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Osprey Talon 22

Osprey Talon 22

A backpack should offer enough space to store all necessities such as additional clothing, food, water and accessories. What kind of backpack you need depends on the length of the hike that you will execute and on the equipment (climbing harness, helmet etc.) required for the terrain. If you are going for a shorter hike in stable weather, you might be fine with a waist pack for carrying water and snacks. In this review we selected the best daypacks with a volume of 18 to 35 liters. Such daypacks are recommended for hiking trips lasting up to a full day.

For spending more days (and nights) outdoors, you need a backpack with a bigger volume; you can have a look at our selections of the best medium-sized hiking backpacks and best large hiking backpacks respectively. As it is very important that you pack your backpack properly for stability and balance, you might want to check out the tips in our article How to pack a backpack.

This selection was updated on the 15th of January 2017.

1. Buying a Daypack – What is important?

Frame:

Most daypacks do not use frames as they are not designed for carrying very heavy loads. Frameless backpacks have a flexible construction and are lighter than internal-frame or external-frame backpacks since they don’t contain heavy aluminum rods. A backpack with a frame is, however, preferred when carrying heavy loads as it efficiently transfers the weight of the pack from your shoulders to your hips (via the hip belt). For more information about the different types of backpacks check out our Hiking Backpacks Guide.

Volume/Size:

Daypacks are meant for day trips and typically have a volume of less than 40 liters. For multiday trips they might be too small as sleeping equipment (sleeping bag, tent, sleeping pad etc.) takes up quite some space in a pack. Nevertheless, keep in mind that it’s not optimal to carry a big backpack on all kinds of hiking trips regardless of how much stuff you are bringing as a backpack needs to be sufficiently filled to be stable on your back.

Weight:

Having light equipment is essential for every hiker and mountaineer as lightweight equipment decreases the aerobic demand (heart rate and calorie consumption) and thus allows you to hike faster and easier than with heavier gear. In this selection we only included lightweight daypacks – the heaviest daypack in this review weighs 1600 grams.

Pockets and attachment points:

You can only keep your things organized if your backpack has enough pockets and attachment points. Attachment points allow you to easily attach bulky gear such as trekking poles, ice axes etc.

Backpanel:

The backpanel should provide decent ventilation, so that you won’t sweat additionally by having the back of a synthetic daypack glued to your back by perspiration. Therefore, high-quality daypacks have ventilated backpanels which typically use a suspended mesh fabric to create some distance between your back and the backpack.

Durability:

High-quality daypacks differ from cheaper versions by not only being lighter, but also more durable. The durability of a hiking daypack depends on the fabric and other materials (zippers, buckles etc.) it is made of. Daypacks are normally made of nylon of different denier – the higher the denier, the more durable is the fabric. However, keep in mind that a higher denier number also means a heavier fabric (and thus backpack). Therefore, hiking daypacks typically don’t use nylon with denier of more than 210.

Hydration system compatibility:

A hydration system provides easy access to water – there is no need to stop and mess around with water bottles when using a hydration system. Hydration system compatible daypacks have an opening for the tube as well as a pocket or a sleeve which fits a water reservoir. To learn more about hydration bladders read our article Hydration Systems VS. Water Bottles. As daypacks usually don’t come with a hydration system, also check our selection of the Best Hydration Bladders if you need one.

2. The Best Daypacks Review

The Best Daypacks for 2017

The Best Daypacks for 2017

  1. Osprey Talon 22
  2. Montane Medusa 32
  3. Deuter AC Lite 18
  4. Gregory Stout 35
  5. Berghaus Freeflow 30

Comparison:

Feature/Product Osprey Talon 22Montane Medusa 32 Deuter AC Lite 18 Gregory Stout 35Berghaus Freeflow 30
Weight750 g 670 g 880 g 1410 g 1600 g
TypeFrameless Frameless Frameless Internal-frame Internal-frame
MaterialRipstop Nylon DWR Treated Raptor 210-Denier Nylon Macro Lite 210-Denier NylonRipstop Nylon Ripstop Nylon
Volume22 Liters (M/L),
20 Liters (S/M)
32 Liters18 Liters35 liters 30 Liters
BackpanelVentilated AirScape Padded Ventilated Aircomfort Padded Ventilated Freeflow
Sternum Strap YesYesYesYesYes
Hip BeltYesYesYesYesYes
Hydration System Compatibility Yes (external sleeve)Yes (internal sleeve)Yes (internal sleeve)Yes (internal sleeve)Yes (internal sleeve)
Osprey Talon 22

Osprey Talon 22

1. Osprey Talon 22

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Trekking
  • Everyday use

 

The Osprey Talon 22 is a very light daypack (it weighs merely 750 g) and thus great for those who prefer lightweight hiking. The daypack is equipped with the AirScape backpanel which is made of molded foam, covered with a suspended mesh fabric. Therefore, the backpanel provides superb ventilation. The main compartment is spacious and easily accessible (front –loading design).  In addition to the main compartment, the daypack is equipped with an inner zippered pocket, top zippered pocket, two zippered hip belt pockets, two mesh side pockets, shoulder strap pocket, front stash pocket and an external hydration sleeve. The hip belt pockets can be accessed without taking the daypack off first and therefore they come in handy for accessories like a GPS device, camera or a Smartphone. The side pockets are made of mesh fabric. They can be used for storing water bottles with a volume of up to 1 liter. The front stash pocket is designed for storing gear that you don’t want to put directly in the main compartment such as wet/sweaty clothes. As the hydration sleeve is placed between the main compartment and the backpanel it allows you to insert the water reservoir even when the daypack is fully loaded. This indeed comes in handy if you have to refill the water reservoir during the hike. Additional features of the Osprey Talon 22 are a LED light attachment clip, helmet holder, internal key attachment clip and pole attachment system. The Osprey Talon 22 is a great daypack which is not only super light but also offers great functionality.

 

Pros:

  • Superb backpanel
  • Weight
  • Hiking poles attachment system
  • Pockets
  • External hydration system sleeve

Cons:

  • /

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Montane Medusa 32

Montane Medusa 32

2. Montane Medusa 32

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Mountaineering
  • Via ferrata
  • Climbing
  • Everyday use

 

The Montane Medusa 32 daypack is slightly bigger (it has a volume of 32 liters) than the Osprey Talon 22 daypack above. Nevertheless, it is even lighter – it weighs merely 670 grams. The daypack is made of Raptor 210 fabric (210-denier nylon) and it is reinforced with durable 500-denier nylon in the areas that are prone to abrasion. As both materials are treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellant) the backpack also offers decent water resistance. The backpanel is made of molded foam with air channels and thus it ensures that the air can flow between the daypack and your back. Additionally the Montane Medusa 32 daypack offers a spacious main compartment, external lid pocket, internal lid pocket, two side mesh pockets and one zippered hip belt pocket. The external lid pocket has a zipper on the front side so that other hikers can easily open it and hand you over your gear. The side mesh pockets are perfect for storing water bottles. The hip belt has a pocket only on the right side as there is a gear loop on the left side. The gear loop is primarily intended for climbers but with a carabiner you can also attach non-climbing gear to it. The Montane Medusa 32 daypack allows you to easily and securely attach hiking poles and ice axes as it has compression straps as well as handy attachment points. The water reservoir is placed inside the main compartment and the daypack is equipped with a tube opening on the right side.

 

Pros:

  • Weight
  • Attachment points
  • Spacious
  • Pockets

Cons:

  • /

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Deuter AC Lite 18

Deuter AC Lite 18

3. Deuter AC Lite 18

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Climbing
  • Trekking
  • Via ferrata
  • Everyday use

 

The Deuter AC Lite 18 is the smallest daypack (18 liters) in this review and thus it is suitable for those who want to carry only the most essential gear. It is made of the Macro Lite 210 fabric (210-denier nylon) that uses an extremely tight weave in order to provide great abrasion-resistance. The daypack is equipped with an anatomically shaped Aircomfort backpanel which is made of mesh fabric and thus offers great breathability – there is also a space between the backpanel and the daypack which allows the air to dissipate freely from three sides. The Deuter AC Lite 18 is equipped with a main compartment, external lid pocket, internal lid pocket and two side mesh pockets. A clip inside the main compartment allows you to easily attach a water reservoir. In addition to that, the Deuter AC Lite 18 features an attachment system for hiking poles and comes with a rain cover. It is a great daypack for those who need a light and small pack for their short trips.

 

Pros:

  • Weight
  • Great backpanel
  • Durability

Cons:

  • Limited amount of attachment points

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Gregory Stout 35

Gregory Stout 35

4. Gregory Stout 35

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Climbing
  • Trekking
  • Via ferrata
  • Everyday use

 

The Gregory Stout 35 is an extremely spacious daypack. But space comes for a price; with the weight of 1410 grams it is one of the heaviest daypacks in this review. The daypack features the innovative TrailFlex suspension system as well as the TrailFit hip belt. The suspension system and hip belt efficiently redistribute the weight from the shoulders to the hips – thus minimizing pain in the shoulders when carrying a heavy load. The backpanel and shoulder straps are well-padded and thus offer great comfort. However, the backpanel is not as breathable as the backpanels on Osprey Talon and Deuter AC Lite 18 daypacks which employ a suspended mesh in order to achieve the best breathability possible. The Gregory Stout 35 has a main compartment with top opening, zippered lid pocket, internal lid pocket, two side pockets for water bottles and two hip belt pockets. It also has attachment points for ice axes and hiking poles, and comes with a rain cover. The Gregory Stout 35 is best for those who need a spacious daypack and don’t mind carrying a couple of grams more.

 

Pros:

  • Spacious
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Weight distribution

Cons:

  • Weight
  • Backpanel ventilation

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Berghaus Freeflow 30

Berghaus Freeflow 30

5. Berghaus Freeflow 30

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Climbing
  • Trekking
  • Everyday use

 

The Berghaus Freeflow 30 is a relatively heavy daypack (it weighs 1600 grams) but as it offers great comfort and functionality, it is highly appreciated among hikers and trekkers nevertheless. The daypack is equipped with the Biofit System which allows you to perfectly adjust the length of the harness to fit your torso as well as the load that you are carrying. The length is adjusted by using the webbing pull system – and can be adjusted even while the daypack is still on your back. Another highly appreciated feature is the Freeflow V ventilation system which provides minimal contact between your back and the daypack, thus increasing the airflow and reducing perspiration. The daypack also features well-placed pockets. On the front side there is a large zippered pocket perfect for storing things that you need regularly. Additionally the daypack has 3 external zippered pockets and two stash pockets. The daypack comes with a rain cover and is hydration system compatible. The Berghaus Freeflow 30 is best for those who put comfort and fit over weight – as it in spite of its 1600g is an extremely comfy daypack.

 

Pros:

  • Freeflow backpanel system
  • Biofit system
  • Padding
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Heavy

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