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March 12, 2019 The North Face Chimera 18 daypack.

Gear Review: The North Face Chimera 18 Daypack

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The North Face Chimera 18
$100, 18L/1,098 c.i., 1 lb. 1 oz.
One size each in men’s and women’s models

For many dayhikes, the best daypack is one that’s light, carries only what you need without superfluous capacity, and remains mostly unnoticeable on your back. I carried The North Face’s new and interesting Chimera 18 on several hikes, including a 21-mile, 10,500-vertical-foot, rim-to-rim dayhike across the Grand Canyon, and came away very impressed by its comfort with more weight than expected for a 17-ounce pack, plus its stability and surprising versatility for a range of hikers. Continue reading →

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Gear Review: The 7 Best Hiking Daypacks of 2019

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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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