daypack reviews

Mystery Ranch Coulee 25 daypack.

Review: Mystery Ranch Coulee 25 Daypack

Daypack Mystery Ranch Coulee 25 $175, 25L/1,525 c.i., 2 lbs. 11 oz. (men’s S/M) Sizes: men’s S/M and L/XL, women’s XS/X and M/L backcountry.com The long arc toward lighter gear in the outdoor industry has undeniably brought many benefits to those of us who love going into the backcountry. But the flip side of that trend sometimes manifests in compromises …

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A backpacker hiking over Park Creek Pass in North Cascades National Park.

5 Expert Tips For Buying the Right Backpacking Pack

By Michael Lanza If you’re super fit and strong, hike with a pack of any weight 50 or more days a year, and have never known any sort of injury or ache in your body, then don’t bother reading this article. But for everyone else, knowing how to find the right pack for backpacking and other outdoor activities—and for your …

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Black Diamond Trail Blitz 12 ultralight daypack.

Review: Black Diamond Trail Blitz 12 and REI Flash 18 Daypacks

Ultralight Daypacks Black Diamond Trail Blitz 12 $40, 12L/732 c.i., 6.5 oz. One size backcountry.com REI Flash 18 $40, 18L/1,100 c.i., 9 oz. One size rei.com When considering whether to carry a light daypack or summit pack for side hikes or peakbagging on a backpacking trip, I’d normally weigh the length of the side hikes—i.e., how far I’d have to …

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The Gregory Miwok 18 daypack.

Gear Review: Gregory Miwok 18 and Maya 16 Daypacks

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Gregory Miwok 18/Maya 16
$100, 18L/1,098 c.i., 1 lb. 12 oz. (men’s)
One men’s and women’s size, adjustable
backcountry.com

Look at a row of modern daypacks in any store or at an online retailer and you’ll see an increasing number that strive to strike a balance between good carrying comfort and capacity, with a smart feature set that’s not over-engineered, and low weight. Many of them are using the template employed by Gregory’s Miwok and Maya daypack series for years. Carrying the recently updated Miwok 18 on sections of a five-day trek through northern Spain’s Picos de Europa Mountains, and on an eight-mile, 5,200-vertical-foot dayhike of Idaho’s 12,662-foot Borah Peak—with some third-class scrambling—I was reminded of everything I’ve liked about this pack for a long time, and had an opportunity to evaluate a fine, major improvement these outstanding daypacks have just received.

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Deuter Trail Pro 36 daypack.

Review: Deuter Trail Pro 36 and Trail Pro 34 SL Daypacks

Large DaypackDeuter Trail Pro 36 and Trail Pro 34 SL$165, 36L/2,197 c.i., 3 lbs. 7 oz. (men’s)Sizes: one men’s and one women’s, not adjustablebackcountry.com On the second day of a five-day hut trek through Spain’s Picos de Europa Mountains, the trail immediately grew steep and remained steep for most of the day. We hiked long stretches over snow-covered talus and …

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