What’s one of the best things about spring? Getting outside again after too many months of freezing weather! One of the most satisfying outdoor activities in the springtime is hiking – it’s great exercise, gives you time for yourself and your thoughts if you hike alone or time with friends or family if you prefer to hike with others, it’s an opportunity to learn about unique flora and fauna, and it’s a great way to get out of the city and explore the area around you.
To make the most of your hike, you’ll want to bring along all the right gear. And to carry it all, you’ll need a good pack. Here’s our list of 5 daypacks perfect for spring hiking – whether you need a waterproof pack or something to attach your climbing gear to, we’ve got you covered!
The Osprey Tempest 20 is designed specifically for women, meaning it caters to a shorter torso length and wider hips than unisex or men’s packs typically do, and the shoulder and hip straps are attached to the bag with their BioStretch™ material meaning there’s some give that allows the pack to move more closely with you. The AirScape™ back panel means you’ll stay cool and comfortable with back ventilation, and as it’s panel (front) loading, packing is made easy. The 20L capacity means you’ll have space for all the day’s essentials but it’s small enough for a variety of activities including hiking, climbing, biking and stuff. It also has a hydration compartment so it’s reservoir compatible so you don’t have to worry about a water bottle.
The Deuter Speed Lite 20 is a simple, no frills pack that still covers all the bases. It’s incredibly lightweight and just over 1 lb, but still structured enough to be comfortable, and highly durable, made from tough Hexlite 210 ripstop nylon with a reinforced, second fabric layer bottom. Though a 20L capacity is typically enough for just the basics, the Deuter Speed Lite 20 features a whole slew of outside carry options: four exterior pockets and super versatile and effective compression straps, which will allow you to attach a variety of items to your pack while maintaining a comfortable carry. This Deuter pack also had a hydration compartment that can carry bladders up to 3L.
The Mountaintop 40L Lightweight Daypack is our most affordable option, but is still packed with features. It’s made of durable ripstop nylon and features a variety of compartments, zips, straps and ties. It’s got two bottle pouches (one on either side) but also has a hydration pouch, so you’re covered whatever your preference is. The single size does mean you’ll have to do some measuring to know if it’ll be a good fit (this is especially important if you’re looking for a pack for long hikes or to carry significant weight, but you can be more forgiving if the pack will be used for shorter treks and lighter gear). Available in four colors, you’ll find one to suit your taste, and it’s hard to go wrong with the price point.
The Patagonia Ascensionist 25L Daypack is incredibly versatile, but designed especially for climbers. It’s got an ergonomic shoulder harness and a removable waist belt, as well as top access and a drawstring closure. Made of nylon double-ripstop, it’s super durable and will hold up to any rubbing against branches and rocks. Sleek and simple, you won’t be held back by bulk. The Ascensionist 25L is available in a few awesome colorways and comes with a limited lifetime guarantee!
The Arc’teryx Cierzo 18 Daypack is our final suggestion and for women who are looking for a simple option for short day-hikes and minimal gear. Because of its ultra light weight, the padding is not as thick and the frame as sturdy, so it’s not ideal for extensive trips but is perfect for short adventures. It’s hydration pack compatible which is really useful as it lacks exterior bottle pockets, and the SwiftCord compression straps will enable you to tack extra gear to the pack. With a lifetime guarantee, it’s available in three different colors.