From mountain biking daypacks to stylish travel kits, our picks for the best daypacks will make the outdoors a fun adventure.
It’s no secret that we love gear. We spend the whole day testing it, Write about it and think about it. And there’s one thing we can all agree on: Any piece of gear that helps you out is a piece of gear worth having.
A good daypack falls into the category of essential equipment. Whether you need a cycling hydration pack, a lightweight carry-on bag, or an American made travel bag, we’ve got you covered.
Best day packages for hiking, biking and travel
Finding the right day’s package depends on a variety of factors, including the intended use. So, before you look for the best daypack, take a moment to think about how to use it.
Counting ounces and looking for the lightest daypack? Or maybe you want to travel in style. Or maybe you need a versatile package and do it all. Whatever the case, keep this pack photo in mind as you read on to find the best daypack for your adventures.
Gregory Endo 10L Mountain Biking Backpack ($120)
It features an adjustable hanging back panel so you can connect comfortably depending on what you’re wearing and packing. And I love that it has a magnetic valve and a ventilated suspension on your back for added comfort. An ultra-versatile and comfortable package for hiking or all-day riding.
Zach Burton, Director of Sales
Matador Best 28L ($90)
– Brian Frank, web developer
Cotopaxi Inca 16L ($100)
– Jason Magnes, Contributor
Millikan Smith Roll 25 Liter Pack ($195)
I used it during an 11 day road trip through Iceland, and it never let me down. It’s worth noting that the smart and elegant price tag comes with it. At $195, the Millican is about as pricey as daypacks go. But if style, versatility and smart design are important to you, it’s a good investment.
– Jake Ferguson, Ventures and Marketing
BlaqPaks BlaqPak ($250)
The BlaqPak is utilitarian and has no frills – it’s water-resistant, with a stretchy inner fabric and a rolled Velcro closure. This is a large container: It measures about 17 inches long (a size L), 13.5 inches wide and 7 inches deep. Front zip pocket for storing small items. On the back panel, a horizontal zipper provides a flat storage space for your laptop or magazines and books.
Overall, I am happy with this pack and use it daily. However, its lack of small organizational pouches and pockets is sometimes a problem. Things like a pen or padlock can easily get lost in the large, open pockets. It carries comfortably enough, although it is basically a large frameless backpack. Buy this pack if you want large capacity and minimalist design. They’ll last for years and carry plentiful goods—two bags of groceries or enough gear to spend a weekend away—in a black bag stashed away on your back unnoticed.
– Stephen Reginold, founder of
Nine Day Runs by Patagonia for Women ($129)
Throw a jacket into the large, stretchy outer pocket, fill the side pockets with snacks, and you’re ready to hit the road. I got stuck in a few showers and I’m happy to report that everything stayed dry. I can even mount my laptop on it, which is great for commuting by bike or traveling. And there is nothing better than multi-purpose gear.
– Mallory Page, Gear Editor
Osprey Stratos 24 Pack ($130)
– Sean McCoy, Editor-in-Chief
Hyperlite Summit Package ($190)
Because it’s made of Dyneema composite fabrics, it’s not only durable, but it’s also light—13.12 ounces—and water-resistant. This package recently became my first choice for cycling to the grocery store when the weather seems inappropriate. Even if you don’t consider yourself very adventurous, I recommend this pack. It’s simple, lightweight and impressively challenging.
– Chelsea Magnus, Contributor
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