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Daypacks Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Feb 2019)

A daypack is one of the most versatile types of backpacks, so you should expect to use your new daypack quite often.

It's therefore super important that you choose a daypack that is comfortable and that suits your needs.

You need to make sure the backpack is big enough for the stuff you need to carry, and at the same time it cannot be too heavy. You also need to make sure the quality is good enough and that the backpack doesn't have features you don't really need.

The 340 Best Daypacks


RankDaypackRating
1Deuter WalkerDeuter Walker
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4.8014 reviews
2Ethnotek RajaEthnotek Raja
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4.8022 reviews
3Gregory BaltoroGregory Baltoro
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4.77958 reviews
4Osprey EscapistOsprey Escapist4.731,833 reviews
5Osprey AtmosOsprey Atmos4.732,529 reviews
6Osprey AetherOsprey Aether4.701,021 reviews
7Gregory DenaliGregory Denali4.6739 reviews
8Osprey ArielOsprey Ariel4.62520 reviews
9Marmot EldoradoMarmot Eldorado4.5919 reviews
10The North Face BancheeThe North Face Banchee4.5928 reviews
11Patagonia Black HolePatagonia Black Hole4.591,383 reviews
12Osprey TalonOsprey Talon4.581,636 reviews
13Osprey AuraOsprey Aura4.58871 reviews
14Deuter FuturaDeuter Futura4.57150 reviews
15Osprey ExosOsprey Exos4.561,149 reviews
16Lowepro RidgelineLowepro Ridgeline4.5563 reviews
17Osprey XenithOsprey Xenith4.54191 reviews
18Gregory JadeGregory Jade4.54167 reviews
19The North Face Big ShotThe North Face Big Shot4.52304 reviews
20Brooks PickwickBrooks Pickwick4.5224 reviews
21Osprey MutantOsprey Mutant4.5146 reviews
22Burton MetalheadBurton Metalhead4.50117 reviews
23Cotopaxi CuscoCotopaxi Cusco4.5041 reviews
24Gregory AmberGregory Amber4.48129 reviews
25High Sierra BroghanHigh Sierra Broghan4.4839 reviews
26Mammut TrionMammut Trion4.4825 reviews
27Osprey KestrelOsprey Kestrel4.471,013 reviews
28Osprey TroposOsprey Tropos4.4563 reviews
29Osprey CometOsprey Comet4.44532 reviews
30Osprey XenaOsprey Xena4.4456 reviews
31Knomo BeauchampKnomo Beauchamp4.4382 reviews
32Osprey TempestOsprey Tempest4.42458 reviews
33The North Face BerkeleyThe North Face Berkeley4.42244 reviews
34The North Face ReconThe North Face Recon4.4014,691 reviews
35The North Face RouterThe North Face Router4.40604 reviews
36The North Face SurgeThe North Face Surge4.405,768 reviews
37Mammut NirvanaMammut Nirvana4.4013 reviews
38Sea to Summit RapidSea to Summit Rapid4.4012 reviews
39Gonex UltraGonex Ultra4.406,444 reviews
40Osprey StratosOsprey Stratos4.391,310 reviews
41Osprey MantaOsprey Manta4.39363 reviews
42Osprey QuasarOsprey Quasar4.39475 reviews
43Dakine EveDakine Eve4.39424 reviews
44Platypus SiouxonPlatypus Siouxon4.3855 reviews
45Thule CrossoverThule Crossover4.371,165 reviews
46Michael Kors RheaMichael Kors Rhea4.37240 reviews
47Osprey RaptorOsprey Raptor4.36729 reviews
48Deuter Speed LiteDeuter Speed Lite4.36835 reviews
49Burton Treble YellBurton Treble Yell4.3532 reviews
50Osprey FlareOsprey Flare4.3456 reviews
51Mystery Ranch ScreeMystery Ranch Scree4.3436 reviews
52Osprey CelesteOsprey Celeste4.33187 reviews
53The North Face BorealisThe North Face Borealis4.3318,250 reviews
54Burton RidersBurton Riders4.3327 reviews
55Maxpedition FatboyMaxpedition Fatboy4.331,763 reviews
56Lowepro FlipsideLowepro Flipside4.331,814 reviews
57OGIO RenegadeOGIO Renegade4.331,730 reviews
58Vera Bradley DisneyVera Bradley Disney4.33121 reviews
59Osprey NebulaOsprey Nebula4.32284 reviews
60Osprey RadialOsprey Radial4.32208 reviews
61Dakine FrankieDakine Frankie4.32574 reviews
62Jack Georges VoyagerJack Georges Voyager4.3217 reviews
63Osprey PogoOsprey Pogo4.3177 reviews
64Gregory CompassGregory Compass4.3155 reviews
65Gregory ZGregory Z4.31212 reviews
66The North Face JesterThe North Face Jester4.3019,293 reviews
67Dakine FoundationDakine Foundation4.3093 reviews
68Mountainsmith ApproachMountainsmith Approach4.3078 reviews
69Burton TinderBurton Tinder4.301,376 reviews
70Burton AnnexBurton Annex4.30208 reviews
71Burton EmphasisBurton Emphasis4.3035 reviews
72Mammut LithiumMammut Lithium4.3010 reviews
73Eagle Creek ConvertabriefEagle Creek Convertabrief4.3033 reviews
74Kipling SeoulKipling Seoul4.306,239 reviews
75Osprey JetOsprey Jet4.29150 reviews
76The North Face FlyweightThe North Face Flyweight4.2994 reviews
77Camelbak Cloud WalkerCamelbak Cloud Walker4.29462 reviews
78Fjallraven TotepackFjallraven Totepack4.29277 reviews
79Marmot KompressorMarmot Kompressor4.28244 reviews
80Patagonia IronwoodPatagonia Ironwood4.2860 reviews
81Jack Wolfskin MoabJack Wolfskin Moab4.2833 reviews
82Duluth DeluxeDuluth Deluxe4.2737 reviews
83Vera Bradley CampusVera Bradley Campus4.273,396 reviews
84Marmot Urban HaulerMarmot Urban Hauler4.2644 reviews
85Outdoor Research Dry SummitOutdoor Research Dry Summit4.2640 reviews
86OGIO ClarkOGIO Clark4.2614 reviews
87Osprey DayliteOsprey Daylite4.251,085 reviews
88Osprey NovaOsprey Nova4.25151 reviews
89Mountainsmith BorealisMountainsmith Borealis4.2533 reviews
90Mountainsmith TourMountainsmith Tour4.25508 reviews
91EVOC StageEVOC Stage4.25105 reviews
92Thule SubterraThule Subterra4.25331 reviews
93Herschel RetreatHerschel Retreat4.251,109 reviews
94Zomake UltraZomake Ultra4.255,187 reviews
95Lowe Alpine EclipseLowe Alpine Eclipse4.2431 reviews
96Columbia VarsityColumbia Varsity4.24105 reviews
97Camelbak CoronadoCamelbak Coronado4.2312 reviews
98Mammut NeonMammut Neon4.2353 reviews
99Deuter ZugspitzeDeuter Zugspitze4.2313 reviews
100Platypus DuthiePlatypus Duthie4.23123 reviews
101Mindshift Gear UltralightMindshift Gear Ultralight4.2358 reviews
102Osprey SirrusOsprey Sirrus4.22499 reviews
103Osprey TaliaOsprey Talia4.2211 reviews
104Osprey QuestaOsprey Questa4.22181 reviews
105Lowe Alpine StrikeLowe Alpine Strike4.2211 reviews
106Black Diamond Dawn PatrolBlack Diamond Dawn Patrol4.2229 reviews
107Deuter TransitDeuter Transit4.2242 reviews
108Sea to Summit Ultra-SilSea to Summit Ultra-Sil4.22967 reviews
109Osprey OzoneOsprey Ozone4.21519 reviews
110Gregory JunoGregory Juno4.2126 reviews
111Mountainsmith Clear CreekMountainsmith Clear Creek4.2187 reviews
112Mystery Ranch KletterwerksMystery Ranch Kletterwerks4.2114 reviews
113Cotopaxi LuzonCotopaxi Luzon4.21273 reviews
114Osprey EllipseOsprey Ellipse4.21125 reviews
115The North Face Hot ShotThe North Face Hot Shot4.20112 reviews
116Gregory MatiaGregory Matia4.2072 reviews
117Patagonia PaxatPatagonia Paxat4.2095 reviews
118Patagonia LightweightPatagonia Lightweight4.201,752 reviews
119SOG NinjaSOG Ninja4.20565 reviews
120Burton ProspectBurton Prospect4.19790 reviews
121Patagonia ToromiroPatagonia Toromiro4.1968 reviews
122EVOC FREVOC FR4.19355 reviews
123Columbia TamolitchColumbia Tamolitch4.19224 reviews
124Gregory DevaGregory Deva4.18381 reviews
125Pacsafe CitysafePacsafe Citysafe4.181,605 reviews
126Tumi AlphaTumi Alpha4.181,413 reviews
127Dakine FactorDakine Factor4.17339 reviews
128Jansport OdysseyJansport Odyssey4.17282 reviews
129High Sierra LoopHigh Sierra Loop4.1713,857 reviews
130Seibertron FalconSeibertron Falcon4.171,368 reviews
131Orvis Safe PassageOrvis Safe Passage4.1784 reviews
132Black Diamond BulletBlack Diamond Bullet4.1659 reviews
133Black Diamond SparkBlack Diamond Spark4.1616 reviews
134Vera Bradley Lighten UpVera Bradley Lighten Up4.16785 reviews
135Marmot GravitonMarmot Graviton4.1511 reviews
136Dakine CampusDakine Campus4.155,352 reviews
137Dakine DetailDakine Detail4.15282 reviews
138Arcteryx GranvilleArcteryx Granville4.1548 reviews
139Cotopaxi KilimanjaroCotopaxi Kilimanjaro4.1519 reviews
140Eddie Bauer StowawayEddie Bauer Stowaway4.15294 reviews
141Maxpedition CondorMaxpedition Condor4.15495 reviews
142Tumi VoyageurTumi Voyageur4.15766 reviews
143Osprey FairviewOsprey Fairview4.14116 reviews
144Osprey UltralightOsprey Ultralight4.142,232 reviews
145Gregory ZuluGregory Zulu4.14434 reviews
146Gregory JGregory J4.1468 reviews
147High Sierra EmmettHigh Sierra Emmett4.1482 reviews
148Black Diamond SpeedBlack Diamond Speed4.1465 reviews
149Burton Day HikerBurton Day Hiker4.14231 reviews
150The North Face VaultThe North Face Vault4.134,955 reviews
151The North Face MicrobyteThe North Face Microbyte4.13526 reviews
152Eagle Creek PackableEagle Creek Packable4.13185 reviews
153The North Face PivoterThe North Face Pivoter4.121,339 reviews
154Quechua ForclazQuechua Forclaz4.126,299 reviews
155The North Face InductorThe North Face Inductor4.1125 reviews
156Mountain Hardwear South ColMountain Hardwear South Col4.1110 reviews
157Fjallraven RavenFjallraven Raven4.11350 reviews
158Oakley LinkOakley Link4.1128 reviews
159Thule StirThule Stir4.11136 reviews
160Osprey WayfarerOsprey Wayfarer4.1019 reviews
161Black Diamond BbeeBlack Diamond Bbee4.1038 reviews
162Gregory TargheeGregory Targhee4.0971 reviews
163Gregory AlpinistoGregory Alpinisto4.0942 reviews
164Kelty RedwingKelty Redwing4.091,910 reviews
165Osprey VariantOsprey Variant4.08110 reviews
166Osprey RevOsprey Rev4.08396 reviews
167Gregory DriftGregory Drift4.0810 reviews
168Arcteryx AeriosArcteryx Aerios4.0812 reviews
169Burton ExportBurton Export4.0816 reviews
170Vera Bradley Preppy PolyVera Bradley Preppy Poly4.08399 reviews
171Osprey KobyOsprey Koby4.0735 reviews
172Mountainsmith Grand TourMountainsmith Grand Tour4.0728 reviews
173Camelbak QuanticoCamelbak Quantico4.0742 reviews
174High Sierra SummitHigh Sierra Summit4.07337 reviews
175Timbuk2 QTimbuk2 Q4.07328 reviews
176Gregory MavenGregory Maven4.0617 reviews
177Lowe Alpine AirZoneLowe Alpine AirZone4.0565 reviews
178Chrome UrbanChrome Urban4.05329 reviews
179Tenzing TXTenzing TX4.0522 reviews
180Gregory SalvoGregory Salvo4.0442 reviews
181Gregory CitroGregory Citro4.0411 reviews
182Osprey KamberOsprey Kamber4.0387 reviews
183Osprey PulsarOsprey Pulsar4.0390 reviews
184High Sierra TitanHigh Sierra Titan4.031,269 reviews
185Black Diamond BlitzBlack Diamond Blitz4.0312 reviews
186Fjallraven RucksackFjallraven Rucksack4.03669 reviews
187Pacsafe MetrosafePacsafe Metrosafe4.032,520 reviews
188Pacsafe VenturesafePacsafe Venturesafe4.03721 reviews
189Herschel Little AmericaHerschel Little America4.032,798 reviews
190OGIO SohoOGIO Soho4.031,668 reviews
191Osprey ParsecOsprey Parsec4.0229 reviews
192LowePro HatchbackLowePro Hatchback4.023,186 reviews
193High Sierra CurveHigh Sierra Curve4.013,251 reviews
194Black Diamond GymBlack Diamond Gym4.0118 reviews
195Burton WestfallBurton Westfall4.0110 reviews
196Fjallraven FoldsackFjallraven Foldsack4.01433 reviews
197Osprey SpinOsprey Spin4.0063 reviews
198Gregory ParagonGregory Paragon4.0061 reviews
199Gregory MiwokGregory Miwok4.00106 reviews
200High Sierra PathwayHigh Sierra Pathway4.00279 reviews
201Black Diamond NitroBlack Diamond Nitro4.0046 reviews
202Burton KiloBurton Kilo4.00938 reviews
203Deuter QuantumDeuter Quantum4.0025 reviews
204Osprey MomentumOsprey Momentum3.99199 reviews
205Osprey CyberOsprey Cyber3.99211 reviews
206High Sierra SwerveHigh Sierra Swerve3.9919,671 reviews
207The North Face IsabellaThe North Face Isabella3.98502 reviews
208Camelbak OctaneCamelbak Octane3.98179 reviews
209High Sierra TacticHigh Sierra Tactic3.98730 reviews
210Arcteryx LunaraArcteryx Lunara3.9816 reviews
211Vaude BrentaVaude Brenta3.9818 reviews
212Exped SummitExped Summit3.9815 reviews
213Venture Pal LightweightVenture Pal Lightweight3.984,925 reviews
214Quechua ArpenazQuechua Arpenaz3.9717,201 reviews
215OGIO BrooklynOGIO Brooklyn3.973,359 reviews
216Brooks DalstonBrooks Dalston3.9719 reviews
217Zac Zac Posen EarthaZac Zac Posen Eartha3.9712 reviews
218Gregory StoutGregory Stout3.96154 reviews
219Jansport Big StudentJansport Big Student3.96122,012 reviews
220Black Diamond Super ChuteBlack Diamond Super Chute3.9683 reviews
221Patagonia ArborPatagonia Arbor3.96610 reviews
222Gregory VerteGregory Verte3.9510 reviews
223Hynes EagleHynes Eagle3.954,381 reviews
224Exos BravoExos Bravo3.95554 reviews
225Osprey PandionOsprey Pandion3.9414 reviews
226Pacsafe VibePacsafe Vibe3.93338 reviews
227TYR AllianceTYR Alliance3.933,071 reviews
228Mountainsmith AdventureMountainsmith Adventure3.9263 reviews
229High Sierra CirqueHigh Sierra Cirque3.92254 reviews
230Timbuk2 UptownTimbuk2 Uptown3.92193 reviews
231Timbuk2 AceTimbuk2 Ace3.92140 reviews
232The North Face AuroraThe North Face Aurora3.9114 reviews
233Herschel HeritageHerschel Heritage3.911,525 reviews
234Kipling ChallengerKipling Challenger3.91842 reviews
235Timbuk2 EspecialTimbuk2 Especial3.89505 reviews
236Osprey PixelOsprey Pixel3.88232 reviews
237Gregory SulaGregory Sula3.8815 reviews
238Timbuk2 QuestTimbuk2 Quest3.8819 reviews
239Eagle Creek XTAEagle Creek XTA3.8836 reviews
240Burton ApolloBurton Apollo3.87118 reviews
241Wilson TourWilson Tour3.87985 reviews
242Cotopaxi BomaCotopaxi Boma3.8639 reviews
243High Sierra WarrenHigh Sierra Warren3.8572 reviews
244Patagonia YerbaPatagonia Yerba3.85152 reviews
245Vaude JuraVaude Jura3.8510 reviews
246Osprey PerigeeOsprey Perigee3.8425 reviews
247Exped CloudburstExped Cloudburst3.8450 reviews
248Fjallraven KankenFjallraven Kanken3.8411,270 reviews
249The North Face KabanThe North Face Kaban3.8382 reviews
250Black Diamond CreekBlack Diamond Creek3.8266 reviews
251Patagonia AtomPatagonia Atom3.821,053 reviews
252Gregory BorderGregory Border3.8127 reviews
253Thule CapstoneThule Capstone3.81126 reviews
254Gregory MayaGregory Maya3.80107 reviews
255Gregory SuciaGregory Sucia3.8012 reviews
256Mountain Hardwear OzonicMountain Hardwear Ozonic3.8012 reviews
257Herschel SupplyHerschel Supply3.7920,692 reviews
258Fjallraven GreenlandFjallraven Greenland3.78390 reviews
259Thule CovertThule Covert3.77296 reviews
260OGIO BanditOGIO Bandit3.771,160 reviews
261The North Face ElectraThe North Face Electra3.76362 reviews
262Burton BravoBurton Bravo3.7664 reviews
263High Sierra ExplorerHigh Sierra Explorer3.74648 reviews
264Burton KettleBurton Kettle3.74857 reviews
265Gregory PatosGregory Patos3.7316 reviews
266Jansport DriverJansport Driver3.7315,670 reviews
267Pacsafe UltimatesafePacsafe Ultimatesafe3.7310 reviews
268Eagle Creek AfarEagle Creek Afar3.7252 reviews
269Deuter AirliteDeuter Airlite3.7198 reviews
270Pacsafe SlingsafePacsafe Slingsafe3.71569 reviews
271OGIO TribuneOGIO Tribune3.71895 reviews
272High Sierra AccessHigh Sierra Access3.7011,074 reviews
273OXA UltralightOXA Ultralight3.70541 reviews
274High Sierra MorayHigh Sierra Moray3.69199 reviews
275Timbuk2 SunsetTimbuk2 Sunset3.69205 reviews
276Arcteryx MantisArcteryx Mantis3.6842 reviews
277Thule DeparterThule Departer3.6874 reviews
278Watershed Big CreekWatershed Big Creek3.6833 reviews
279High Sierra SentinelHigh Sierra Sentinel3.67508 reviews
280Mountain Hardwear HuecoMountain Hardwear Hueco3.6636 reviews
281Patagonia RefugioPatagonia Refugio3.661,520 reviews
282Badlands ReactorBadlands Reactor3.6519 reviews
283Black Diamond MercuryBlack Diamond Mercury3.6484 reviews
284Outdoor Research RangefinderOutdoor Research Rangefinder3.6438 reviews
285Tenba ShootoutTenba Shootout3.63292 reviews
286The North Face WavelengthThe North Face Wavelength3.6213 reviews
287Jansport SinderJansport Sinder3.62124 reviews
288Mountain Hardwear EnterpriseMountain Hardwear Enterprise3.6261 reviews
289Patagonia ChacabucoPatagonia Chacabuco3.6059 reviews
290Black Diamond CirqueBlack Diamond Cirque3.5937 reviews
291Timbuk2 MuttmoverTimbuk2 Muttmover3.5957 reviews
292High Sierra HawkHigh Sierra Hawk3.5846 reviews
293Gregory SketchGregory Sketch3.5793 reviews
294Deuter GuideDeuter Guide3.5720 reviews
295Columbia BeaconColumbia Beacon3.571,400 reviews
296The North Face SproutThe North Face Sprout3.56375 reviews
297Burton CadetBurton Cadet3.56131 reviews
298Cotopaxi IncaCotopaxi Inca3.5525 reviews
299Kalusi LightweightKalusi Lightweight3.5538 reviews
300Black Diamond MagnumBlack Diamond Magnum3.5424 reviews
301Black Diamond BoltBlack Diamond Bolt3.5335 reviews
302Pacsafe IntasafePacsafe Intasafe3.53162 reviews
303Thule PerspektivThule Perspektiv3.53173 reviews
304Thule EnRouteThule EnRoute3.52768 reviews
305Jansport Spring BreakJansport Spring Break3.52521 reviews
306Burton CurbsharkBurton Curbshark3.5016 reviews
307Burton Snake MountainBurton Snake Mountain3.4925 reviews
308High Sierra ModiHigh Sierra Modi3.4848 reviews
309The North Face ShadowThe North Face Shadow3.4743 reviews
310Tenba DiscoveryTenba Discovery3.4661 reviews
311Samsonite XenonSamsonite Xenon3.451,464 reviews
312High Sierra PropelHigh Sierra Propel3.44310 reviews
313Vanguard PioneerVanguard Pioneer3.4446 reviews
314Timbuk2 HeistTimbuk2 Heist3.4137 reviews
315Osprey BitstreamOsprey Bitstream3.3913 reviews
316Mammut XeronMammut Xeron3.3916 reviews
317Outdoor Products VortexOutdoor Products Vortex3.38220 reviews
318Herschel DawsonHerschel Dawson3.35101 reviews
319ALPS Mountaineering ArvadaALPS Mountaineering Arvada3.3013 reviews
320Arcteryx BladeArcteryx Blade3.2490 reviews
321High Sierra QuickshotHigh Sierra Quickshot3.23802 reviews
322High Sierra WahooHigh Sierra Wahoo3.22191 reviews
323Thule ParamountThule Paramount3.2279 reviews
324Herschel PackableHerschel Packable3.2216 reviews
325Burton GromletBurton Gromlet3.20130 reviews
326High Sierra LongshotHigh Sierra Longshot3.19230 reviews
327High Sierra PiranhaHigh Sierra Piranha3.18489 reviews
328High Sierra XBTHigh Sierra XBT3.161,330 reviews
329MCM StarkMCM Stark3.1327 reviews
330Marmot ArborMarmot Arbor3.0411 reviews
331Black Diamond AxisBlack Diamond Axis3.0423 reviews
332Vango FreedomVango Freedom3.0013 reviews
333Pacsafe PouchsafePacsafe Pouchsafe2.9917 reviews
334Furla CandyFurla Candy2.9557 reviews
335Jack Wolfskin BerkeleyJack Wolfskin Berkeley2.9021 reviews
336High Sierra WaveHigh Sierra Wave2.89782 reviews
337High Sierra RiptideHigh Sierra Riptide2.8130 reviews
338High Sierra MarlinHigh Sierra Marlin2.8076 reviews
339High Sierra TethurHigh Sierra Tethur2.6620 reviews
340Dakine WillowDakine Willow2.6026 reviews
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Buyers Guide to Daypacks


A daypack is the best carrying solution when you are only planning on being outdoors for a couple of hours or more. This is probably one of the most popular type of packs, however, so you are going to find yourself bombarded with various options. So, with all of these models, features, and designs, how do you figure out what you need?

Luckily for you, there are some strategies you can use to separate the great from the weak. In this article, you will be able to figure out how to grade each pack and then decide what the right one is for you. Happy Choosing!

How to Choose a Daypack

The advantage of daypacks being quite so popular is that you have a large selection to choose from. Thus, it is more likely that you will find one that is a perfect fit for you. At the same time, it does mean that you have to wade through quite a few packs before stumbling upon the right one. Well, to figure out which one will actually be of greatest benefit to you, here is what you should consider:

What Is Your Activity of Choice?

First things first, what exactly do you need your daypack for? Are you going on a hike, climbing rocky terrain, hitting the slopes, commuting or cycling? The following sections will make it easier to find the ideal daypack based on your activity:

Hiking

There are three things to think about when looking for daypacks for hiking. These are space, comfort, and the number of compartments. For most day hikes, you aren’t going to need much more than food, water, a layer of clothing, and perhaps a first aid kit. However, it is a good idea if all of the items aren’t placed in one compartment. Having numerous pockets, especially on the outside will make it easier for you to reach various items without having to stop. These type of daypacks also need to be comfortable to carry on your shoulders and be able to stabilize weight well.

Running

When running, you want to carry as little as possible with you, so these daypacks should be on the smaller side. However, lots of compartments on the outside are quite important. This is especially for those that are used to store hydration bladders or water bottles. These type of daypacks need to have straps that can pin it to your body. This way, there will be limited movement when you are running.

Climbing

When it comes to climbing, the size of the daypack is really up to you. For instance, some climbers prefer smaller packs as they are easier to move around with. Other climbers, however, carry a lot of gear with them. Due to this, they prefer larger daypacks that has a stabilizing framework. One thing you should undoubtedly look for such daypacks is plenty of loops and chains. This will allow you to fix and your gear that you may need to the outside of the pack so it can be reached quite easily. Also, a narrower profile will make it easier for you to move your shoulders and arms as you climb.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Usually, cyclists prefer small daypacks that fit tightly against their backs. This prevents any excessive movement while cycling and prevents any wind resistance as well. Mountain bikers, on the other hand, may choose larger packs. This lets them carry their tools and gear with them. To make things easier, daypacks for cycling and mountain biking should have hydration packs so that you don’t have to stop to drink water. They should also have a low profile hip belt so that there is no discomfort as you peddle.

Snowboarding or Skiing

The main focus of these daypacks is to have little restriction and to move as little as possible. This means that they are often smaller and narrower. They also come equipped with sternum and hip belts so that they can be secured tightly to your body. You should look for daypacks that will allow you to fasten your gear or snowshoes to the pack.

Commuting

Daypacks aren’t just for sports and outdoor activities, they can also be used just to travel around, perhaps to and from school. Here, the size is largely up to how you need to carry on a daily basis. What is important, though, is how many organizational features there are. For instance, you may require lots of compartments, both large and small to store various items. Also, students can find laptop compartments quite handy too. Since you will be travelling with them quite often, the straps will also need to be comfortable.

Daypack

The Capacity of the Daypack

Now, just how large your daypack needs to be is dependent on you. You will need to take your activity, items that you need to carry, and your size into consideration. Once you have an idea of how much space you need, you can compare it to the most common sizes available:
  • 10 – 20 liters: daypacks of this size are able to store some food, water, gear, and perhaps even an extra item of clothing. These are a good fit for climbers, mountain bikers, or perhaps really short hikes.
  • 20 – 30 liters: daypacks between these sizes are what is best for most day hikes. This will allow you to carry all of the food and water you will need. There is often enough room for some clothing items.
  • 30 – 50 liters: if you want to carry a good amount of gear with you in addition to the water and food, this is a good sized daypack. It is also adequate for extra layers of clothes as well.

The Fit

It doesn’t matter what activity you need your daypack for, it is vital that it fits you just right. This will help you to move without hassle, allow the weight to be distributed more equally, and ensure that you are comfortable. This is what you need to ensure a good fit:

Balance between Daypack and Torso Length

To ensure that the daypack fits on your back properly and that your gait is not hindered, you need the length of your torso and that of the daypack to be similar. If you are buying online, this means that you will need to compare measurements. Consider the length between the base of your neck and just above your hip bones against the pack length.

If you are making the purchase in-store, try the pack on. There should be no gap where the bag meets your shoulders. If there is one, it means the pack is too large. On the other hand, if the straps connect to the pack only just under your arms, it is too short. The pack should sit just above your hip bones so that it won’t get in the way of your walking.

Hip Belt and Sternum Strap

The hip belt will right above your hip bones and is responsible for carrying most of the weight of the bag. This means that you will need to check that once the strap is adjusted that it sits snugly around your waist. This is the best way to take the pressure off your shoulders.

The sternum strap will help to balance out the weight too, especially when carrying heavier loads. It also aids in stabilizing the bag by pinning it to your chest. Make certain that it is a close fit and not too loose.

Women Specific Daypacks

In certain instances, a woman specific bag can actually be quite useful. These are designed to cater to shorter individuals who have wider hips. The sternum strap is also made to sit higher up to accommodate a larger bust. If you, as a woman, are finding it difficult to find traditional daypacks that fit, you may want to consider the more tailored packs.

Ventilated Back Panels

If you are going to be engaged in strenuous activities, there is one thing that you can be certain of: sweat. When you are carrying a load on your back, you can feel even more uncomfortable. If you are anticipating a good workout, you should look for mesh back panels.

The mesh ensures that the perspiration is not absorbed and instead lets the material dry faster. What the panels really do, though, is create space between the bag and your back. This way, cool air is allowed to pass through this space, keeping your back cool.

Type of Pack Access

The other question is just how much access do you want to your daypack throughout your excursion? Most daypacks have what is known as a top loading design. This means that most of your belongings will be placed inside one compartment. The items that you will need later on go at the bottom of the pile while those that should be readily available go on top. These packs are known for their lightweight and simple design.

If you are looking for a bit more organization, then you should look into the front loading or panel access. These contain a main compartment and then oftentimes smaller pockets. This way, you can access the bag panel by panel which makes it easier to find what you need. These additional features can sometimes result in a lighter weight for the pack.

Water Resistance

Since you are only going to use this pack for short periods of time, it is unlikely that you will require a pack that is waterproof. Instead, one that has water resistance features should be more than adequate. PU coated nylon is usually a good choice if you are expecting a little bit of rain or want to protect your belongings from moisture. There are some daypacks that come with their own rain cover which is made from water resistant materials.

These are all of the features and elements that you should take into consideration when choosing your daypack. This will make it much more likely that you will buy a pack that will serve you and your lifestyle well.

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Classic daypacks and models that haven't yet got enough reviews to be ranked.

RankDaypackRating
Osprey KrestaOsprey Kresta
Osprey PaleaOsprey Palea
Marmot Big BasinMarmot Big Basin
Marmot EmpireMarmot Empire
Marmot AnzaMarmot Anza
Marmot Salt PointMarmot Salt Point
Marmot GunnisonMarmot Gunnison
Marmot RootMarmot Root
Marmot ScreeMarmot Scree
The North Face CinderThe North Face Cinder
The North Face AleiaThe North Face Aleia
The North Face LitusThe North Face Litus
The North Face SlackpackThe North Face Slackpack
The North Face SnomadThe North Face Snomad
Dakine PatrolDakine Patrol
Gregory MuirGregory Muir
Gregory MillcreekGregory Millcreek
Gregory TahquitzGregory Tahquitz
Gregory PierpontGregory Pierpont
Gregory KletterGregory Kletter
Gregory VelataGregory Velata
Gregory TarifaGregory Tarifa
Gregory SatumaGregory Satuma
Gregory BooneGregory Boone
Gregory BaffinGregory Baffin
Mountainsmith CavernMountainsmith Cavern
Mountainsmith DivideMountainsmith Divide
Mountainsmith SpectrumMountainsmith Spectrum
Mountainsmith WizardMountainsmith Wizard
Lowe Alpine VectorLowe Alpine Vector
Lowe Alpine CholatseLowe Alpine Cholatse
Lowe Alpine Peak AscentLowe Alpine Peak Ascent
Lowe Alpine SparkLowe Alpine Spark
Lowe Alpine KlettersackLowe Alpine Klettersack
Lowe Alpine AdventurerLowe Alpine Adventurer
Lowe Alpine GuideLowe Alpine Guide
Lowe Alpine ATLowe Alpine AT
Lowe Alpine TensorLowe Alpine Tensor
High Sierra AscenderHigh Sierra Ascender
High Sierra LightningHigh Sierra Lightning
Black Diamond Creek Transit
Mountain Hardwear DirettissimaMountain Hardwear Direttissima
Burton GorgeBurton Gorge
Burton HikerBurton Hiker
Burton Kettle Pack
Burton FathomBurton Fathom
Mammut LithiaMammut Lithia
Mammut SpindriftMammut Spindrift
Patagonia BonsaiPatagonia Bonsai
Deuter TravellerDeuter Traveller
Vaude MaremmaVaude Maremma
Vaude ScopiVaude Scopi
Exped SkylineExped Skyline
Exped GlissadeExped Glissade
Exped TyphoonExped Typhoon
Exped MountainExped Mountain
Boreas EchoBoreas Echo
Boreas ExcelsiorBoreas Excelsior
Boreas LarkinBoreas Larkin
Boreas MissionBoreas Mission
Boreas Muir
Eagle Creek Ready GoEagle Creek Ready Go
Montane JawsMontane Jaws
Montane DragonMontane Dragon
EMS SectorEMS Sector
Columbia CircuitColumbia Circuit
Fjallraven AbiskoFjallraven Abisko
ALPS Mountaineering SolitudeALPS Mountaineering Solitude
Bergans RondaneBergans Rondane
Bergans HeliumBergans Helium
Grivel Mountain RunnerGrivel Mountain Runner
Heimplanet MonolithHeimplanet Monolith
Herschel BarlowHerschel Barlow
Ortovox TradOrtovox Trad
Ortovox PeakOrtovox Peak
Salewa CrestSalewa Crest
Sea to Summit FlowSea to Summit Flow
Slumberjack StriderSlumberjack Strider
Ortlieb CommuterOrtlieb Commuter
Mindshift Gear BackLightMindshift Gear BackLight
Tumi Alpha Bravo
Hudson Sutler YorktownHudson Sutler Yorktown
Olympia DenaliOlympia Denali
Fjallraven KirunaFjallraven Kiruna

Last updated on February 09, 2019

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