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Day Pack Ratings Summary

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Score Product Price Our Take
74
$110
Editors' Choice Award
Time tested and a top pick for versatility, this pack wins our Editors' Choice award.
67
$160
Editors' Choice Award
The best pack we know of for dedicated day hikers.
66
$159
Arc'teryx’s Brize pack is a simple bag that is carefully tailored and optimized for durability.
66
$65
Top Pick Award
This is a pack that works almost equally well for hiking and for carrying your work supplies.
66
$130
Top Pick Award
For versatility and durability in wet climates and applications, this is worth your consideration.
64
$100
The North Face has made a basic backpack with subtly sophisticated suspension that lends excellent carrying support. 
62
$89
Versatile and lightweight, this 20-liter daypack is an good all-arounder.
62
$40
Best Buy Award
It makes sense that this model is so popular, considering its low price tag and weight.
61
$50
Top Pick Award
The Kompressor is a specialized piece of equipment for travel and base camp backpacking.
61
$55
Best Buy Award
An above average performer that is half the price of top scoring backpacks in this category.
60
$50
Simple yet well-designed, this model has everything you need for a short trail romp or city sightseeing.
58
$140
The Zulu is a fully featured bag for the enthusiastic day hiker.
58
$100
For your average day hiker, this pack is just the ticket. The included hydration reservoir only sweetens the deal.
58
$120
Although this pack is ultralight, it is also inconvenient and uncomfortable when not painstakingly packed.
57
$80
A school book bag designed with great materials and fashionable branding.
53
$150
CamelBak has upgraded this model with even better function for the high end practitioner.