speed Lite 24 reviewed Jan 28, 2020
$105 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault reviewed Jan 15, 2020
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Jade 28 reviewed Oct 28, 2019
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Nebula reviewed Oct 14, 2019
$90 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mammut Trion Light 28 reviewed Oct 12, 2019
$105
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Hydra 26 reviewed Sep 7, 2019
$65 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Cloudburst 25 reviewed Aug 14, 2019
$45 - $51
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry reviewed Jun 17, 2019
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Osprey Talon 22 reviewed Jun 9, 2019
$110 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gregory Nano 20 reviewed Jun 6, 2019
$49 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Calistoga reviewed May 19, 2019
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Gregory Matia 28 reviewed May 17, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Ozark Trail Atka 28L reviewed Apr 23, 2019
$19 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
RōM Outdoors RōM Pack reviewed Apr 4, 2019
$119 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Tempest 30 reviewed Apr 1, 2019
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Dana Design Slider reviewed Feb 10, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Red Rock Outdoor Gear Element Day Pack reviewed Jan 31, 2019
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Nine Trails Pack 14L reviewed Jan 29, 2019
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Luzon 18 reviewed Jan 8, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Salvo 24 reviewed Dec 10, 2018
$70 - $114
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21 reviewed Nov 21, 2018
$90 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Flux reviewed Oct 19, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Matador Freerain 24 reviewed Aug 29, 2018
$49 - $64
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Deuter Fox 30 reviewed Aug 18, 2018
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Matador Daylite16 reviewed Aug 7, 2018
$37 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Renogy Solar Backpack reviewed Aug 5, 2018
$90 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Sucia 28 reviewed Jul 9, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Miwok 18 reviewed Jul 2, 2018
$70 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Manta AG 36 reviewed Jun 27, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack reviewed May 19, 2018
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Osprey Daylite reviewed Apr 27, 2018
$37 - $55
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Osprey Kestrel 28 reviewed Mar 30, 2018
$119 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Jester reviewed Feb 28, 2018
$36 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Day Pack reviewed Feb 2, 2018
$45 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Mira 34 reviewed Dec 26, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack reviewed Nov 18, 2017
$30 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Sequoia 22 reviewed Nov 8, 2017
$111 - $148
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema Summit Pack reviewed Oct 22, 2017
$295
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter AC Lite 22 reviewed Sep 29, 2017
$95
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL reviewed Sep 29, 2017
$129 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
HackedPack v.1.1 reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Futura 26 reviewed Sep 22, 2017
$104 - $140
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Summit Pack reviewed Sep 21, 2017
$190 - $195
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Cirque 30 reviewed Sep 20, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Granite Rocx The Cascade reviewed Sep 19, 2017
$81 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Osprey Skarab 32 reviewed Aug 24, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Macpac Kahu 22 reviewed Aug 7, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Jade 33 reviewed Jul 27, 2017
$170
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