The day hike is the simplest of outdoor pursuits — all one really needs to head out for a day in the woods and hills is a pair of sturdy shoes and a mindset for walking. The truly-prepared will bring more though: extra layers, a headlamp, water and a sure-to-be-squashed PB&J, for instance. The extended packing list makes a day pack essential. Day hike backpacks come in all shapes and sizes, and what you need will depend largely on the type of walking — and carrying — that you plan to do. For some, a minimal sack-like bag with a drawstring closure will do. Others will require more organizational features or the support of a sturdy hipbelt.
All of these types of daypacks can currently be found for a bargain at Mountain Steals, and if you decide to upgrade your hiking bag within the next few days, you can use the code MAY20 at checkout for an additional 20 percent off. Below, you’ll find seven of our favorites.
Top Load 35L Daypack by Alchemy Equipment
Scrambler 30 OutDry Backpack by Mountain Hardwear
Classic Rolltop Pack by Poler
Cierzo 18 Backpack by Arc’teryx
Coulee 25 Pack by Mystery Ranch
Lightweight Black Hole Cinch 20L Pack by Patagonia
Mountain Pack by Topo Designs
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