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Gear Review: Osprey Talon 22 and Tempest 20 Daypacks

May 17, 2017  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Hikers testing the Osprey Tempest 20 on Telescope Peak, Death Valley National Park.

Hikers testing the Osprey Tempest 20 on Telescope Peak, Death Valley National Park.

Daypacks
Osprey Talon 22 and Tempest 20
$110, 20L/1,220 c.i., 1 lb. 11 oz. (men’s S/M)
Sizes: men’s S/M and M/L, women’s XS/S and S/M
backcountry.com

Daypacks are a little like flavors of ice cream—there’s something for everyone’s taste, and they vary so greatly that you can get to feel like one isn’t nearly enough. So how do you find the right model when you want a quiver of one daypack for all purposes? In pursuit of the answer to that enduring philosophical conundrum, I carried Osprey’s Talon 22 on a dayhike to the highest point in California’s Death Valley National Park, 11,049-foot Telescope Peak, and on dayhikes during a family trip to Costa Rica, including the crazily steep and rugged peak Cerro Chato. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Deuter Speed Lite 20 Daypack

September 21, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Deuter Speed Lite 20

Deuter Speed Lite 20

Daypack
Deuter Speed Lite 20
$89, 20L/1,220 c.i. 1 lb. 3 oz.
One size
backcountry.com

At first glance, Deuter’s Speed Lite 20 struck me as a daypack with the right capacity and features for virtually any adventure—and super lightweight, which I like. So I decided to put it to a serious test, on an 8.5-hour, 20-mile, 4,500-foot, mid-September trail run-hike of the Alice Lake-Toxaway Lake Loop in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, including a 1,400-foot, third-class scramble up 10,651-foot Snowyside Peak. And there’s much to like about the Speed Lite 20. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Gregory Miwok 18 and Maya 16 Daypacks

August 18, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
Gregory Miwok 18 daypack

Gregory Miwok 18 daypack

Daypack
Gregory Miwok 18/Maya 16
$99, 18L/1,098 c.i., 1 lb. 10 oz.
One size
backcountry.com

For most three-season dayhikes—whether it’s several miles or an ultra-hike of 20 or more miles—I want to travel light, and I prefer a daypack that helps me achieve that goal, while remaining comfortable and having a utilitarian feature set. Having been a fan of the Gregory Miwok series for some years for just those reasons, I took the new men’s Miwok 18 out for a spin on various one-day hikes, including the 32-mile, 10,000-vertical-foot Pemi Loop over nine summits in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and came away largely impressed with its versatility for most dayhikers. Continue reading →

Ask Me: Looking For an All-Purpose Daypack for Hiking and Traveling

July 29, 2016  |  In Ask Me, Gear Reviews, Hiking, International Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
Osprey Manta AG 20 daypack on Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park.

The Osprey Manta AG 20 daypack on Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park.

Mr. Lanza,

I have recently stumbled across your blog and become a big fan. Thank you for taking the time to put it together and keep it going. I would like to get your thoughts on what you think is the best waterproof daypack. Long story short, I’m looking for a waterproof daypack because my girlfriend and I are going to be traveling abroad visiting multiple countries. Some will be hot, some will be cool, and some will likely be rainy and others will definitely involve water activities and a lot of hiking or walking around. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak Daypack

July 27, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak

Daypack
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak
$220, 17L/1,040 c.i. 1 lb. 4 oz. (medium)
Sizes: S (fits torsos 15-17 ins.), M (torsos 17-19 ins.), and L (torsos 19+ ins.)
hyperlitemountaingear.com

Lightweight and tough aren’t adjectives I usually use together when describing gear, but they both apply to this daypack. I’ve used it for everything from dayhiking up to several miles on a four-day whitewater rafting and kayaking trip on the Green River through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument, on multi-pitch rock climbs at Idaho’s City of Rocks National Reserve, and ski touring. Besides carrying comfortably with about 10 pounds inside, it still looks brand new. Continue reading →

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