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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 →

Need New Gear? Best Deals on the Web Right Now

August 2, 2016  |  In Backpacking, Family Adventures, Gear Reviews, Hiking   |   Tagged , ,   |   Leave a comment
Arc'teryx Velaro 24

Click on the photo for a great deal on an Arc’teryx Velaro daypack.

By Michael Lanza

Readers often ask me for suggestions on good-quality gear for hiking and backpacking that’s affordable. They want to get outdoors, but they’re on a budget, and they don’t want gear that will fall apart on their second day using it. Now’s your chance to score great deals, because many online retailers are marking down their prices to move inventory before they switch over to fall products—just in time for your late-summer adventures. I’ve scoured the websites I like and assembled below links to my recommendations for the backpacks, daypacks, tents, footwear, bags and other gear I’d buy and suggest to friends.

My advice: Grab it while it’s available at these prices. 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 →

Gear Review: 5 Favorite Daypacks

June 30, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   1 Comment
Osprey Manta AG 20

Osprey Manta AG 20

By Michael Lanza

What do you need a daypack for? That’s really the critical question to consider when choosing from the dozens of widely varying choices out there today, which range all over the map in terms of volume, weight, carrying capacity, features—and cost. Some are very specialized, others built as all-purpose dayhiking sacks, but still designed with an eye toward making them stand out from a crowded field.

I’ve picked out five favorite daypacks I’ve tested and reviewed at The Big Outside—all different enough from one another to offer you clear choices. Continue reading →

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