Here is my selection of the best day packs 2018 which I would consider carry if I were to buy a new one.

A day pack is a great choice if you plan to do a shorter trip while carrying some gear with you e.g. climbing, hiking or on a normal day in the city.

A day pack weights much less than a regular backpack and you will be able to enjoy your day outside much more if you have to carry less with you.

I have included a broad range of day packs. Some are more durable or offer more features while also weight a bit more while other day packs are more light and minimalistic.

Best Day Packs 2018

Weight comparison table

Marmot Kompressor Plus

Marmot Kompressor Plus

Weight: 370g

The Marmot Kompressor offers a breathable air mesh back panel and air mesh shoulder straps.

There are also side bottle pockets on the backpack and a hydration port. It’s also possible to attach trekking poles. Moreover, the backpack is also compressible.


Patagonia Ascensionist 25L

Patagonia Ascensionist 25L

Weight: 425g

The Patagonia Ascensionist 25L might be an interested day pack for climbers.

It comes with a lightweight abrasion-resistant nylon ripstop and adjustable ice axe loops.

Further, there are also daisy chains to attach additional gear to the backpack.


Salomon S-LAB X ALP 20

Salomon S-LAB X ALP 20

Weight: 600g

The Salomon S-LAB X ALP 20 has been designed for light and fast adventures in the high mountains.

It enables freedom of movement and includes a protective extrem gear box for crampons, a ski-carrying system and 2 ice axe loops.

There is also a front flask storage on the backpack.


Gregory MAYA 22

Gregory MAYA 22

Weight: 770g

The Gregory Maya 22 comes with a BioSync Suspension that flexes and moves with your body. It also comes with an expanding front pocket to fit bulky items in it.


Osprey Packs Talon 22

Osprey Talon 22

Weight: 810g

This Osprey Talon 22 comes with a mesh covered back panel, single ice ace loop and trekking pole attachment, a bike helmet attachment and an emergency whistle. There is also room for additional gear in the front pocket, side pockets and an external hydration access.


Deuter Pace 36

Deuter Pace 36

Weight: 920g

The Deuter Pace 36 had been designed for fast and light alpine tours and multi-day activities. The backpack won the ISPO Gold Award in 2014/15.


Thule Stir 35L

Thule Stir 35L

Weight: 997g

The Thule Stir 35L comes with multiple easy access pockets and a rain cover. Moreover it comes with a removable hip belt and there is also a pocket to attach your phone on the shoulder strap.

The front pocket let’s you also store and access gear quickly. Then there is also the possibility to attach hiking poles and ice axes on the Thule Stir.


Arc’teryx ARRO 22

Arc'teryx ARRO 22

Weight: 1100g

The Arc’teryx ARRO 22 comes with WaterTight® zipper, a hydration pocket, a Kangaroo pocket and two external pockets.

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