Top 350 Best Reviewed Daypacks - Buyers Guide 2018


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.

To help you choose, we have checked 335,549 reviews to find the best reviewed daypacks.

Check out the top 350 list below - and the top 3 most popular daypacks, if you just want to check out some of the most popular models (the models that most people end up buying).
How we rate the bags

We have checked thousands of reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of all the bags.

Using the average ratings, you can check what all the reviewers think instead of just viewing the subjective opinion of one specific reviewer.

It's much simplier to find the best bags that way.



Top 3 most popular daypacks 2018


Fjallraven Kanken backpack
Fjallraven Kanken
Rated 4.5 based on 5,765 reviews.

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The North Face Borealis backpack
The North Face Borealis
Rated 4.7 based on 11,553 reviews.

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Kelty Redwing backpack
Kelty Redwing
Rated 4.6 based on 1,809 reviews.

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Below is the top 350 list based on the thousands of reviews we have checked.


Top 350 daypacks 2018


Osprey Tropos backpack
Osprey Tropos
Price range $$
Osprey logo
5.0
7 reviews

Marmot Eldorado backpack
Marmot Eldorado
Price range $
Marmot logo
5.0
18 reviews

Marmot Urban Hauler backpack
Marmot Urban Hauler
Capacity 14-28 l (854.3-1708.7 cuin)
Price range $
Marmot logo
5.0
41 reviews

Gregory Drift backpack
Gregory Drift
Price range $$
Gregory logo
5.0
3 reviews

Lowe Alpine Vector backpack
Lowe Alpine Vector
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo
5.0
3 reviews

Lowe Alpine Strike backpack
Lowe Alpine Strike
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo
5.0
8 reviews

Lowe Alpine AT backpack
Lowe Alpine AT
Price range $$$
Lowe alpine logo
5.0
6 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Direttissima backpack
Mountain Hardwear Direttissima
Capacity 50-55 l (3050-3356.3 cuin)
Price range $$$
Mountain hardwear logo
5.0
5 reviews

Burton Riders backpack
Burton Riders
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Burton logo
5.0
4 reviews

Mammut Lithium backpack
Mammut Lithium
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Mammut logo
5.0
6 reviews

Mammut Nirvana backpack
Mammut Nirvana
Price range $$$
Mammut logo
5.0
9 reviews

Deuter Walker backpack
Deuter Walker
Price range $
Deuter logo
5.0
11 reviews

Mindshift Gear BackLight backpack
Mindshift gear logo
5.0
3 reviews

Ethnotek Raja backpack
Ethnotek Raja
Price range $$$

5.0
9 reviews

Olympia Denali backpack
Olympia Denali
Price range $

5.0
4 reviews

Osprey Radial backpack
Osprey Radial
Price range $$
Osprey logo
5.0
35 reviews

Black Diamond Creek Transit backpack
Black diamond logo
5.0
17 reviews

Mystery Ranch Scree backpack
Mystery Ranch Scree
Price range $$$
Mystery ranch logo
4.9
33 reviews

The North Face Big Shot backpack
The North Face Big Shot
Capacity 33 l (2013.8 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.9
172 reviews

Mammut Trion backpack
Mammut Trion
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Mammut logo
4.9
18 reviews

Gregory Denali backpack
Gregory Denali
Capacity 75-103 l (4576.8-6285 cuin)
Price range $$$$
Gregory logo
4.9
17 reviews

Patagonia Ironwood backpack
Patagonia Ironwood
Capacity 20 l (1220.5 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.9
60 reviews

Lowe Alpine Eclipse backpack
Lowe Alpine Eclipse
Price range $$$
Lowe alpine logo
4.8
26 reviews

Patagonia Bonsai backpack
Patagonia Bonsai
Capacity 14 l (854.3 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.8
4 reviews

Outdoor Research Dry backpack
Outdoor Research Dry
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Outdoor research logo
4.8
37 reviews

Gregory Baltoro backpack
Gregory Baltoro
Capacity 92 l (5614 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.8
707 reviews

Mammut Neon backpack
Mammut Neon
Price range $$
Mammut logo
4.8
27 reviews

Osprey Xena backpack
Osprey Xena
Capacity 70 l (4271.7 cuin)
Price range $$$$
Osprey logo
4.8
29 reviews

Gregory Citro backpack
Gregory Citro
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.8
6 reviews

Deuter Guide backpack
Deuter Guide
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.8
15 reviews

Osprey Xenith backpack
Osprey Xenith
Price range $$$$
Osprey logo
4.8
200 reviews

Mountainsmith Divide backpack
Mountainsmith Divide
Capacity 22 l (1340 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountainsmith logo
4.8
9 reviews

Knomo Beauchamp backpack
Knomo Beauchamp
Price range $$$

4.8
32 reviews

Osprey Mutant backpack
Osprey Mutant
Capacity 28-38 l (1708.7-2318.9 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
39 reviews

Gregory Jade backpack
Gregory Jade
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.8
60 reviews

Osprey Questa backpack
Osprey Questa
Capacity 27 l (1648 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
53 reviews

Arcteryx Aerios backpack
Arcteryx Aerios
Capacity 10 l (610.2 cuin)
Price range $$
Arcteryx logo
4.8
5 reviews

Burton Metalhead backpack
Burton Metalhead
Price range $
Burton logo
4.8
57 reviews

Patagonia Paxat backpack
Patagonia Paxat
Capacity 32 l (1953 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.8
95 reviews

Columbia Varsity backpack
Columbia Varsity
Price range $
Columbia logo
4.8
60 reviews

Cotopaxi Cusco backpack
Cotopaxi Cusco
Price range $$
Cotopaxi logo
4.8
41 reviews

The North Face Banchee backpack
The North Face Banchee
Price range $$$
The north face logo
4.8
22 reviews

Gregory Amber backpack
Gregory Amber
Capacity 25 l (1525.6 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.8
74 reviews

Patagonia Toromiro backpack
Patagonia Toromiro
Capacity 22 l (1342.5 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.8
68 reviews

Osprey Aether backpack
Osprey Aether
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
747 reviews

Osprey Aura backpack
Osprey Aura
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
357 reviews

High Sierra Broghan backpack
High Sierra Broghan
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.8
39 reviews

Columbia Circuit backpack
Columbia Circuit
Price range $$
Columbia logo
4.8
4 reviews

Osprey Ariel backpack
Osprey Ariel
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
279 reviews

Fjallraven Raven backpack
Fjallraven Raven
Capacity 7-20 l (427-1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.8
226 reviews

Osprey Nebula backpack
Osprey Nebula
Capacity 34 l (2075 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
125 reviews

Osprey Atmos backpack
Osprey Atmos
Capacity 50-65 l (3051.2-3966.5 cuin)
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
1,527 reviews

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol backpack
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.8
20 reviews

Marmot Graviton backpack
Marmot Graviton
Price range $$
Marmot logo
4.8
4 reviews

The North Face Aleia backpack
The North Face Aleia
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.8
4 reviews

Lowepro Ridgeline backpack
Lowepro Ridgeline
Price range $$$
Lowepro logo
4.8
52 reviews

The North Face Recon backpack
The North Face Recon
Capacity 17-31 l (1037.4-1892 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
8,600 reviews

Dakine Eve backpack
Dakine Eve
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.7
84 reviews

Osprey Kestrel backpack
Osprey Kestrel
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
618 reviews

Marmot Kompressor backpack
Marmot Kompressor
Capacity 22 l (1342.5 cuin)
Price range $
Marmot logo
4.7
171 reviews

Mountainsmith Wizard backpack
Mountainsmith Wizard
Capacity 29 l (1770 cuin)
Price range $$$
Mountainsmith logo
4.7
3 reviews

Burton Day Hiker backpack
Burton Day Hiker
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.7
128 reviews

Jack Wolfskin Moab backpack
Jack Wolfskin Moab
Price range $$
Jack wolfskin logo
4.7
13 reviews

Osprey Flare backpack
Osprey Flare
Capacity 22 l (1343 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
87 reviews

The North Face Borealis backpack
The North Face Borealis
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
11,553 reviews

The North Face Router backpack
The North Face Router
Capacity 35-42.6 l (2135.8-2600 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
587 reviews

Lowe Alpine Manaslu backpack
Lowe Alpine Manaslu
Price range $$$
Lowe alpine logo
4.7
7 reviews

Exped Skyline backpack
Exped Skyline
Price range $$
Exped logo
4.7
7 reviews

Osprey Escapist backpack
Osprey Escapist
Capacity 18-25 l (1098.4-1525.6 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
1,221 reviews

The North Face Berkeley backpack
The north face logo
4.7
164 reviews

Fjallraven Abisko backpack
Fjallraven Abisko
Price range $$$
Fjallraven logo
4.7
4 reviews

Gonex Ultra backpack
Gonex Ultra
Price range $
Gonex logo
4.7
3,139 reviews

Michael Kors Rhea backpack
Michael Kors Rhea
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.7
71 reviews

Osprey Exos backpack
Osprey Exos
Capacity 38 l (2318.9 cuin)
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.7
757 reviews

Osprey Celeste backpack
Osprey Celeste
Capacity 29 l (1770 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
130 reviews

Gregory Boone backpack
Gregory Boone
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.7
7 reviews

Lowe Alpine AirZone backpack
Lowe Alpine AirZone
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo
4.7
48 reviews

Burton Export backpack
Burton Export
Price range $
Burton logo
4.7
14 reviews

Patagonia Black Hole backpack
Patagonia Black Hole
5 bag types available.
Capacity 25-32 l (1526-1953 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.7
1,212 reviews

Deuter Traveller backpack
Deuter Traveller
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.7
9 reviews

Osprey Talon backpack
Osprey Talon
2 bag types available.
Capacity 33 l (2013.8 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
643 reviews

Osprey Raptor backpack
Osprey Raptor
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
369 reviews

The North Face Jester backpack
The North Face Jester
Capacity 26 l (1586.6 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo
4.7
9,861 reviews

Osprey Kresta backpack
Osprey Kresta
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
3 reviews

Black Diamond Bullet backpack
Black Diamond Bullet
Capacity 16 l (976.4 cuin)
Price range $
Black diamond logo
4.7
59 reviews

Osprey Pulsar backpack
Osprey Pulsar
Capacity 30 l (1831 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
59 reviews

Herschel Dawson backpack
Herschel Dawson
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Herschel logo
4.6
118 reviews

Osprey Manta backpack
Osprey Manta
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
87 reviews

The North Face Surge backpack
The North Face Surge
Capacity 33-38 l (2013.8-2319 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.6
3,931 reviews

Dakine Foundation backpack
Dakine Foundation
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
43 reviews

Mountainsmith Approach backpack
Mountainsmith logo
4.6
57 reviews

Deuter Futura backpack
Deuter Futura
Capacity 34-50 l (2074-3051 cuin)
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
123 reviews

Gregory Stout backpack
Gregory Stout
Capacity 26 l (1586.6 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.6
52 reviews

Kelty Redwing backpack
Kelty Redwing
Capacity 39.3-50.8 l (2400-3100 cuin)
Price range $$
Kelty logo
4.6
1,809 reviews

Camelbak Coronado backpack
Camelbak Coronado
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.6
12 reviews

Black Diamond Blitz backpack
Black Diamond Blitz
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.6
12 reviews

Burton Prospect backpack
Burton Prospect
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Burton logo
4.6
531 reviews

Osprey Momentum backpack
Osprey Momentum
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
124 reviews

The North Face Electra backpack
The north face logo
4.6
75 reviews

Camelbak Cloud Walker backpack
Camelbak Cloud Walker
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.6
167 reviews

Burton Annex backpack
Burton Annex
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.6
83 reviews

Vaude Brenta backpack
Vaude Brenta
Price range $$
Vaude logo
4.6
20 reviews

EVOC FR backpack
EVOC FR
Capacity 16-30 l (976-1830 cuin)
Price range $$$
Evoc logo
4.6
244 reviews

Tumi Alpha Bravo backpack
Tumi Alpha Bravo
4 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Tumi logo
4.6
271 reviews

Marmot Salt Point backpack
Marmot Salt Point
Price range $
Marmot logo
4.6
8 reviews

Gregory Zulu backpack
Gregory Zulu
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.6
215 reviews

Mountain Hardwear South Col backpack
Mountain Hardwear South Col
Capacity 75 l (4576.8 cuin)
Price range $$$
Mountain hardwear logo
4.6
10 reviews

The North Face Isabella backpack
The north face logo
4.6
203 reviews

Mountainsmith Clear Creek backpack
Mountainsmith logo
4.6
69 reviews

Eagle Creek Convertabrief backpack
Eagle creek logo
4.6
15 reviews

Eddie Bauer Stowaway backpack
Eddie bauer logo
4.6
59 reviews

Herschel Barlow backpack
Herschel Barlow
Price range $$
Herschel logo
4.6
6 reviews

Maxpedition Fatboy backpack
Maxpedition logo
4.6
902 reviews

Slumberjack Strider backpack
Slumberjack Strider
Price range $$
Slumberjack logo
4.6
6 reviews

Osprey Ellipse backpack
Osprey Ellipse
Capacity 25 l (1526 cuin)
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.6
67 reviews

Kipling Seoul backpack
Kipling Seoul
Price range $$
Kipling logo
4.6
4,312 reviews

OGIO Soho backpack
OGIO Soho
Capacity 5.9 l (363 cuin)
Price range $
Ogio logo
4.6
1,248 reviews

Ogio Brooklyn backpack
Ogio Brooklyn
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.6
1,267 reviews

SOG Ninja backpack
SOG Ninja
Price range $

4.6
565 reviews

The North Face Hot Shot backpack
The North Face Hot Shot
Capacity 30 l (1831 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.6
100 reviews

Black Diamond Gym backpack
Black Diamond Gym
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.6
17 reviews

Platypus Duthie backpack
Platypus Duthie
Price range $$
Platypus logo
4.6
113 reviews

Vera Bradley Disney backpack
Vera Bradley Disney
Price range $$$

4.6
81 reviews

Osprey Tempest backpack
Osprey Tempest
2 bag types available.
Capacity 20 l (1220.5 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
174 reviews

Arcteryx Lunara
Arcteryx logo
4.6
16 reviews

Burton Tinder backpack
Burton Tinder
3 bag types available.
Capacity 25 l (1526 cuin)
Price range $
Burton logo
4.6
568 reviews

Quechua Arpenaz backpack
Quechua Arpenaz
Price range $
Quechua logo
4.6
12,373 reviews

Eagle Creek XTA backpack
Eagle Creek XTA
Price range $$
Eagle creek logo
4.6
36 reviews

Ortlieb Commuter backpack
Ortlieb Commuter
Price range $$$
Ortlieb logo
4.6
6 reviews

Osprey Stratos backpack
Osprey Stratos
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
661 reviews

Osprey Quasar backpack
Osprey Quasar
Capacity 28 l (1709 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
87 reviews

Osprey Pixel backpack
Osprey Pixel
Capacity 22 l (1343 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
30 reviews

The North Face Vault backpack
The North Face Vault
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo
4.6
3,399 reviews

The North Face Microbyte backpack
The North Face Microbyte
Capacity 17 l (1037 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.6
333 reviews

Gregory Paragon backpack
Gregory Paragon
Capacity 35-68 l (2136-4150 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.6
49 reviews

Travelon Anti-theft backpack
Travelon Anti-theft
7 bag types available.
Capacity 15-32 l (915-1953 cuin)
Price range $
Travelon logo
4.6
23,084 reviews

Gregory Compass backpack
Gregory Compass
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.6
17 reviews

Jansport Big Student backpack
Jansport Big Student
Capacity 34.4 l (2100 cuin)
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.6
122,533 reviews

Mountainsmith Adventure backpack
Mountainsmith logo
4.6
49 reviews

Black Diamond Super Chute backpack
Black diamond logo
4.6
83 reviews

Mammut Xeron backpack
Mammut Xeron
Price range $$
Mammut logo
4.6
8 reviews

Patagonia Refugio backpack
Patagonia Refugio
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.6
1,515 reviews

Deuter Speed Lite backpack
Deuter Speed Lite
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
844 reviews

TYR Alliance backpack
TYR Alliance
Price range $
Tyr logo
4.6
861 reviews

Tumi Voyageur backpack
Tumi Voyageur
5 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Tumi logo
4.6
475 reviews

Mountainsmith Cavern
Mountainsmith logo
4.6
4 reviews

High Sierra Cirque backpack
High Sierra Cirque
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.6
143 reviews

Patagonia Arbor backpack
Patagonia Arbor
2 bag types available.
Capacity 26-32 l (1586.6-1953 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.6
558 reviews

Platypus Siouxon backpack
Platypus Siouxon
Price range $$
Platypus logo
4.6
13 reviews

Osprey Pogo backpack
Osprey Pogo
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
32 reviews

Ogio Renegade backpack
Ogio Renegade
2 bag types available.
Capacity 29.5 l (1800 cuin)
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.5
1,666 reviews

Vera Bradley Lighten Up backpack

4.5
545 reviews

The North Face Pivoter backpack
The North Face Pivoter
Capacity 27 l (1647.6 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.5
972 reviews

Deuter Airlite backpack
Deuter Airlite
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.5
70 reviews

Osprey Fairview backpack
Osprey Fairview
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.5
44 reviews

Osprey Ultralight backpack
Osprey Ultralight
4 bag types available.
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
309 reviews

High Sierra Emmett backpack
High Sierra Emmett
Capacity 32 l (1950 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.5
78 reviews

High Sierra Summit backpack
High Sierra Summit
Capacity 45.1 l (2750 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.5
192 reviews

Timbuk2 Uptown backpack
Timbuk2 Uptown
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
190 reviews

Timbuk2 Ace backpack
Timbuk2 Ace
Price range $
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
140 reviews

Osprey Sirrus backpack
Osprey Sirrus
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.5
208 reviews

Dakine Campus backpack
Dakine Campus
Capacity 32.8 l (2000 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
1,938 reviews

Dakine Factor backpack
Dakine Factor
Capacity 22.1 l (1350 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
206 reviews

Fjallraven Kanken backpack
Fjallraven Kanken
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.5
5,765 reviews

The North Face Sprout backpack
The North Face Sprout
Capacity 10 l (610.2 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo
4.5
109 reviews

Gregory Salvo backpack
Gregory Salvo
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.5
29 reviews

Mountainsmith Borealis backpack
Mountainsmith Borealis
Capacity 24.6 l (1500 cuin)
Price range $$$
Mountainsmith logo
4.5
33 reviews

Deuter Transit backpack
Deuter Transit
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.5
21 reviews

Pacsafe Metrosafe backpack
Pacsafe Metrosafe
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.5
2,287 reviews

Zomake Ultra backpack
Zomake Ultra
Price range $

4.5
3,818 reviews

Osprey Rev backpack
Osprey Rev
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
38 reviews

Black Diamond Creek backpack
Black Diamond Creek
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.5
48 reviews

Tenzing TX backpack
Tenzing TX
Price range $$

4.5
26 reviews

High Sierra Loop backpack
High Sierra Loop
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.5
8,877 reviews

Fjallraven Foldsack backpack
Fjallraven Foldsack
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.5
253 reviews

Osprey Daylite backpack
Osprey Daylite
Capacity 13 l (793.3 cuin)
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
947 reviews

Gregory Alpinisto backpack
Gregory Alpinisto
Capacity 35-51 l (2135.8-3112 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.5
36 reviews

Timbuk2 Sunset backpack
Timbuk2 Sunset
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
1,190 reviews

Quechua Forclaz backpack
Quechua Forclaz
Price range $$
Quechua logo
4.5
5,989 reviews

The North Face Flyweight backpack
The North Face Flyweight
3 bag types available.
Price range $
The north face logo
4.5
90 reviews

High Sierra Swerve backpack
High Sierra Swerve
Capacity 39.6 l (2418 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.5
17,767 reviews

Burton Westfall backpack
Burton Westfall
Price range $
Burton logo
4.5
10 reviews

Patagonia Atom backpack
Patagonia Atom
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.5
252 reviews

Pacsafe Citysafe backpack
Pacsafe Citysafe
5 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.5
581 reviews

EVOC Stage backpack
EVOC Stage
Capacity 3-6 l (183-366 cuin)
Price range $$
Evoc logo
4.5
51 reviews

Thule Subterra backpack
Thule Subterra
2 bag types available.
Capacity 23-34 l (1404-2074 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.5
278 reviews

Dakine Detail backpack
Dakine Detail
2 bag types available.
Capacity 27.5 l (1680 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.4
163 reviews

Osprey Wayfarer backpack
Osprey Wayfarer
Capacity 70 l (4271.7 cuin)
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.4
15 reviews

The North Face Kaban backpack
The North Face Kaban
Capacity 25.5 l (1556 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.4
136 reviews

Gregory Border backpack
Gregory Border
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.4
9 reviews

Black Diamond Cirque backpack
Black Diamond Cirque
Price range $$$
Black diamond logo
4.4
18 reviews

Deuter Quantum backpack
Deuter Quantum
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.4
18 reviews

Osprey Ozone backpack
Osprey Ozone
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.4
472 reviews

Black Diamond Speed backpack
Black Diamond Speed
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.4
40 reviews

Fjallraven Rucksack backpack
Fjallraven Rucksack
Price range $$$
Fjallraven logo
4.4
295 reviews

Pacsafe Venturesafe backpack
Pacsafe Venturesafe
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.4
461 reviews

Oakley Link backpack
Oakley logo
4.4
7 reviews

Tumi Alpha backpack
Tumi Alpha
6 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Tumi logo
4.4
322 reviews

Jansport Odyssey backpack
Jansport Odyssey
Capacity 38.5 l (2350 cuin)
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.4
282 reviews

Black Diamond Nitro backpack
Black Diamond Nitro
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.4
44 reviews

Gregory Deva backpack
Gregory Deva
Capacity 74 l (4516 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.4
288 reviews

Burton Kilo backpack
Burton Kilo
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.4
612 reviews

Cotopaxi Luzon backpack
Cotopaxi Luzon
Price range $
Cotopaxi logo
4.4
121 reviews

Thule Crossover backpack
Thule Crossover
3 bag types available.
Capacity 25-41 l (1526-2501 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.4
750 reviews

Eagle Creek Packable backpack
Eagle Creek Packable
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Eagle creek logo
4.4
119 reviews

Herschel Little America backpack
Herschel logo
4.4
2,477 reviews

Hynes Eagle backpack
Hynes Eagle
Price range $

4.4
2,181 reviews

Wilson Tour backpack
Wilson Tour
Price range $$

4.4
109 reviews

Osprey Comet backpack
Osprey Comet
Capacity 30 l (1831 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.4
282 reviews

Mountainsmith Grand Tour backpack
Mountainsmith Grand Tour
Capacity 19 l (1160 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountainsmith logo
4.4
15 reviews

Exped Torrent backpack
Exped Torrent
Price range $$
Exped logo
4.4
28 reviews

Cotopaxi Kilimanjaro backpack
Cotopaxi logo
4.4
19 reviews

Thule Stir backpack
Thule Stir
Capacity 15-35 l (915-2135 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.4
69 reviews

Jansport Driver backpack
Jansport Driver
Capacity 34.4 l (2100 cuin)
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.4
15,023 reviews

High Sierra Access backpack
High Sierra Access
Capacity 45.1 l (2750 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.4
9,103 reviews

High Sierra Pathway backpack
High Sierra Pathway
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.4
203 reviews

High Sierra Titan backpack
High Sierra Titan
Capacity 55 l (3356 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.4
1,470 reviews

Fjallraven Greenland backpack
Fjallraven Greenland
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.4
62 reviews

Kipling Challenger backpack
Kipling Challenger
Price range $$
Kipling logo
4.4
281 reviews

Black Diamond Magnum backpack
Black Diamond Magnum
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.4
24 reviews

Columbia Tamolitch backpack
Columbia Tamolitch
Price range $
Columbia logo
4.4
96 reviews

Osprey Nova backpack
Osprey Nova
Capacity 33 l (2014 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.4
23 reviews

Black Diamond Bbee backpack
Black Diamond Bbee
Price range $
Black diamond logo
4.4
39 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Ozonic backpack
Mountain Hardwear Ozonic
Capacity 55-70 l (3356.3-4271.7 cuin)
Price range $$$
Mountain hardwear logo
4.4
11 reviews

Timbuk2 Especial backpack
Timbuk2 Especial
3 bag types available.
Capacity 2-50 l (122-3051 cuin)
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
494 reviews

Osprey Variant backpack
Osprey Variant
Capacity 52 l (3173.2 cuin)
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.4
103 reviews

Osprey Cyber backpack
Osprey Cyber
Capacity 26 l (1587 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.3
92 reviews

Jansport Sinder backpack
Jansport Sinder
Price range $
Jansport logo
4.3
32 reviews

Mountainsmith Tour backpack
Mountainsmith Tour
Capacity 10 l (610 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountainsmith logo
4.3
124 reviews

Pacsafe Vibe backpack
Pacsafe Vibe
3 bag types available.
Capacity 4-40 l (245-2441 cuin)
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.3
226 reviews

Herschel Retreat backpack
Herschel Retreat
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Herschel logo
4.3
512 reviews

The North Face Slackpack backpack
The north face logo
4.3
3 reviews

High Sierra Warren backpack
High Sierra Warren
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.3
54 reviews

Arcteryx Blade backpack
Arcteryx Blade
Price range $$$
Arcteryx logo
4.3
55 reviews

Patagonia Lightweight backpack
Patagonia Lightweight
4 bag types available.
Capacity 1-20 l (61-1221 cuin)
Price range $
Patagonia logo
4.3
588 reviews

High Sierra Explorer backpack
High Sierra Explorer
Capacity 55 l (3356 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.3
255 reviews

Patagonia Chacabuco backpack
Patagonia Chacabuco
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.3
56 reviews

Maxpedition Condor backpack
Maxpedition Condor
Price range $$$$
Maxpedition logo
4.3
166 reviews

Vera Bradley Preppy Poly backpack

4.3
314 reviews

Osprey Parsec backpack
Osprey Parsec
Capacity 31 l (1892 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.3
4 reviews

Gregory Maya backpack
Gregory Maya
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.3
24 reviews

Exos Bravo backpack
Exos Bravo
Price range $

4.3
367 reviews

Patagonia Yerba backpack
Patagonia Yerba
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.3
153 reviews

High Sierra Modi backpack
High Sierra Modi
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.3
30 reviews

Timbuk2 Quest backpack
Timbuk2 logo
4.3
11 reviews

Columbia Beacon backpack
Columbia Beacon
Price range $
Columbia logo
4.3
22 reviews

Thule EnRoute backpack
Thule EnRoute
Capacity 21-27 l (1282-1648 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.3
454 reviews

Arcteryx Granville backpack
Arcteryx Granville
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Price range $$$
Arcteryx logo
4.3
45 reviews

Tenba Shootout backpack
Tenba Shootout
Price range $$$
Tenba logo
4.3
272 reviews

Jansport Spring Break backpack
Jansport logo
4.2
311 reviews

OGIO Bandit backpack
OGIO Bandit
Capacity 27.9 l (1700 cuin)
Ogio logo
4.2
349 reviews

Camelbak Octane backpack
Camelbak Octane
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.2
28 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Hueco backpack
Mountain Hardwear Hueco
Capacity 20-28 l (1220.5-1710 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountain hardwear logo
4.2
30 reviews

Pacsafe Slingsafe backpack
Pacsafe Slingsafe
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.2
379 reviews

Watershed Big Creek backpack
Watershed Big Creek
Price range $$
Watershed logo
4.2
33 reviews

Gregory Sketch backpack
Gregory Sketch
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.2
25 reviews

Exped Cloudburst backpack
Exped Cloudburst
Price range $
Exped logo
4.2
53 reviews

The North Face Wavelength backpack
The North Face Wavelength
Capacity 26.9 l (1642 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.2
12 reviews

Eagle Creek Ready Go backpack
Eagle Creek Ready Go
Price range $$$
Eagle creek logo
4.2
7 reviews

Osprey Kamber backpack
Osprey Kamber
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.2
27 reviews

Pacsafe Ultimatesafe backpack
Pacsafe Ultimatesafe
Price range $$$
Pacsafe logo
4.2
6 reviews

Badlands Reactor backpack
Badlands logo
4.2
19 reviews

Kalusi Lightweight backpack
Kalusi Lightweight
Price range $

4.2
38 reviews

Gregory Miwok backpack
Gregory Miwok
Capacity 10 l (610.2 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.2
43 reviews

High Sierra Propel backpack
High sierra logo
4.2
309 reviews

OGIO Tribune backpack
OGIO Tribune
Capacity 40.1 l (2450 cuin)
Price range $
Ogio logo
4.2
548 reviews

Vanguard Pioneer backpack
Vanguard Pioneer
Price range $$$
Vanguard logo
4.2
28 reviews

Osprey Perigee backpack
Osprey Perigee
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.2
12 reviews

High Sierra Wahoo backpack
High sierra logo
4.2
191 reviews

Burton Bravo backpack
Burton Bravo
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.2
59 reviews

Burton Kettle Pack backpack
Burton Kettle Pack
Price range $
Burton logo
4.2
62 reviews

Eagle Creek Afar backpack
Eagle Creek Afar
Price range $$
Eagle creek logo
4.2
52 reviews

High Sierra Piton backpack
High Sierra Piton
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.2
33 reviews

Outdoor Research Rangefinder backpack
Outdoor Research Rangefinder
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Outdoor research logo
4.2
36 reviews

High Sierra Moray backpack
High Sierra Moray
Capacity 22 l (1343 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.1
199 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Enterprise backpack
Mountain hardwear logo
4.1
58 reviews

Burton Hiker backpack
Burton Hiker
Price range $
Burton logo
4.1
32 reviews

Outdoor Products Vortex backpack
Outdoor products logo
4.1
145 reviews

High Sierra Hawk backpack
High Sierra Hawk
Capacity 40.1-50.8 l (2445-3100 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.1
46 reviews

High Sierra Longshot backpack
High sierra logo
4.1
202 reviews

Gregory Sula backpack
Gregory Sula
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.1
8 reviews

High Sierra Sentinel backpack
High Sierra Sentinel
Capacity 65.1 l (3970 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.1
504 reviews

Gregory Targhee backpack
Gregory Targhee
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.1
37 reviews

Samsonite Xenon backpack
Samsonite Xenon
Price range $
Samsonite logo
4.1
1,226 reviews

Timbuk2 Heist backpack
Timbuk2 Heist
4 bag types available.
Capacity 11-20 l (671-1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.1
27 reviews

Burton Kettle backpack
Burton Kettle
Price range $
Burton logo
4.1
284 reviews

OXA Ultralight backpack
OXA Ultralight
Price range $
Oxa logo
4.1
138 reviews

Herschel Packable backpack
Herschel Packable
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Herschel logo
4.1
249 reviews

Pacsafe Intasafe backpack
Pacsafe Intasafe
2 bag types available.
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.1
126 reviews

Burton Gromlet backpack
Burton Gromlet
Price range $
Burton logo
4.1
31 reviews

Burton Cadet backpack
Burton Cadet
Price range $
Burton logo
4.1
66 reviews

Camelbak Quantico backpack
Camelbak Quantico
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.0
21 reviews

Black Diamond Bolt backpack
Black Diamond Bolt
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.0
33 reviews

Gregory Patos backpack
Gregory Patos
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.0
9 reviews

High Sierra Piranha backpack
High Sierra Piranha
Price range $$$$
High sierra logo
4.0
490 reviews

Thule Departer backpack
Thule Departer
Capacity 21-23 l (1282-1404 cuin)
Price range $
Thule logo
4.0
58 reviews

Gregory Maven backpack
Gregory Maven
Capacity 35-55 l (2136-3356 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.0
8 reviews

Lowe Alpine Tensor backpack
Lowe Alpine Tensor
Price range $
Lowe alpine logo
4.0
3 reviews

Burton Curbshark backpack
Burton Curbshark
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.0
16 reviews

Burton Snake Mountain backpack
Burton logo
4.0
12 reviews

High Sierra XBT backpack
High Sierra XBT
2 bag types available.
Capacity 38.5-41 l (2350-2500 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.0
1,270 reviews

Osprey Koby backpack
Osprey Koby
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.0
21 reviews

Black Diamond Mercury backpack
Black Diamond Mercury
Capacity 55-65 l (3356.3-3966.5 cuin)
Price range $$$
Black diamond logo
4.0
30 reviews

Osprey Bitstream backpack
Osprey Bitstream
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.0
8 reviews

High Sierra Quickshot backpack
High sierra logo
3.9
803 reviews

High Sierra Lightning backpack
High Sierra Lightning
Capacity 35.1 l (2140 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
3.9
9 reviews

ALPS Mountaineering Arvada backpack
Alps mountaineering logo
3.9
13 reviews

Arcteryx Mantis backpack
Arcteryx Mantis
Capacity 26 l (1586.6 cuin)
Price range $$
Arcteryx logo
3.9
15 reviews

Timbuk2 Muttmover backpack
Timbuk2 Muttmover
Price range $$$
Timbuk2 logo
3.9
52 reviews

Thule Capstone backpack
Thule Capstone
Capacity 22-50 l (1342-3050 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
3.8
65 reviews

Thule Paramount backpack
Thule Paramount
Capacity 24-29 l (1465-1770 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
3.8
79 reviews

MCM Stark backpack
MCM Stark
Price range $$$$

3.8
11 reviews

Cotopaxi Inca backpack
Cotopaxi Inca
Price range $
Cotopaxi logo
3.7
17 reviews

The North Face Shadow backpack
The North Face Shadow
Capacity 30-40 l (1830.7-2440.9 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
3.7
6 reviews

ALPS Mountaineering Solitude backpack
Alps mountaineering logo
3.6
7 reviews

Gregory Z backpack
Gregory logo
3.6
5 reviews

High Sierra Marlin backpack
High sierra logo
3.6
76 reviews

High Sierra Wave backpack
High Sierra Wave
Price range $
High sierra logo
3.6
782 reviews

Thule Perspektiv backpack
Thule Perspektiv
Price range $$
Thule logo
3.6
75 reviews

Jack Wolfskin Berkeley backpack
Jack wolfskin logo
3.5
18 reviews

Furla Candy backpack
Furla Candy
Price range $$$

3.4
26 reviews

Pacsafe Pouchsafe backpack
Pacsafe Pouchsafe
3 bag types available.
Price range $
Pacsafe logo
3.4
13 reviews

High Sierra Riptide backpack
High Sierra Riptide
Capacity 25 l (1526 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
3.4
30 reviews

High Sierra Tethur backpack
High Sierra Tethur
Price range $
High sierra logo
3.4
14 reviews

Shimano Unzen backpack
Shimano Unzen
Price range $$
Shimano logo
2.3
3 reviews

Marmot Empire backpack
Marmot Empire
Price range $$
Marmot logo

Marmot Anza backpack
Marmot Anza
Price range $
Marmot logo

The North Face Cinder backpack
The North Face Cinder
Price range $$$
The north face logo

Gregory Sucia backpack
Gregory Sucia
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Lowe Alpine Peak Ascent backpack
Lowe alpine logo

Lowe Alpine Spark backpack
Lowe Alpine Spark
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo

Burton Gorge backpack
Burton Gorge
Price range $$
Burton logo

Burton Emphasis backpack
Burton Emphasis
Price range $
Burton logo

Burton Fathom backpack
Burton Fathom
Price range $$
Burton logo

Mammut Spindrift backpack
Mammut Spindrift
Price range $$$
Mammut logo

Vaude Jura backpack
Vaude Jura
Capacity 32 l (1952 cuin)
Price range $$$
Vaude logo

Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks backpack
Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Mystery ranch logo

Boreas Echo backpack
Boreas logo

Boreas Larkin backpack
Boreas Larkin
Price range $$$
Boreas logo

Duluth Deluxe backpack
Duluth Deluxe
Price range $$$
Duluth logo

Ortovox Trad backpack
Ortovox Trad
Price range $$
Ortovox logo

Burton Dayhiker backpack
Burton Dayhiker
Price range $$
Burton logo

Brooks Pickwick backpack
Brooks Pickwick
Price range $$$
Brooks logo

Boreas Mission backpack
Boreas Mission
Capacity 26 l (1586.6 cuin)
Price range $$
Boreas logo

Brooks Dalston backpack
Brooks Dalston
Price range $$$
Brooks logo

Gregory Matia backpack
Gregory Matia
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Grivel Mountain Runner backpack
Grivel logo

Heimplanet Monolith backpack
Heimplanet Monolith
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Heimplanet logo

Salewa Crest backpack
Salewa Crest
Price range $$$
Salewa logo

The North Face Litus backpack
The North Face Litus
Price range $$
The north face logo

Osprey Pandion backpack
Osprey Pandion
Price range $$
Osprey logo

Exped Mountain backpack
Exped Mountain
Price range $$$
Exped logo

Boreas Excelsior backpack
Boreas Excelsior
Price range $$
Boreas logo

Bergans Helium backpack
Bergans Helium
Price range $$
Bergans logo

Mammut Seon backpack
Mammut Seon
Price range $$
Mammut logo

Marmot Arbor backpack
Marmot Arbor
Price range $
Marmot logo

LowePro Hatchback backpack
LowePro Hatchback
Price range $$
Lowepro logo

Marmot Big Basin backpack
Marmot Big Basin
Price range $
Marmot logo

Marmot Gunnison backpack
Marmot Gunnison
Price range $$
Marmot logo

The North Face Aurora backpack
The North Face Aurora
Capacity 19 l (1159 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo

The North Face Snomad backpack
The North Face Snomad
Price range $$$
The north face logo

Dakine Patrol backpack
Dakine Patrol
Price range $$
Dakine logo

Gregory Verte backpack
Gregory Verte
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Millcreek backpack
Gregory Millcreek
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Tahquitz backpack
Gregory Tahquitz
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Pierpont backpack
Gregory Pierpont
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Kletter backpack
Gregory Kletter
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Tarifa backpack
Gregory Tarifa
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Satuma backpack
Gregory Satuma
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Workman backpack
Gregory Workman
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Mountainsmith Spectrum backpack
Mountainsmith Spectrum
Price range $$$
Mountainsmith logo

Lowe Alpine Cholatse backpack
Lowe Alpine Cholatse
Price range $$$
Lowe alpine logo

Lowe Alpine Klettersack backpack
Lowe alpine logo

Lowe Alpine Adventurer backpack
Lowe alpine logo

Lowe Alpine Guide backpack
Lowe Alpine Guide
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo

Lowe Alpine Alpine Ascent backpack
Lowe alpine logo

High Sierra Ascender
High sierra logo

Black Diamond Spark backpack
Black Diamond Spark
Price range $$
Black diamond logo

Mammut Lithia backpack
Mammut Lithia
Price range $$
Mammut logo

Mammut Magic backpack
Mammut Magic
3 bag types available.
Mammut logo

Vaude Maremma backpack
Vaude Maremma
Price range $$
Vaude logo

Vaude Scopi backpack
Vaude Scopi
Price range $$
Vaude logo

Mystery Ranch Cairn backpack
Mystery Ranch Cairn
Price range $$$
Mystery ranch logo

Exped Glissade backpack
Exped Glissade
Price range $$
Exped logo

Boreas Muir backpack
Boreas Muir
Capacity 30 l (1830.7 cuin)
Price range $$
Boreas logo

Montane Dragon backpack
Montane logo

EMS Sector backpack
EMS Sector
Price range $$
Ems logo

Fjallraven Kiruna backpack
Fjallraven Kiruna
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo

Bergans Rondane backpack
Bergans Rondane
Capacity 38 l (2318.9 cuin)
Price range $$
Bergans logo

La Sportiva Laspo backpack
La sportiva logo

Millet Prolighter backpack
Millet Prolighter
Price range $$$
Millet logo

Ortovox Peak backpack
Ortovox Peak
Price range $$$
Ortovox logo

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil backpack
Sea to summit logo

Sea to Summit Flow backpack
Sea to summit logo

Sea to Summit Rapid backpack
Sea to summit logo

Chrome Urban Ex backpack
Chrome logo

Mindshift Gear Ultralight backpack
Mindshift gear logo

Ogio Clark backpack
Ogio Clark
Capacity 26.2 l (1600 cuin)
Price range $
Ogio logo

Hudson Sutler Yorktown backpack




Review Summary

335,549 reviews of bags checked.

Average rating is 4.5 out of 5.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
75%
13%
5%
3%
4%



Top 10 daypack brands

The 10 highest rated daypack brands based on the 335,549 reviews we have checked + the highest rated bag from each brand.

BrandAverage ratingTop daypack
Mystery Ranch4.9Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks
Knomo4.8Knomo Beauchamp
Mammut4.8Mammut Nirvana
Marmot4.8Marmot Eldorado
Lowe Alpine4.8Lowe Alpine Peak Ascent
Michael Kors4.7Michael Kors Rhea
Gonex4.7Gonex Ultra
LowePro4.7Lowepro Ridgeline
The North Face4.7The North Face Cinder
Osprey4.6Osprey Tropos



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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 (Buyers Guide)

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.


Last updated on May 23, 2018

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