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2017’s best day packs

Need something small and light for short bush or alpine walks. Look no further.

Offering up to 35-litres, daypacks will be zip or cinch-cord opening. External bungy cords or a stretch front pouch allow quick access to jackets and oversize gear.

Shoulder straps
Padded shoulder straps are contoured to eliminate excess weight and prevent chafing around the neck and armpits. Sternum straps prevent the straps from sliding down the arms. They often come with a built-in emergency whistle.

Airflow between the pack and back is provided by mesh suspension systems or foam with channels cut into it.

Packs up to 20-litres often have a webbing belt to assist with stability. Larger capacity packs may have a padded belt, but it is likely to be minimal and consist of perforated foam to keep weight down.

Fabric and water resistance
It’s common to see different weight fabrics used with high wear areas using higher denier nylons. Look for fabrics between 200D and 450D in these areas. Some brands prefer to use canvas – a durable and weather-resistant material.

Side compression straps are standard and help keep the load stable – especially when the pack is only partially full. The straps can also secure walking poles and drink bottles.

Tool attachment
Most daypacks provide special attachment points for tools – walking poles and ice axes in particular.

Now you know what to look for, it’s time to choose a pack…

Lowe Alpine Aeon 35 $299.95
Top and side opening, large stretch front and hipbelt pockets, side compression straps, walking pole and tool attachment points. Fabric Trishield 100D, 210D Taslan Dobby Capacity 35-litre Weight 1000g.
Fjällräven Bergen 30 $224.95
Roll-down opening, removable waterproof inner bag, mesh back panel, hipbelt, chest strap, stretch side and front pockets, hiking pole attachments. Fabric 100D ripstop polyamide, 500D polyamide Capacity 30-litre Weight 1220g.
EPE Ariel $79.99
Zipped main compartment and front pocket, mesh side water bottle pockets, hydration compatible, webbing top-carry handle, hipbelt, five year warranty. Fabric 420D Ripstop nylon Capacity 28-litre Weight 500g.
EPE Corvus $99
Airframe back system, mesh side water bottle pockets, internal hydration sleeve, tie down points for walking poles and jackets, large front pocket, top carry handle, hipbelt, sternum strap, rain cover, five year warranty. Fabric Polytech 600 Plus Ripstop with reinforced base Capacity 25-litre Weight 1100g.