I have a 28 liter REI Traverse that has served me well over the past several years. It can get a bit tight during the winter if I have to stuff in additional layers to deal with cold snaps. During the other three seasons it's perfect for me.
My daypack is over a decade old, and is no longer made.
Got you beat, Zeke. I've used a Jansport Tahoma (not sure of the volume) for the last, at least, 30 years. I've often been tempted to get a new day pack. In fact I was at the Sierra Trading Post store in Cody last week and almost bought a Mystery Ranch day pack which was a screaming good deal on sale but thought, why? The Jansport serves me well and it's size works for both summer hikes and winter day ski trips. It's certainly not the lightest pack out there but with day hikes, I don't feel weight is that important. So, I guess I'll stay with it. I really don't need much more stuff.
For around town when cycling or quick trips walking to the store, I use an ancient 45+ years old Wilderness Experience day pack. It's a classic I would never part with. When the younger set of hikers see it, they are often in awe of it with it's metal clasps/buckles and leather tie down patches. When they ask how old it is, I just smile and say, "Not as old as me, but considerably older than you".
"Too often I have met men who boast only of the miles they've traveled and not of what they have seen." - Louis L'Amour
I use an ancient 45+ years old Wilderness Experience day pack. It's a classic I would never part with. When the younger set of hikers see it, they are often in awe of it with it's metal clasps/buckles and leather tie down patches. When they ask how old it is, I just smile and say, "Not as old as me, but considerably older than you".
Post by JRinGeorgia on Jun 26, 2020 7:03:13 GMT -8
I've noted before how this is an area where going ultralight and "expensive" can actually save you money (and closet space). Having a UL gear kit my regular pack is fairly small and very light and thus I can use it as a daypack as well, so no need for a separate daypack.
I decided to go with a Deuter Speed Lite 26--it's actually a discontinued model, so I got a good deal on it from Campsaver. (My local shop didn't have anything that fit the bill for me.)
It ticks all of the boxes for me: exactly the size I was looking for, real suspension and hip belt, tool attachments, etc. I've only stuffed stuff in it at home to work on the fit, but so far, so good. It's clearly a different sort of pack altogether from the REI Flash 18 I use as a summit pack--it's more like a miniature version of a backpacking backpack. I even like the color.