Daypacks used to be simple pieces of gear that didn't cost a lot of money. These days, most are made with fancy high-tech materials and intricate designs, and their price reflects that. Thankfully, the folks at REI are still producing high-quality packs at a reasonable price, and we're happy to give their Trail 25 pack our Best Buy award. It's a roomy and versatile daypack with some nice extra features, and it's only half the price of some of the other packs in this review. It doesn't have a hip belt (unless you count the piece of one-inch webbing, which doesn't do much), so if you tend to day hike with a lot of gear, you may want a different option. The shoulder straps are well-padded though, and it can carry a light load comfortably. If you plan on going on epic long day hikes, our Editors' Choice winner, the CamelBak Sequoia 22, is a better option. We also preferred the Osprey Tempest 20 for around town wear. And if you like the price point of this pack but want something a little bigger (and with a hip belt), REI makes a Trail 40 that retails for $119.
Our Best Buy winning women's daypack has been updated this year. Check out the comparison below to get the details!