The Osprey Tempest 20 is a versatile little daypack with some great features — most notably the bike helmet holder, which is a notoriously hard piece of equipment to secure to a pack without it flopping all over the place. As such, we've given this pack our Top Pick for Around Town designation. While some people only use daypacks for hiking, there are many others who use theirs for daily commuting and other everyday uses. If you're one of those gals, then the Tempest is a great pick. Besides the helmet attachment, there's also a few smaller storage pockets and an exterior sleeve for a layer or bulky item. It's big enough to fit a standard 15-inch laptop, but is still on the smaller side, making it suitable for toting on public transport or for biking with. The back and hip belt are made of mesh for increased airflow, and it's a comfortable and lightweight daypack. Our main (and only) real beef is the sizing — this pack comes in XS/S or S/M options, but even the S/M felt very small on our 5'6" main tester. The hip belt is also on the small side, so taller or larger ladies might have a hard time getting a good fit in this pack. If you need something with more room for longer day hikes, check out our Editors' Choice winner, the CamelBak Sequoia 22. If you're on a budget, the $70 REI Co-op Trail 25 is also a great choice.
Check out the Osprey Tempest 30. It has many of the same features that we loved in the smaller model, but with 10 more liters of carrying capacity and a top lid. Need even more room for one or two-day backpacking trips? The Osprey Tempest 40 will do the trick.