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Gear Review: The 7 Best Hiking Daypacks of 2018

December 5, 2017  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   3 Comments
Patagonia Nine Trails 20 daypack.

The Patagonia Nine Trails 20 daypack in Zion National Park.

By Michael Lanza

Choosing a daypack for hiking can seem simple—until you see the dozens of choices out there today, which range all over the map in terms of volume, weight, carrying capacity, features, and cost. Before buying, consider what you need a daypack for. How much stuff will you carry? That partly depends on where, when, and how far you hike. What kind of pack design suits your dayhiking style: low- or high-capacity? Lightweight and minimalist, or with an assortment of pockets and features? Built for hard abuse, or mostly for cruising good trails?

The seven daypacks in this freshly updated review stand out as the best available today—and this review describes the subtle differences between them to help you find the right pack for your dayhiking adventures.

Plus, right now, you’ll find some of them at sharply reduced sale prices.

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