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MontBell Versalite Pack 20

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: MontBell Versalite Pack 20 daypack (under 35l)

The MontBell Versalite is well named and manufactured for the extreme conditions of long daily commutes, tough hiking, or continued use situations.


  • Very light and yet strong
  • Manufactured for long usage
  • Can stretch beyond its means
  • Strong zippers for overloading
  • Perfect for a day hike


  • Sharp objects can pierce the bottom of the bag
  • Feels uncomfortable carrying irregular shaped objects
  • Limited pocket storage
  • Not meant for foul weather

The MontBell Versalite can be easily adjusted on the run and fits most all adult ages and genders with its rectangular shape. The padded straps provide comfort for light loads. 

This product is perfect for day hikes and commuting. The bag, therefore, is not equipped with a hip belt. Montbell seemingly designed the Versalite for fair weather conditions unless waterproofing compounds are applied. On humid summer days, the Versalite will sweat with its limited ventilation.

The pack can hold loads of stuff without breaking and rarely leaks externally unless exposed to torrential rains. Internally, the bag prevents leaks from seeping out with strong material reinforcement. It is definitely "taxi tested tough" and well made. Stowing easily with a loop on the top of the bag, it has extremely fortified with double stitched seams. 

This enduring product is similiar to a stuff bag without a lot of pockets. Loads can be compressed and feel very stable. Irregular and sharp objects make the bag uncormfortable to carry unless they are loaded in the front. The zippers are nearly unbreakable.

Being a teacher and commuting for 1 hour a day in Tokyo, Japan, I have loaded this bag with a computer, 10 plastic portfolio file folders, 20 papers, toiletries, an electrical cord, and a pencil case. On hikes, I have stored a down jacket, vest, shirt, 3 pairs of socks, cap, pair of underwear, blue jeans, 2 water bottles, and a rainsuit.

Source: received it as a personal gift
Price Paid: $40

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Price MSRP: $60.00
Historic Range: $34.95-$59.95
Reviewers Paid: $40.00
Weight 13 oz
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