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Day Pack

Postby NelsonTrading » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:15 am

Going to do Mt. of the Holy Cross this weekend. I need a new day pack. I'm heading over to REI this week. Any recommendations?
I have the Osprey Aether 70 that I use for camping, but since we are doing a day hike I need something bigger than the camelback I currently have been using.


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Re: Day Pack

Postby winmag4582001 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:23 am

I use a MHW Fluid 26 for 90% of my dayhikes.
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Re: Day Pack

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:24 am

What kind of Camelbak have you been using? I use the Alpine Explorer model and fricken love it!

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Re: Day Pack

Postby JChitwood » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:58 am

I purchased an Osprey Atmos 24 this spring and could not be happier with it. Perfect size for summer climbs and it comes in three bigger sizes if you want more room. Love the air suspension system, no wet sweaty back 15 minutes into a hike. Lots of pockets for little stuff. Highly recommended.
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Re: Day Pack

Postby GregMiller » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:17 am

I got an Osprey Kode 30 for winter stuff, and it's ended up being my go-to pack for summer climbing as well. It does tend to give me a sweaty back, though, so you might look more towards the Atmos. I have a friend who's been using an Atmos, and he loves it.
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Re: Day Pack

Postby hberry » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:25 am

I use the Osprey 22 for my summit pack. Supposedly designed for mountain biking, but it works great for everything I carry hiking and I probably carry a bit more than most (at least more than the moms with KEDs and a water bottle from Safeway).

Back doesn't get too sweaty. Holds a big bladder in the back.

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Re: Day Pack

Postby SurfNTurf » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:38 am

Osprey Talon 22 or Osprey Stratos 24. I went with the Stratos for its ice ax attachment and integrated rain cover, but for purely summer use I often wish I had the Talon. Then again, a little extra weight on summer day trips is hardly noticeable and the Stratos is more versatile.

For summit days or shorter day-hikes the REI Flash 18 has worked great, can't beat it for the price.
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Re: Day Pack

Postby Mooney Pilot » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:41 am

I'm not sure what size you are looking for, but since you're going to REI, check out their Flash 18. It costs around $30.00 and is very light.

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Re: Day Pack

Postby Bullwinkle » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:31 am

I use an REI 30 with ventilated back for summer hikes. Good value for money and a good size for a variety of trip lengths.

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Re: Day Pack

Postby Liquid Shadow » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:52 am

I'm a sucker for Black Diamond backpacks and I use the Black Diamond Burn (27L) for day-long 14ers.

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Re: Day Pack

Postby tommelch » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:10 pm

Osprey Talon 33. Super light, comfortable, and has straps for poles, ice axe, etc. Hydration bladder and hip pockets.
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Re: Day Pack

Postby Cruiser » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:14 pm

Love my Osprey Stratos 18 for quick out-and-back summer hiking. It's small for sure but it holds my rain gear, gloves, hat, trekking poles, a 100oz reservoir, and a few other small essentials without any difficulty.
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