Need to find a new daypack!

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  1. sgtdave4321

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    Hi I am hoping to get some good recommendations for a new daypack. I am looking for a smaller sized daypack between 18 and 25 l in size. I would like one with a water bottle pouch on each side. I want to try and keep the pack under $100. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    Ll bean continenral rucksack. An excellent buy. Is it the last thing you'll have to buy probably not but it will do for a long time.
     
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    I don't want to sound churlish but there are several threads about this, some very recently.

    I would take the time to browse some of them as the information is already there and it will save you some time, and back and forth...
     
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    There's probably more threads and information in the Packs and Bags subforum.

    Personally I'd take a look at the Osprey DayLite pack. My son has one and it's a great day pack. Only thing missing for my needs is lashing points for trekking pole(s). I use a Marmot Ultra Kompressor which is a good bag, but I carry about the durability of some of the mesh covered padding.
     
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    thanks!
     
  6. Swampdog

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    Take a look at the Mountainsmith Clear Creek 18 L day pack, Amazon has them under $90; there are a few YouTube videos about them to get good information about it.
     
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    My small camelbaks with the air flow backs have spoiled me. I suppose it wouldn't matter if I was somewhere other than the SE.

    They hold enough for my various dayhiking needs. My largest is the "alpine explorer" which is not made anymore. The D ring shoulder straps make them fit comfortably.

    I have other packs I use as an emergency pack, or BOB but they aren't comfortable enough for an actual dayhikes.
     
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    I have three Day Packs, and they all work well for their intended purposes. My Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon has the best organization/access features, my Mystery Ranch Street Fighter has the best harness/suspension system, and my Badlands Pursuit shares many of the features common to both packs.

    The Badlands pack was just introduced in a solid, non-camo color option and mine was delivered today. I've used a camo version for a year or two now and I'm totally satisfied with it as a hunting pack so this solid color offering will get some good use outside of my hunting activities.

    The only real shortcoming in the design is the bottle pockets. They're a bit too shallow for taller bottles.

    http://www.badlandspacks.com/gear/packs/pursuit-camo-day-pack



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    Osprey Stratos 24
     
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    I was on a similar search recently and wound up with the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault. It doesn't have bottle holders externally but the y-zip allows you to zip down and get at the stuff in the bottom of your pack. It's 22 liters and seems like 25+ its so roomy. Build quality is outstanding. I love it and want another or the Front. I paid $103 shipped.

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    The MR Front pack is essentially the same except it has a daisy chain down the front, a little molle on each side at the top and two bottle holders. It goes for about $140-190.
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    Mystery Ranch Scree. $140
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    Heres the Scree above for $99 shipped in two colors.
    https://www.mountainsteals.com/stea...MIoOvg6P7Z2wIViobACh0sdwwxEAQYASABEgIBaPD_BwE
     
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    I just recently got rid (put in my work's storage unit) of my ol' ALICE pack with frame and shelf to make room for a more fun MTC 50L frameless pack, which is quite nice after loading it up with enough gear to be comfortable for any amount of distance and 3-season weather conditions.

    P.S. The pack "compresses" down to about 25L when desired.
     
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    I have a Gossamer Gear Minimalist 24 Daypack that I am pleased with. It is very light weight yet durable. I like the elastic mesh side and back pockets. It is a good value at $59. They are currently offering 20% off of packs.
     
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    I ended up pulling the trigger on a Mystery Ranch Scree as well. A lot of good reviews, seems like I could overpack it and abuse the heck out of it and it'll still last. Looking forward to having a well built daypack instead of the drawstring bag I've been using for years.
     
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    Tell us how you like it. The shoulder padding on mine is so far above a cheaper pack.
     
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    Well finally got the chance to get out and do a quick 5 mile hike with the pack to at least initially test it. First impressions overall: Its an extremely well built pack. This will become my go to winter 1-3 day pack. Its got a great yoke system to fit the pack and evenly carry the load of the pack. It looks incredibly durable and I really like the 3 zipper system. Only knock on it is that it doesnt breathe well on the back but that was to be expected because the padding on the back and the straps is really thick and comfortable.

    I'll put it through its paces some more and try to write up a longer more in-depth review when I get the chance.
     
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    I really like the Y-zipper on the Mystery Ranch packs.

    I picked up a Mystery Ranch Coulee 40L a few months ago and find it's a great daypack for some extra gear for glassing or shooting.

    MR also makes a 25L version of the Coulee. Might be worth a look.
     
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    I use and love the Badlands Super Day Pack for hunting. It's comfortable, quite, and tough! It goes for around $200 though, so not in your range. However... the Badlands Pursuit Day Pack is for sale at Cabelas right now for $100 ;) You can't go wrong with these packs, seriously. Triple stitched with Kevlar and a great warranty.
     
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    If you are on a budget like me, perhaps the surplus MOLLE Assault Pack? The pack carries approximately 30L of space. Mine is in desert camo that I was lucky to get Iraqi sand included at no extra charge
     
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    My osprey talon 22 is the perfect day pack for me. It's accompanied me on day hikes, amusement park adventures, carried routinely for edc, and doubled as a diaper bag. It's way tougher than it looks. I like ospreys warrenty. Perfect size. I like that its not tactical looking. I also have an osprey escapist 25 that is pretty fantastic also.
     
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    I may he about 2 1/2 months late but I’ve been loving the Helikon Tex Bushcraft Satchel. It’s around $59 on amazon in multiple colors. Lightweight, zipper opening, bottle holder spots on both sides (on the interior), and very roomy. It has great reviews. I’ve been carrying mine everyday for almost a month now as an EDC bag on duty and off duty.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide on.
     
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    I am firmly in the Mystery Ranch camp. I have a long torso and the harness on most of their packs adjust to fit me. Build quality is outstanding, and the padding in the shoulder straps is dense high quality foam. I have the Coulee 25L and just ordered an urban assault and streetfighter pack for a GHB and a day pack.
     
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    Another vote for the LL Bean Continental. For under $70 (with the labor day sale) you'd be hard pressed to find a better value on a great bag. It holds a ton of stuff and with the money you save you can buy more stuff!
     
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    I’ve been liking my mountainsmith day lumbar pack with strapettes. It’s only 13 liter capacity but it plenty of room for day hiking essentials and it’s cooler than a backpack in the summer.
    It really needs the strapettes when it’s full.
    If I was getting a new one I’d probably get the tour or drift models that are even smaller but I’d keep the strapettes.
    It not as much gear as a daypack can hold but the feeling like your not wearing a backpack when hiking is awesome.
     
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    Someone here, and apologizes to the fellow for forgetting his name, posted pics of a Day with a Hill People Gear harness in place of his Strappettes. In looks like a worthwhile upgrade, been mulling over adding the HPG harness to mine, too.
     
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    You'll love the UA, use mine almost every day.
     
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    This is my go to for day hikes, comes with bladder and 2 pouches 5987AE8D-1019-4A63-913D-B5D26A4D62EF.png

    Probably under the liters you noted though
     
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    Might as well get a tarahumara pack if you get there yoke. Just my thought.
     
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    Eddie Bauer is doing a 1/2 price sale this weekend -- we picked up one of their Bygone 25L packs for SWMBO yesterday for $40.
    open main space w/bladder pocket, small front pocket, zippered pocket built into the lid, and snap closed side pockets that are too skinny for a standard nalgene but will carry bottled water size containers
     
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