Ratings Overview - Day Pack

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Osprey Talon 22
Osprey Talon 22
The Osprey Talon 22 continues as the top scoring pack in our tests. This award-winner was upgraded in 2017 and is now even lighter and more comfortable. After buying and testing the latest version...  read more >
$110

Editors' Choice Award
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77
Comfort - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Versatility - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 7 of 10
7
The North Face Litus 22
With just a few points separating it from the top of the heap, The North Face Litus 22 gives the Editors' Choice in this category a run for the money. It is only in comfort and in ease of use that...  read more >
$100

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73
Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Versatility - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 7 of 10
7
Marmot Kompressor 18
This pack is unlike any other we have tested. As a day pack that is purposely augmented to serve as a sleeping bag stuff sack (or stuff sack for other clothing or equipment), it can strike that holy...  read more >
$50

Top Pick Award
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68
Comfort - 2 of 10
2
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Versatility - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 3 of 10
3
REI Co-op Flash 22
We like it when an award winner is clear. Early in our testing, we noticed the performance to cost ratio of the Flash 22. The further along our rigorous examination went, the more significant this...  read more >
$55

Best Buy Award
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68
Comfort - 4 of 10
4
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Durability - 4 of 10
4
Arc'teryx Brize 25
The Arc'teryx Brize 25 is a solid little pack. It is simple, clean, and carefully thought out. With a narrow profile and limited extra pockets, it rewards the careful packer. The molded foam back...  read more >
$159

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Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 3 of 10
3
Versatility - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 8 of 10
8
Osprey Daylite Plus
Every once in a while we get confused when trying to categorize a product. With the Osprey Daylite Plus, we were confused this way. In a good way. It is almost simultaneously a great hiker's pack...  read more >
$65

Top Pick Award
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66
Comfort - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Versatility - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 6 of 10
6
Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
The Scrambler 30 from Mountain Hardwear is a classic rucksack with some modern upgrades. Notably, the waterproof main bag is better in wet applications than any other pack we tested. For its...  read more >
$130

Top Pick Award
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66
Comfort - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Versatility - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Durability - 7 of 10
7
Deuter Speed Lite 20
The Deuter Speed Lite 20 presents a balance between low weight and simplicity, with just the right features and comfort. We especially liked using it as an airline "personal item" and for long day...  read more >
$89

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Comfort - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Versatility - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 6 of 10
6
REI Co-op Flash 18
If you're looking for a lightweight pack that can accompany you on just about any mission you can dream up, AND you're on a budget, then look no further. For just under $40, the REI Co-op Flash 18...  read more >
$40

Best Buy Award
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62
Comfort - 4 of 10
4
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Versatility - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 5 of 10
5
Durability - 4 of 10
4
The Daylite in Magma Orange
Osprey Daylite
The popular Osprey Daylite carries your essentials for short hikes and urban outings. Our experts trekked through tropical Haitian mountains with this model where the breathable mesh back panel and...  read more >
$50

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Comfort - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Versatility - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Durability - 7 of 10
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CamelBak Rim Runner 22
In overall scoring, a few products edge out the CamelBak, but not by much. Our scoring rubric shows wide variation in overall performance, but the fact of the matter is that all the top packs we...  read more >
$100

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Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 3 of 10
3
Versatility - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Gregory Zulu 30
Overall, the Zulu is solid but not flashy. It scores well in most categories. For a dedicated day hiker, the features are carefully tailored and the very well ventilated back panel will be very much...  read more >
$140

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Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 1 of 10
1
Versatility - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Durability - 6 of 10
6
Granite Gear Virga 26
Granite Gear Virga 26
The Granite Gear Virga 26 will hike any distance on your next day hike. The simple design and large size let you carry the essentials while you trek the Highline Trail in Glacier, do a rim-to-rim in...  read more >
$120

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Comfort - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Versatility - 4 of 10
4
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Durability - 6 of 10
6
Fjallraven Kanken Classic 16L
The Fjallraven Kanken Classic is an outlier product that holds its own. It earns its place in our review for functional reasons and as a cautionary tale. It certainly can suffice as a daypack. It...  read more >
$80

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Comfort - 2 of 10
2
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Versatility - 2 of 10
2
Ease of Use - 10 of 10
10
Durability - 9 of 10
9
Camelbak Fourteener 24
Daypacks come in two major categories. There are those that are fully optimized for day hiking, and there are those that are a little more versatile. The CamelBak Fourteener 24 is in the former...  read more >
$150

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Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 1 of 10
1
Versatility - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Durability - 6 of 10
6
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Total 15 products tested