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Great affordable daypack, which can also easily accommodate…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
Great affordable daypack, which can also easily accommodate an overnight backpacking trip. Very comfortable carry in both day and overnight modes in part because of compression straps. Not as "tactical" in appearance as other packs from this brand, but still includes ample MOLLE attachment points.
I recommend it as a versatile pack for the prepared day hiker or overnight backpacker, but not for the UL crowd.
- Removable, adjustable hip belt
- Four quick-release compression straps
- Ample MOLLE attachment points
- Bottom straps (for removable 6L pouch, but which can be used for a sleeping pad)
- Semi-"tactical" appearance/colors
I picked up this pack on a good sale, but even at full price, this is a good value backpack.
Their shoulder straps, sternum strap, and hip belt offer enough adjustment for the intended loads. The hip belt is removable, which when coupled with the four quick-release compression straps, makes this a nicely-sized day pack without unnecessary bulk.
At 26L, this is my preferred size for a day pack because I like to be prepared (first aid kit, emergency shelter, rain gear, extra layers, etc...). I don't usually fill it to capacity by myself, but if I'm hiking with my children, there is plenty of room for their things.
For solo overnighters, it's enough space for me to add my tarp shelter, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (lashed external), cookware, food and other overnight items (N.B., I'm kind of a minimalist). I have not yet used the included 6L pouch, and I probably never will, but I do employ the associated straps to carry other gear.
This pack has enough pockets for organization without getting out of control. If you're really into micro-organization, you'll want to use some ditty bags or other means of organizing your gear. As I mentioned, I lean more toward the minimalist, so the provided pockets have been adequate for my use.
The construction is solid. This is NOT an ultralight pack, but I have no lack of confidence in its durability. Fabric, stitching and zippers are good quality, and function well. I've had this pack for about a year, and it has held up very well.
If you're looking for a reasonably-priced, versatile day/overnight backpack, and you don't mind a "sort of tactical" look, this could be the pack for you.