The Best Daypacks For Running

The Best Daypacks for Hiking

Whether your out and about on the trails for the day or simply just moving from A to B, you can’t beat a great day pack to carry everything you need the most comfortable way possible. Today I’m going to review the best daypacks for hiking to help you decide which is best for you.

Making the decision choosing the right day pack for you can be an interesting one, so below are a few pointers on what you should consider before your purchase.

Price

Of course, you don’t want your daypack to break the bank when it comes to spending. But then again, you also want it to last for many years if you can so there is a balance. In this review, we will look at a variety of price ranges that suit your pocket.

Weight

Not as critical as a full-on backpack, but if you are going to be out on long full days on the trails, especially if you are going to be running, then you want to consider something that is light enough that it won’t drag you down as the hours pass by.

Capacity

Measured in the number of litres a pack will carry. The majority of daypacks on sale will range from around 10L-35L, but the most popular daypacks usually have a 20-30L capacity. Anything within the range of 20L – 30L will be ample room to hold all the essentials required for a full day out.

Waterproofing

As you will be well aware, it’s generally not a guarantee that every day out on the trails is going to be dry (unless you are lucky), so it’s generally important to have a form of waterproofing on the bag.

Unfortunately, most packs will have little waterproofing for the heaviest of rainfall. Some come with a rain cover but they are likely to shed water at some point.

I personally will always use a waterproof stuff sackOpens in a new tab. for all my important gear. Of course, you can always get away with zip lock bags or some form of a plastic bag (re-use to help the environment).

Hydration

There are two main ways to use as your hydration for the days out. A hydration bladder or bottles. It’s really up to the individual what they prefer. For myself, I tend to use soft flasks as they are easy to carry and once empty they stow away nicely. I have used hydration bladders on many trail races and they are also great, but my preference is the soft flask.

Just make sure that whatever your preference, the day pack you use should have that capability.

Fit

It probably goes without saying but the fit is very important if you are going to be wearing the pack for long periods of time. The best packs are those that tend to have the most adjustment options such as the sternum strap, waist belt, shoulder straps etc.

Ventilation

For me, this is a must. Getting a wet back on cold days is a game-changer for me. My advice is to find a pack that has a mesh back that allows airflow. You will be grateful for it.

Organisation

I have had many a pack that has been just a single storage compartment. They are great but can be frustrating at times as well. If you like to be organised and have compartments for your phone, your food, stuff you want to hand then look for a pack that has storage options.

Ok, with the options dealt with, let’s look at some of the best daypacks available today.

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Osprey Talon 22

Osprey is a leading manufacturer of quality packs and this one is no exception.

Opens in a new tab.This model is designed for men and comes with a raised mesh back to allow fantastic ventilation as well as a multitude of pockets to easily stow away those items you want to reach easily. The side pockets are constructed of a stretch mesh to allow easy storage.

There is stow on the go trekking pole attachments for those hilly climbs as well as an easy helmet stowage point for those days you are out and about on the bike.

You will also have an external hydration sleeve that sits behind the back of the mesh ventilated and is perfect if a hydration bladder is for you. There is also the option to store bottles in the side pockets.

All in all a very comfortable pack with plenty of storage space and lots of great pockets for convenience.

The Female version of this pack is the Osprey Tempest 20.

Pros

  • Lots of Great Storage Space
  • Very Comfortable
  • A Manufacturer you can Trust
  • Great Sizing and Fit

Cons

  • The only Thing of Note was the Helmet Stowage Point being Poor.

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Deuter Airlite 22

If moving fast and light is your thing then the Deuter may just be the pack for you.

Opens in a new tab.The Airlight 22 is designed for optimal performance and comfort. Deuter has also incorporated its AirComfort back system which effectively raises the mesh back panel away from the body via a flexible sprung steel frame allowing maximum ventilation whilst staying extremely light.

The Airlight is extremely versatile and can be used for long trail runs as well as day hikes, along with cycling, commuting and just about any other activity you can imagine.

The hip belt has dual mesh pockets for easy storage as well as mesh shoulder straps to keep you cool. The pack also comes with its own rain cover and also has the ability to house a hydration bladder up to 3 ltr. There is also storage for bottles at the side of the pack if you prefer.

The pack is constructed with Ripstop and Microrip fabrics making it very durable as well as water-resistant.

A great pack for fast packers and trail runners.

Pros

  • Very Light
  • Extremely Versatile
  • Hard Wearing Material
  • Great Sizing and Fit

Cons

  • Small Pocket Inside Main Compartment Can Get In The Way When Full.
  • One Customer Said the Straps Didn’t Fit Their Shoulders Very Well.

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Camelbak Fourteener 24

The first thing of note with this pack is the fact it comes with a 3L Crux reservoir which allows for a fast flow rate when drinking. Perfect for those warm days when hydration is essential.

Opens in a new tab.The pack itself is less built for days out running the trails but more for the hiking part of your adventures. There is loads of space and little cubby holes to store plenty of essentials for your day’s adventure. 

The feedback from customers is that it is a great comfortable fit and it also has a stretch outer overflow pocket if you need to take that little bit more with you.

The back of the pack is a different design from the other packs on review. Rather than a mesh panel, it has two raised soft areas that create small airflow tunnels around the back. General feedback is that this works pretty well.

If taking plenty of gear for anything the weather throws at you, then the Fourteener is a great option with loads of storage pockets for anything from electronics to food.

Pros

  • Great for Long Hikes
  • Lots of Storage Space
  • Loads of Pockets
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Some Say Hydration Drinking Tube a Bit Short
  • Have to Buy the Rain Cover Separately

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Gregory Salvo 28

Maybe not as well a known pack as some of the others on view, but don’t be fooled, this is a quality daypack.

Opens in a new tab.It has a great capacity and plenty of storage pockets as you might expect. There are mesh pockets for easy storage on the waist belt if there is anything you want at hand.

The pack come with EVAP moisture-wicking technology keeping your back cool and comfortable in all weather conditions.

There is a hydration sleeve in the pack but unfortunately, you will have to buy the hydration bladder separately if this is the form of hydration you want to use. There are stretch mesh pockets on either side of the packs that can store your water bottles.

There is a female version called the Gregory Sula 28.

Pros

  • Lots of Great Storage Space
  • Very Comfortable
  • A Manufacturer you can Trust
  • Great Sizing and Fit

Cons

  • The only Thing of Note was the Helmet Stowage Point being Poor.

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Osprey Stratos 24 (Recommended)

Another Osprey on the list and for good reason. Without a doubt, this is one of the most comfortable packs you will wear.

Opens in a new tab.The real beauty of this pack is that the mesh back panel can be adjusted to suit the wearer, meaning it works for almost any torso type.

There is an integrated rain cover as well as an internal hydration sleeve which is separate from the other compartments.

There are tons of storage pockets which range from the standard mesh hip storage to a zippered top stash pocket and even a vertical pocket at the back for a map. You can even carry your trekking poles in the stow on the go system.

The Osprey Stratos is the Male version. For Females, please choose the Osprey Sirrus 24.

Pros

  • Amazing Comfort
  • Lots of Storage Space
  • Adjustable Ventilation Mesh

Cons

  • Hydration Bladder Sold Separately
  • A couple of Customers though Storage Could be More Flexible.

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Conclusion

I hope this review of the best daypacks for hiking has helped you to decide what the right daypack will be for you. There are some great ones on review, but my favourite has to be the Osprey Stratos 24 mainly because of the storage space and great comfort it gives the wearer.

If you enjoyed this review, you will probably like some of our other articles as well. Why not check out a few:

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All the best,

Mark

Mark

Hey! Mark here. Welcome to my blog. At the age of 47 I was a 212lb unhealthy mess. At the age of 50, I had run an 86 mile trail ultramarathon and converted to a Plant-Based Diet. I had turned my life around in 3 years. This blog is set up for those of you who want to make that change and I'm here to help.

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