Whether you’re in the bush or heading to the tops, a good daypack will fit every adventure.
Offering up to 35-litres, daypacks will be zip or cinch-cord opening. External bungy cords or a stretch front pouch allows quick access to jackets and oversize gear.
Padded closed cell foam is common. 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 can be positioned, via a slider, and 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 a strong tear- and abrasion-resistant high 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.
Most daypacks provide special attachment points for tools – walking poles and ice axes in particular.
Access could be via zips or top loading via a hood with drawcord closure. Zips allow quick and easy access – opening the pack up nice and wide. Top loaders are generally more weather-resistant.
Now you know what to look for, it’s time to choose a daypack.