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Surveying the scene on one of America's best kept day hiking secrets. For the high and wild of Wyoming's Snowy Range  the hiking specific Editors Choice Osprey Stratos 34 is just the ticket.
The Best Daypacks of 2020
If you're trying to find the best daypack for shlepping around your food, water, and extra layers...

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The Best Women's Daypacks of 2020
Seeking a daypack that can hold and do it all? After researching 80+ options, we bought the best...

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Clockwise from upper left: REI Traverse 35  Osprey Talon 22  Salomon XA 25  Osprey Daylite Plus  Black Diamond Bolt 24
How to Choose a Daypack for Hiking
You're standing at your local outdoor retailer, staring at the multitude of backpack options. Do...

by Jediah Porter

The Stuff Pack comes in handy for those spontaneous road trip pull-overs when you see something awesome.
How to Choose a Women's Daypack
Purchasing the right daypack for you is no easy feat. There are so many different options out...

by Cam McKenzie Ring

Osprey Talon 22
The Osprey Talon 22 continues as our Editors' Choice panel-loading daypack. After another year of...

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REI Co-op Traverse 35
The REI Co-op Traverse 35 has blown away the other large daypacks in our review. The suspension...

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Salomon XA 25
The Salomon XA 25 is a running vest-style daypack with a roll-top main compartment and a broad...

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REI Co-op Flash 22
The REI Co-op Flash 22 punches above its price and weight to win our Best Buy award. REI made this...

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Osprey Archeon 25
The Osprey Archeon 25 is a super burly daypack with a mix of travel/commuting and hiking features...

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Osprey Daylite Plus
Every once in a while we get confused when trying to categorize a product. With the Osprey Daylite...

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REI Co-op Ruckpack 18
The REI Co-op Ruckpack 18 is a burly, travel-oriented daypack with mountain-ready features that...

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Osprey Tempest 20
Osprey Tempest 20
The Osprey Tempest 20 is a versatile little daypack with an adjustable torso length along with...

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Osprey Stratos 34
The Stratos 34 is a great pack for dedicated day hikers. The rigid suspension supports loads of...

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Deuter Speed Lite 20
The Deuter Speed Lite 20 presents a balance between low weight and simplicity, with just the right...

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Ortlieb Atrack 25
The Ortlieb Atrack 25 defines an entirely new class of daypack. Usually, waterproof or submersible...

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Osprey Sirrus 24
Osprey Sirrus 24
The Osprey Sirrus 24 is a great daypack that comes close to winning our Editors' Choice award...

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CamelBak Sequoia 22
Year after year, our testers love the CamelBak Sequoia 22 - it's one of our favorite packs that we...

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Osprey Daylite
The popular Osprey Daylite carries your essentials for short hikes and urban outings. Our experts...

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REI Co-op Trail 25
We've tested a ton of packs over the course of decades here at OutdoorGearLab. They get steadily...

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Black Diamond Bolt 24
The Black Diamond Bolt 24 takes Black Diamond's considerable mountain-sport experience and puts it...

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REI Co-op Flash 18
We've owned a Flash 18 since the pack debuted in the late 2000s. We've used it in most...

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The North Face Chimera 24
The North Face Chimera 24 attempts to merge the best aspects of a light daypack and a running...

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Gregory Jade 28L
The Gregory Jade 28 is one of the biggest packs in our daypack review, and it straddles the line...

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The North Face Chimera 18 - Women's
The Chimera 18 is a lightweight pack with a secure cinch system and tons of features perfect for...

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Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack
In the world of high-tech, fancy framed daypacks, the Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack may seem a bit...

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Black Diamond Nitro 22L
A unisex bag meant for approaches and carrying a full load of gear, the Black Diamond Nitro...

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Patagonia Nine Trails 18 - Women's
Despite being recently updated, the Patagonia Nine Trails just doesn't live up to basic daypack...

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Deuter Futura 22 SL
We found plenty to like when testing the Deuter Futura 22 SL. It has some useful features, like an...

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack
The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil is an impressively small, lightweight pack that minimalists are sure...

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CamelBak Rim Runner 22
In overall scoring, the CamelBak Rim Runner 22 ended up as a very decent pack. Our scoring rubric...

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REI Co-op Flash 18
The REI Flash 18 is a sort of in-between bag that's light and packable enough you can bring it in...

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Lowe Alpine Aeon ND25
The Aeon ND25 is a simple daypack with thoughtful features that make it an easy choice for shorter...

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Osprey Stratos 24
This daypack features an innovative back panel that puts ventilation and load-carrying first...

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Osprey Hikelite 18
Osprey makes a dizzying number of daypacks, and it's hard to keep them all straight. We've liked a...

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Gregory Zulu 30
Overall, the Zulu is solid but not flashy. It scores well in most categories. For a dedicated day...

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Kelty Redtail 27
Kelty Redtail 27
If you're looking for an all-around pack to make the cross-over between around town use and...

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Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio
Why are you shopping for a daypack? If you are looking for an all-around pack to bring with you to...

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Patagonia Nine Trails 26 - Women's
We were excited to test out the new pack line from Patagonia, but unfortunately, it didn't...

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Camelbak Fourteener 24
Daypacks come in two major categories. There are those that are fully optimized for day hiking...

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Mammut Lithia Speed 15
Mammut Lithia Speed 15
The Mammut Lithia Speed 15 is one of the smallest full-featured packs in our review, and also one...

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Arc'teryx Brize 25
The Arc'teryx Brize 25 is a solid little pack. It is simple, clean, and carefully thought out...

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 35
The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 35 offers lightweight materials and a suspension that moves with...

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The North Face Litus 22
The North Face discontinued the Litus 22 in 2019. The North Face Litus 22 gives the Editors'...

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Marmot Kompressor 18
This pack is unlike any other we have tested. As a day pack that is purposely augmented to serve...

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Gregory Salvo 24
Gregory Salvo 24
The Gregory Salvo 24 is the most comfortable day pack we reviewed and is ready for your every...

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Granite Gear Virga 26
Granite Gear Virga 26
The Granite Gear Virga 26 will hike any distance on your next day hike. The simple design and...

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Cotopaxi Luzon 24L
The Cotopaxi Luzon is a fairly untechnical pack that has a lot of helpful features for everyday...

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Gregory Maya 22
The Gregory Maya 22 is a lightweight daypack that did decently during our testing period but never...

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 is Discontinued The Scrambler 30 from Mountain Hardwear is a...

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Lowe Alpine Aeon ND20
The Lowe Alpine Aeon ND20 is a simple little daypack that we reached for time and again whenever...

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