The 7 Best Daypacks for Hiking

Our Top Picks

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The best hiking daypacks in the world: a well-curated collection of packs that are perfect for sunrise to sunset pursuits in the great outdoors.

Whether you’re scrambling to reach a summit or just going for a walk in the hills, these top-rated daypacks were selected for their versatility, comfort, and ability to enhance your adventures. 

Our Choice

Best Overall Pack

Defined by functional versatility for outdoor pursuits, the Coulee is a load hauler that comes with a micro-adjustable harness and a removable (padded) waist belt. Long story short, it’s an amazing, unrivaled pack. 

Hands-down, the Coulee is a top performer that scores exceptionally high in comfort, adaptability, and over-the-top durability. 

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Best Ultralight Pack

For true minimalists, the Daybreak is the most well-thought-out UL daypack on the market. It’s both versatile and durable enough to move seamlessly between the concrete jungle and the great outdoors. 

The Daybreak is also considerably more comfortable than most UL daypacks, thanks to its adequately padded shoulder straps. 

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Best Alpine Pack

On vertical ascents and volatile alpine routes, you need a pack that’s efficiently streamlined, weatherproof, and extremely tough – everything that the Alpha FL embodies and puts into practice.

Even with its climbing-focused and minimalistic design, the Alpha FL is a great pack for ultralight hiking in rough terrain.

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Best Fast & Light

Incorporating knowledge from both running vests and alpine climbing packs, Black DIamond knocked it out of the park with the Distance 15. It’s an ultralight, yet tough daypack that’s built for variable terrain.

Whether you’re going trail running, peak bagging, or day hiking, the Distance 15 has you covered – it’s incredibly versatile. 

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Best Crossover

The Brize’s clean yet functional design, offers streamlined performance for a wide variety of adventures. And thanks to its exceptional carry comfort and timeless aesthetic, it transitions easily from trail to city use.  

When it comes to a balance between price, function, and reliable performance, no pack on the market comes close to the Brize. 

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Best Packable Pack

Matador is the 800 lb gorilla of packable daypacks and their best-selling ultralight model is the Freerain24, which features a waterproof rolltop design – making this pack suitable for all-weather trips. 

The Freerain24 is the best of its kind and packs down small enough to fit in your hand – making it perfect for peaking bagging.  

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Best of the Rest

The Scree pack is a workhorse with many different functions: day hiking, semi-UL overnights, rucking, ski touring, etc. It’s an extremely versatile pack that’s capable of hauling up to 15 kg in relative comfort.  

Just like the Coulee, it features a micro-adjustable harness, a removable (padded) waist belt, and is exceptionally durable. 

Daypacks

Pack Breakdown

Daypack Main Fabric Gender Vol. Max Load Weight Frame Hip Belt? Load Style
Coulee 330D Robic M & W 25L 18.2 kg 1315 g HDPE Padding / Detachable 3-Zip
Daybreak DCH150 Unisex 17L 11.4 kg 577 g Foam Pad Padding / Tuckable Clamshell
Alpha FL 400D Nylon Unisex 30L 11.4 kg 624 g Foam Pad Webbing / Detachable Top
Distance 100D Nylon Unisex 15L 11.4 kg 394 g Foam Pad None Top
Brize 420D HT Nylon Unisex 24L 11.4 kg 907 g HDPE Webbing / Detachable Top
FreeRain24 30D Cordura Unisex 24L 9.1 kg 187 g Frameless None Top
Scree 210D Robic M & W 32L 18.2 kg 1270 g HDPE Padded Detachable 3-Zip

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