Best Daypacks for Hiking
When I chose my backpack it was a serious, solemn occasion. I knew that my backpack was one of the most important elements of my hiking gear and attire. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to carry my things, some of which have life-saving potential.
But, how could I possibly choose one when I had exposure to all the best daypacks for hiking that the industry has to offer?
I was in the store for quite a while trying on packs, getting measured, and adjusting each pack to fit my measurements. I ultimately chose a style that suited me perfectly. I tend to have a short torso so some of the traditional backpacks didn’t even fit me at all.
Best Daypacks for Hiking – Top Choices
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when buying a daypack. I know it can be hard. So, I compiled a list of good packs that you can consider. These are high quality and very popular and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
- High Sierra Loop Backpack – This backpack is highly versatile. I like the multiple compartments, which are designed to help us keep our gear organized.
- Camelbak Rogue 70 Oz. Hydration Pack – This pack is a must-have, especially for summer hikers. Easily stay hydrated without taking the time to stop and have a sip of water from your flask. Now, all you need to do is take a sip from the hydration unit as you walk!
- 11 Rush 12 Backpack– This pack is for those who are packing some serious gear! They’re great for hikers, hunters, and those who want a practical bag for travel. There is a total of 16 compartments, which means there’s plenty of room for all your gear.
- Eagle Creek Packable Daypack – This pack is both durable and lightweight, which makes it perfect for those hikes where you need a lot of gear but don’t want to lose speed.
- Osprey Daylite Backpack – Versatility is the name of the game with this lightweight backpack. It’s just as handy as it is comfortable!
- Outdoor Products Moxey Daypack – There are plenty of pockets in this pack to organize all your things. It also has a convenient holder for a water bottle, which can be accessed without even taking off the pack!
- Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack – This versatile pack is actually waterproof, which means that you can even take it in the water. I don’t know about you, but I’ve hiked in enough rain storms to know that this pack is totally useful. Wet gear is the worst!
- Kelty Redtail 30 Daypack – One of Kelty’s most popular packs, this one is suitable for a variety of conditions. It’s lightweight and there are plenty of pockets to keep everything organized.
- Osprey Talon 22 Liter Backpack – Although this backpack is a pretty hefty size, there are styles available that are even larger!
- High Sierra Loop Backpack – This backpack is great for just about any hike. It’s also available in a lot of different colors, which means that you can have some fun with it!
You really can’t go wrong with any of these daypacks. Just think about what you need and your preferences and choose the bag that suits.
Things to Consider when Buying a Daypack
I thought I would give you a list of things you should consider when buying a hiking daypack. When I purchased mine, I had to consider all these things because I knew I wanted to buy a pack that would not only fit me well but also suit my needs.
- Gender. There are packs for men and for women. A pack made for a man may not fit a woman very well and vice-verse.
- Stature. Gender isn’t the only thing that could affect how the pack fits. Female backpacks designed for someone with a large torso don’t fit me well, for example.
- Hikes. The types of hikes you plan on doing will also affect which pack you choose.
- Season. Since I hike in the winter as well, I actually have two daypacks. One is a little larger than the other. I seem to need room for more things in the winter (extra gear, extra layers). My smaller pack works for the other three seasons.
- Quality. I bought a five dollar emergency backpack in a country store once before a hike because I forgot my pack on vacation. The thing got the job done but it wasn’t very comfortable. I like packs with a waist and chest strap, and this one didn’t have either. Quality matters.
You may also want to take your measurements, including your torso, to make sure you are selecting a bag that will be the most comfortable.