Top 100 Best Reviewed Daypacks - Buyers Guide 2018

Finding a good daypack isn't easy. To help you choose the very best backpack, we have checked thousands of reviews (63,632 reviews so far!) Based on the many reviews, the top 100 list below shows you exactly what daypacks that are the best choices here in 2018.


Top 100 daypacks 2018


Gregory Verte
Gregory Verte
2 models available. 15 and 25
Size 15 L (915 CI)
5.0
4 reviews

Osprey Talia
Osprey Talia
6 models available. 11, 18, 22, 33, 44 and 6
5.0
2 reviews

Black Diamond Magnum
Black Diamond Magnum
2 models available. 16 and 20
Size 16-20 L (976-1220 CI)
5.0
8 reviews

Lowe Alpine Vector
Lowe Alpine Vector
3 models available. 18, 25 and 30
5.0
3 reviews

Lowe Alpine Strike
Lowe Alpine Strike
4 models available. 12, 18, 24 and 40
Size 24 L (1465 CI)
5.0
6 reviews

Lowe Alpine Spark
Lowe Alpine Spark
Size 18 L (1098 CI)
5.0
1 review

Gregory Patos
Gregory Patos
Size 28 L (1709 CI)
5.0
4 reviews

Deuter Walker
Deuter Walker
3 models available. 16, 20 and 24
Size 16-24 L (976-1465 CI)
5.0
4 reviews

Gregory Velata
Gregory Velata
2 models available. 28 and 30
Size 30 L (1831 CI)
5.0
1 review

Black Diamond Creek Transit
Black Diamond Creek Transit
2 models available. 22 and 32
5.0
3 reviews

Mammut Xeron
Mammut Xeron
4 models available. 20, 22, 25 and 30
Size 20-30 L (1220-1831 CI)
5.0
3 reviews

Camelbak Quantico
5.0
1 review

Mammut Nirvana
Mammut Nirvana
5 models available. 18, 22, 25, 30 and 35
Size 25 L (1526 CI)
5.0
1 review

Osprey Cyber
Osprey Cyber
3 models available. 18, 22 and 26
5.0
10 reviews

Sea to Summit Rapid
Sea to Summit Rapid
Size 26 L (1587 CI)
5.0
12 reviews

Black Diamond Bolt
Black Diamond Bolt
3 models available. 22, 24 and 26
Size 22 L (1343 CI)
4.9
8 reviews

Patagonia Ironwood
Patagonia Ironwood
Size 20 L (1220 CI)
4.9
59 reviews

The North Face Wavelength
4.8
6 reviews

Burton Day Hiker
Burton Day Hiker
4 models available. 20, 25, 28 and 31
4.8
5 reviews

Fjallraven Raven
Fjallraven Raven
2 models available. 20 and 28
Size 20-28 L (1220-1709 CI)
4.8
178 reviews

Arcteryx Aerios
Arcteryx Aerios
3 models available. 10, 14 and 7
Size 10 L (610 CI)
4.8
5 reviews

Osprey Questa
Osprey Questa
Size 27 L (1648 CI)
4.8
53 reviews

Patagonia Toromiro
Patagonia Toromiro
Size 22 L (1343 CI)
4.8
68 reviews

The North Face Jester
4.8
15,940 reviews

The North Face Borealis
4.8
15,087 reviews

Gregory Matia
Gregory Matia
Size 28 L (1709 CI)
4.8
22 reviews

Exped Skyline
Exped Skyline
2 models available. 15 and 25
Size 15-25 L (915-1526 CI)
4.8
4 reviews

Dakine Foundation
Dakine Foundation
Size 26 L (1587 CI)
4.7
76 reviews

Osprey Celeste
4.7
83 reviews

Osprey Flare
Osprey Flare
2 models available. 22 and 24
4.7
12 reviews

Osprey Escapist
Osprey Escapist
4 models available. 18, 25, 30 and 32
Size 30 L (1831 CI)
4.7
1,122 reviews

The North Face Isabella
The North Face Isabella
2 models available. 20 and 21
4.7
272 reviews

Black Diamond Bullet
Black Diamond Bullet
Size 16 L (976 CI)
4.7
56 reviews

Black Diamond Nitro
Black Diamond Nitro
2 models available. 22 and 26
Size 22-24 L (1343-1465 CI)
4.7
28 reviews

Dakine 101
Dakine 101
Size 29 L (1770 CI)
4.7
423 reviews

High Sierra Cirque
4.6
91 reviews

Osprey Raptor
Osprey Raptor
4 models available. 10, 14, 18 and 6
Size 14 L (854 CI)
4.6
563 reviews

Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio
3 models available. 15, 26 and 28
Size 30 L (1831 CI)
4.6
1,299 reviews

Gregory Salvo
Gregory Salvo
2 models available. 24 and 28
Size 24-28 L (1465-1709 CI)
4.6
16 reviews

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol
2 models available. 25 and 32
Size 23-30 L (1404-1831 CI)
4.6
8 reviews

Burton Kettle
Burton Kettle
2 models available. 13 and 20
4.6
19 reviews

Thule Paramount
Thule Paramount
3 models available. 24, 27 and 29
Size 24-29 L (1465-1770 CI)
4.6
17 reviews

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil
2 models available. 20 and 25
4.6
932 reviews

Dakine Factor
Dakine Factor
2 models available. 20 and 22
Size 22 L (1343 CI)
4.6
166 reviews

High Sierra Loop
4.6
1,540 reviews

High Sierra Propel
4.6
127 reviews

Deuter Speed Lite
Deuter Speed Lite
Size 20 L (1220 CI)
4.6
555 reviews

The North Face Vault
The North Face Vault
2 models available. 24 and 28
4.6
2,287 reviews

Pacsafe Metrosafe
Pacsafe Metrosafe
6 models available. 100, 150, 200, 250, 350 and 450
4.6
643 reviews

Osprey Pixel
Osprey Pixel
2 models available. 22 and 26
4.6
30 reviews

Dakine Detail
Dakine Detail
Size 27 L (1648 CI)
4.6
78 reviews

Osprey Ultralight
Osprey Ultralight
Size 30 L (1831 CI)
4.6
1,129 reviews

The North Face Hot Shot
4.5
43 reviews

Thule EnRoute
Thule EnRoute
2 models available. 13 and 18
4.5
137 reviews

The North Face Microbyte
The North Face Microbyte
2 models available. 13 and 17
4.5
424 reviews

Timbuk2 Uptown
4.5
161 reviews

The North Face Electra
4.5
55 reviews

Osprey Quasar
Osprey Quasar
2 models available. 28 and 30
Size 28 L (1709 CI)
4.5
73 reviews

High Sierra Swerve
4.5
12,480 reviews

Boreas Mission
Boreas Mission
Size 26 L (1587 CI)
4.5
2 reviews

Arcteryx Lunara
Arcteryx Lunara
2 models available. 10 and 17
Size 10-17 L (610-1037 CI)
4.5
10 reviews

High Sierra Access
High Sierra Access
3 models available. 17, 26 and 32
Size 100 L (6102 CI)
4.5
4,144 reviews

Osprey Daylite
4.5
850 reviews

EVOC Stage
EVOC Stage
4 models available. 12, 18, 3 and 6
Size 6 L (366 CI)
4.5
46 reviews

High Sierra Summit
High Sierra Summit
3 models available. 40, 45 and 55
4.4
152 reviews

High Sierra Titan
High Sierra Titan
2 models available. 55 and 65
4.4
1,154 reviews

Deuter Airlite
Deuter Airlite
5 models available. 16, 20, 22, 26 and 28
Size 16-28 L (976-1709 CI)
4.4
77 reviews

Osprey Rev
Osprey Rev
5 models available. 1.5, 12, 18, 24 and 6
Size 16 L (976 CI)
4.4
52 reviews

Osprey Comet
Osprey Comet
2 models available. 28 and 30
4.4
215 reviews

Gregory Sketch
Gregory Sketch
6 models available. 15, 18, 22, 25, 28 and 8
Size 28 L (1709 CI)
4.3
14 reviews

Gregory Miwok
Gregory Miwok
5 models available. 12, 24, 34, 44 and 6
Size 24 L (1465 CI)
4.3
58 reviews

Gregory Sula
Gregory Sula
2 models available. 24 and 28
Size 24-28 L (1465-1709 CI)
4.2
4 reviews

Arcteryx Granville
Arcteryx Granville
2 models available. 20 and 25
4.2
23 reviews

High Sierra Hawk
High Sierra Hawk
3 models available. 40, 45 and 50
Size 40-51 L (2441-3112 CI)
4.2
25 reviews

Jansport Sinder
Jansport Sinder
4 models available. 15, 18, 20 and 22
Size 20 L (1220 CI)
4.1
43 reviews

Vaude Jura
Vaude Jura
6 models available. 20, 24, 25, 28, 30 and 32
Size 32 L (1953 CI)
4.1
8 reviews

Thule Departer
Thule Departer
2 models available. 21 and 23
Size 21-23 L (1281-1404 CI)
4.1
39 reviews

Osprey Pandion
Osprey Pandion
2 models available. 28 and 30
4.0
1 review

Gregory Sucia
Gregory Sucia
Size 28 L (1709 CI)
4.0
3 reviews

Platypus Duthie
Platypus Duthie
4 models available. 10, 12, 15 and 17
Size 15 L (915 CI)
4.0
2 reviews

Platypus Siouxon
Platypus Siouxon
Size 10 L (610 CI)
4.0
1 review

The North Face Slackpack
The North Face Slackpack
2 models available. 16 and 20
4.0
2 reviews

Boreas Monterey
4.0
1 review

Gregory Maya
Gregory Maya
5 models available. 10, 16, 22, 32 and 5
Size 22 L (1343 CI)
3.9
47 reviews

The North Face Litus
The North Face Litus
2 models available. 22 and 32
Size 22-31 L (1343-1892 CI)
3.8
4 reviews

Vanguard Pioneer
3.8
4 reviews

High Sierra Wave
High Sierra Wave
2 models available. 50 and 70
3.7
194 reviews

High Sierra Pathway
High Sierra Pathway
4 models available. 40, 50, 60 and 70
3.4
2 reviews

Boreas Excelsior
3.0
1 review

Quechua Arpenaz
3.0
1 review

Vaude Citus
Vaude Citus
2 models available. 16 and 24
Size 16-24 L (976-1465 CI)
2.5
2 reviews

Osprey Perigee
2.0
6 reviews

Vaude Varyd
Vaude Varyd
3 models available. 20, 22 and 30
Size 30 L (1831 CI)
1.0
2 reviews

Boreas Muir Woods
Boreas Muir Woods
2 models available. 20 and 30
Size 30 L (1831 CI)

Osprey Palea

Osprey Bitstream

Gregory Pierpont

Lowe Alpine Klettersack
Lowe Alpine Klettersack
Size 30 L (1831 CI)

Lowe Alpine Adventurer

Lowe Alpine Guide
Lowe Alpine Guide
Size 25 L (1526 CI)

Gregory Satuma
Gregory Satuma
Size 26 L (1587 CI)

Gregory I-Street

Montane Jaws
Montane Jaws
Size 10 L (610 CI)

Millet Steep Pro
Millet Steep Pro
3 models available. 17, 20 and 27
Size 27 L (1648 CI)

Camelbak Coronado

Mountainsmith Spectrum

Lowe Alpine Attack
Lowe Alpine Attack
6 models available. 25, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 60
Size 25 L (1526 CI)

Boreas Muir
Boreas Muir
2 models available. 20 and 30
Size 30 L (1831 CI)

EMS Sector
EMS Sector
5 models available. 22, 25, 35, 42 and 45

Gregory Workman

Mammut Ride
Mammut Ride
2 models available. 22 and 30
Size 22-30 L (1343-1831 CI)

Mammut Rocker
Mammut Rocker
6 models available. 14, 15, 16, 18, 20 and 26
Size 15 L (915 CI)

Millet Prolighter

Millet Trilogy

Watershed Big Creek

Badlands Reactor

Burton Riders

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 December 14, 2017

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