While some hiking backpacks cram as many functions into as few liters as possible, others opt for the opposite tack: achieve utility through minimalism. That’s precisely what Patagonia strove for with its Nine Trails pack, and the company — as usual — hit the mark.
Instead of multiple compartments and various access points, the Nine Trails backpack has one spacious main compartment that’s accessed through a large U-shaped zipper. On the exterior are multiple stretchy sleeve-style pockets for storing items that need to be accessed routinely on the trail, like extra layers, water bottles and snacks. That’s essentially it, and the backpack is a success because of that simplicity (it’s one of our favorite daypacks for hiking). The bag isn’t without a couple of extras though — there are small zippered stash pockets inside, on the top and on the hipbelt, and a hydration sleeve with a port for the hose.
Patagonia’s Nine Trails is still new, but as long as you don’t mind one of last season’s colors — Forge Grey — you can find the bag on sale for nearly $60 off at Huckberry in the Goldilocks-approved 28-liter capacity.
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