A good day pack is one of the most valuable parts of your outdoor gear, as it needs to fit comfortably, carry all the items you’ll need for your adventure, and be able to withstand the weather conditions and rugged terrain that the outdoors can present. There are a ton of different styles to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites that you can pick up at SunnySports.
This pack from Mountain Hardware is a great day pack for those that like to cover a lot of ground, with ample space in its various pockets for whatever you need to take along. The zippered main compartment is roomy, and has mesh organizer pockets and a smaller zippered pocket for extra secure storage of small stuff, and right behind that is a hydration reservoir with dual ports that can also work as a storage space for an iPad or other comparable gadget. Two zippered pockets on the hip belt are perfect for storing keys, cash, cell phones, and other important items you want to keep handy, and an external compression pocket features stretchy mesh panels for storing items like a bicycle helmet or other oddly shaped gear. Elastic loops on the outside are perfect for securing trekking poles or an ice axe, and the padded back panel, shoulder straps, and hip straps are all covered in a ventilating mesh for the ultimate in comfort. The Fluid 26 is excellent for bicycle commuters or ardent hikers, since everything you need is secure but within easy reach. Available in blue, red, or black.
For those who like to keep it simple, look no further than the Mockingbird day pack from Kelty. Modeled after the vintage rucksack style, this pack is constructed from heavy-duty Cordura, with real leather accents that mimic the rucksacks of the past era. It features two removable side pockets, perfect for storing those items you want to be accessible, but ditchable if you want a lighter load.The top-loading main compartment has an internal storage compartment to organize smaller items, and the top pocket cinches down with compression straps to keep your pack in a tight bundle. It also has a loop to carry an ice axe or other gear, and the shoulder straps are fully padded for comfort. If bells and whistles don’t excite you, get back to basics with this simple but sturdy pack. Available in black, tan, or olive.
The ultimate in lightweight day packs, the Convert lumbar pack from The North Face is two packs in one. Fully compressed, it looks like your average waist pack, but the secret to this transformer is that the lid of the lumbar pocket actually expands to become a full 20-liter backpack with shoulder straps. Perfect for those days when you wore too many layers and need to stash them somewhere, or when you need to grab a few things from the store on your way home from a walk or bike ride. All the straps are completely stowable within the pack, making this a great compact solution for all kinds of activities.