Best Hiking Daypacks

by Jack Guy

Sep 20, 2019

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You don’t need to take much other than the essentials on a one-day hike, and these bags have just the right amount of space.

The Osprey Talon 22 boasts a 22-liter capacity, a hip belt and ventilated back panels for great functionality. There is also a 20-liter version for women known as the Tempest 20.

Rival brand Deuter also does a good daypack, the Speed Lite 20. It’s also got a 20-liter capacity, and does away with the padded hip belt of the Osprey bags in favor of a detachable nylon version.

If you need to carry a bit more stuff, the Patagonia Nine Trails 28 has a larger capacity with front mesh pockets where you can stuff those little bits you need to get to quickly. Access to the main compartment is easy thanks to a wrap-around zip, so you won’t find yourself delving deep into a dark bag.

Those who like lots of different compartments to organize gear will love the Gregory Salvo 28, for men, and the Sula 28, for women. There are all sorts of different pockets, but a sleek design means the bags still look good as well as being highly functional.



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