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- Osprey Talon 33 Backpack- Men's
- Osprey Tempest 20 Backpack- Women's
- Deuter Aircontact 60+10 SL Backpack - Women's
- Osprey Talon 22 Backpack- Men's
- Osprey Tempest 30 Backpack- Women's
- Mountainsmith Scream 50 WSD Pack- Women's
- Deuter Futura 30 SL Backpack- Women's
- Gregory Citro 30 Backpack- Men's
- Osprey Tempest 9 Backpack- Women's
- Deuter Aircomfort Lite 23 SL Backpack
Osprey Talon 33 Backpack- Men's
With 33L volume, this pack is the perfect size for long day hikes where you'll need to bring some extra gear, and can even be used to short and light overnight trips. With 6 external pockets and a large main compartment, there's plenty of space to stash all your rain gear, lunch and snacks, emergency and first aid supplies, camera, and anything else you want to bring along, and the water-resistant material will keep it all protected! Adjustable straps allow for the perfect fit!
Great stability and ability to keep well adjusted while hiking any terrain. This is an awesome size to pack light lite and travel from a day trip to a light over nighter.
Osprey Tempest 20 Backpack- Women's
With hip belt pockets, water bottle pockets, hydration sleeve, panel loading top access, great organization and shove it pocket, this is truly a pack that will work for all outdoor activities. The ventilated back panel keeps air flow moving and carries weight effortlessly.
This is possibly the perfect day pack with just the right amount of space for layers, lunch, and other day hiking must haves. It features built in pockets on the hipbelt and is hydration system compatible.
Deuter Aircontact 60+10 SL Backpack - Women's
Durable nylon material is treated with a DWR coating to shed light rain away, and the inside is accessible from the side, super convenient when what you want is at the bottom of your pack! Deuter packs are covered by a lifetime warranty.
Osprey Talon 22 Backpack- Men's
My personal favorite for most things. It's a bit on the larger side, but comfortably fits a few layers if i get warm during the day. Also fits snacks, a camera, etc without feeling cramped. Has the pocket sides for water bottles and two hip belt pockets which I personally think is nice.
This pack is a bit more structured to carry day hiking essentials like snacks, layers, water, first aid, light, phone etc while staying light and supportive. The hip belt pockets are ideal for small items with fast access.
Osprey Tempest 30 Backpack- Women's
This pack is the perfect size for larger/longer day hikes, and fast & light or shorter backpacking trips at 30L. Plenty of great features, such as multiple adjustment points, plenty of pockets, Airscape Suspension Backpanel, and more! Osprey uses sustainable materials for their packs, and their Almighty Guarantee makes this price even sweeter!
Mountainsmith Scream 50 WSD Pack- Women's
A fantastic lightweight pack option for women! This pack weighs in at just 2lb 10oz while still providing durability and comfort. Easily access the contents of your pack through the roll top closure or the large front panel J-zipper! Designed with function in mind, this pack can easily accommodate bear canisters and is also hydration system compatible which makes staying hydrated on the trail easy breezy.
Ultra minimalist backpacking trips
Deuter Futura 30 SL Backpack- Women's
A lightweight and women's specific backpack. The aircomfort back systems offers plenty of ventilation for comfort and breathability while hiking and the front mesh pocket is great for storing wet gear. Compatible with a 3L water reservoir, plus rain cover is included.
Gregory Citro 30 Backpack- Men's
A large main compartment paired with stretchy materials for the external storage makes the Citro a nice option for those longer, more extensive day hikes. The proprietary VaporSpan ventilated suspension will keep you comfy and supported while also keeping moisture at bay. 30L gives you plenty of space for all the essentials and any extra gear needed for a change of weather and maybe even a few extras depending on how you pack! Dual layer bottom increases durability. Hydration compatible. Fits torso sizing from 16"-21" and hips/waist 28"-48".
A great daypack/commuter bag for multi-terrain needs. Designed with a ventilated, mesh back-panel plus dual-layer base which provides added durability, and supports heavier load. Features a lightweight, alloy frame, front stretch and dual mesh side pockets, two zippered pockets, and an interior security pocket. This pack is also hydration bladder compatible (sold separately).
lightweight and comfortable, this is ideal for a longer day hike where you might need snacks and extra layers as well as to carry some water.
Osprey Tempest 9 Backpack- Women's
Smallest volume option from Osprey's iconic Tempest series, this pack is great for day-hikers who only require the bare minimals and want to move fast. Perfect for a water reservoir, rain jacket, and a small snack or two!
Made specifically for women, this pack is adjustable, and hydration compatible. Perfect for day hikes and fits essential items you'll need to bring.
Deuter Aircomfort Lite 23 SL Backpack
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21 Backpack
Features a 3-zip design, laptop and tablet sleeves plus internal storage for more organization. Designed to stay close to your body for comfort while hiking on the trail!
Mystery Ranch In and Out 22 Backpack
Mystery Ranch packs are durable and built for adventure thanks to their military inspired designs. Weighs less than a pound and can pack down small so it is also a great travel companion.
Ultimate Direction Fastpackher 20 Backpack- Women's
This 22L pack is for going lightweight while moving fast in the outdoors. The pack features easy access pockets on the front of the shoulder straps making it easy to focus on running or hiking. The vest style straps allow for full range movement and comfort while running on the trail. This pack is extremely lightweight and fits against the body for long days outside.
Camelbak Rim Runner 2.5 Hydration Pack
22 liters of cargo capacity and 2.5 liter (85oz) reservoir to keep you hydrated. Partially made with post-consumer recycled materials! Actual customer review: "Great Buy! This is an amazing pack for day hikes. Plenty of room for layers and lunch. Light and comfortable".
This pack features a hipbelt to help disperse the load and integrated pockets are great for storing snacks and other small items. Integrated air mesh helps keep you cool while you hike by allowing ventilation.
Osprey Talon 11 Backpack- Men's
A solid, more minimal option for just the essentials at 11L, great size for everything you need and nothing you don't. Very good option for a do anything pack that has awesome airflow and can easily be used on the bike, on hikes, travel or everyday. Hip belt pockets are awesome for easy to grab small items.
This pack is small, but mighty! You'd be surprised what you can fit in there with only 11 L capacity. Including all the water needed for the day, a rain jacket, mid-layer, extra pair of socks, and tons of snacks. The pack is comfortable for the entire day!
Deuter Speed Lite 23 Backpack- Women's
A top choice for day hikes! Features a "vest-style" shoulder strap system with a pocket on each strap for easy access to frequently needed items! Gear loops and compression straps allow for trekking poles or an ice axe to be carried as well.
A 100% recycled, vest-strap style pack ready for day hikes. Designed for lightweight packing and comfort during high-volume activity. Features an internal, Derlin U-frame and it's
compatible with a 3L hydration bladder.
Deuter Futura 25 SL Backpack- Women's
With 25L volume, this pack is the perfect size for day hikes of any length. Plenty of space for snacks, extra layers, a hammock and a book, plus plenty of pockets in internal compartment spaces to keep things separate and easy to access. Comfortable, snug fit with plenty of adjustment points, and additional features such as an included rain cover, trekking pole strap, and a lifetime warranty!
Granite Gear Virga 2 Pack
A simple and lightweight pack. It has all the features you need and none of the ones you don't. You'll hardly notice this thing on your back. It features a large main pocket with a roll top enclosure, two roomy mesh side pockets, and a large outside mesh pocket for storing wet gear or ready-to-grab items. The hip belt helps transfer the weight to your hips for a more comfortable and efficient carry.
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