Are you going for a relaxing hike in the woods? If so, there are likely going to be a few different essentials that you will want to bring with you.
Carrying them all is impractical, so you want a good hiking daypack that you can use to carry around your gear. But, how do you go about picking out a high-quality daypack, especially if you are new to hiking?
In this article, you will see reviews of the best hiking daypacks. We are going to include both pros and cons. If you want to know what the best option is, it’s the Outlander Packable Handy Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Hiking Daypacks 2019
Best Hiking Daypacks:
ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Water Resistant Hiking Daypack
For our first daypack on this best hiking daypacks list, we are reviewing the ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Water Resistant Hiking Daypack. This is a very high-quality daypack that is affordable, and tough enough to be used for hiking, while also being light enough and comfortable enough to be used for day-to-day use.
For starters, let’s talk about the low price of this backpack. This an extremely affordable backpack. But what makes the daypack even more impressive is the quality you get for such a low price. Getting a good daypack like the ZOMAKE for under $20 is a steal.
Despite being cheap, the material sued to make the daypack is anything but. The exterior of this backpack is made from pretty tough Nylon. This not only makes it a good option for urban areas, but also for hiking, where there are plenty of things that can tear or rip a daypack wide open.
The only complaint that we have with this particular daypack is that it could afford to be a lot more resistant to water. Despite being very physically tough, the material isn’t going to do much to protect your valuables from water damage. Keep this in mind when planning your hike.
Next up, let’s discuss this daypack’s capacity. When looking for the best hiking daypacks, you want one that has a good amount of capacity without becoming unmanageable. This is another area where the ZOMAKE does quite well, as it achieves a nice balance when it comes to storage space.
The main storage area can fit around 20 liters of material (this isn’t counting side pockets). This is enough to carry a good amount of gear or other stuff, while at the same time keeping the daypack manageable.
Finally, one very cool and unique feature of this daypack is that when you are done with it, you can easily fold it up and store it in a small pouch. This is good if you don’t want to have to lug around an empty backpack all day or if you want to store the backpack in a closet without worrying about it getting damaged.
Made from durable nylon material.
20 liters of main storage.
Easy to carry.
Can be packed into a pouch for storage.
Comes in a variety of different colors.
Doesn’t protect well against water damage.
Outlander Ultra Lightweight Packable Water Resistant Travel Hiking Backpack
For the next review on this best hiking daypacks list, we want to look at another product that is very similar to the previous entry on our list. Much like the ZOMAKE, the Outland is very affordable, strong, easy to wear, and very easy to store.
Much like the previous daypack on this review list, the Outlander is extremely affordable. While everyone has their own budget, we can pretty confidently say that this daypack will almost certainly fall within your budget.
Because this is a best hiking daypacks list, this particular daypack has a lot more going for it than just its low cost. It is also very well-crafted. The exterior is made of tough material that is resistant to both water and to physical damage.
So, this is a great option for both hiking and for just using it in your day-to-day life. It is also a good option for use in the rain thanks to the water-resistant material, so don’t be afraid to use this when the weather forecast is calling for showers.
When it comes to storage capacity, you have a few choices. The daypack comes in three different sizes, with the smallest offering 20 liters of storage and the biggest offering 33 liters of storage. You don’t have a ton of choices, but then again, having even a bit of choice is nice as many other daypacks don’t have different size options. Generally speaking, 20 liters should be enough for most people, but if you want more, you have other options.
Finally, this daypack is also easy to wear and easy to store. It is easy to wear because the shoulder straps are well-padded and also very breathable because of a mesh coating. It is easy to store because like the last entry on our best hiking daypacks list, the Outlander can also be folded and stored in a little carrying case.
Strong exterior material.
Multiple size options.
Well-padded shoulder straps.
Lots of color options.
Good amount of storage space.
Can be folded and put in storage bag
Can tear easily if you overload it.
Continuing with our trend of affordable, but yet high-quality daypacks, we want to take a look at the HIKPRO 20L. This is another one of those really well-made daypacks that you can for an extremely affordable price, but that is still very well-made and definitely deserving of a position on our best hiking daypacks review list.
Let’s start by discussing the construction of this daypack. The exterior, like with a lot of other high-quality daypacks, is made from very good nylon material. The nylon does well at protecting the bag from tearing and ripping, while at the same time keeping everything inside the daypack very secure.
In terms of water-resistance, this daypack is sadly a mixed bag. It does provide some level of protection against water, so you can use this if there is light rain expected. However, it isn’t going to provide total water-protection, so if heavy rain is expected, be careful with this daypack because your stuff will get wet.
In terms of storage space, this daypack (as you can probably guess from the name) offers 20 liters of storage space. This isn’t bad by any means, and while there are daypacks with more space, this one is still good enough for most people. Plus, the daypack is divided very sensibly, with a main storage space for your biggest and most important items, and then two smaller areas for less important items.
While this daypack is fairly comfortable, it could have used a bit more padding on the shoulder straps as the pack does get a bit uncomfortable when the pack is near full capacity.
Good nylon exterior.
Different colors to pick from.
Good amount of storage space.
Internal pockets for better organizing the pack.
Straps could have a bit more padding.
Only effective against light rain.
Outlander Packable Handy Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack
If you have been reading our entire best hiking daypacks list, then the name outland will stand out to you because we have featured a daypack from Outland elsewhere on this review list. The reason there are two daypacks from this one company on this list is that this particular daypack is different enough from the previous entry to warrant a separate review.
One of the main things that set this Outland daypack apart from many others on the best hiking daypacks list is that rather than being equally good for both hiking and day-to-day use, it is far more geared towards outdoorsman and hikers.
There are a few reasons why this is the case, but let’s start with the more obvious one, which is the way that it is built. This Outland daypack is a lot more solidly built and the nylon material used to make it is quite a bit thicker than most of the other daypacks featured so far.
This not only makes the daypack more resistant to wear and tear but also to water. This is a perfect daypack for hiking because it can handle a lot of what nature could potentially throw at you, including bad weather and rough terrain.
Another indicator that this is primarily a daypack meant for hiking is the storage space of the daypack. A lot of the daypacks on this list have had around 20 liters of storage, but this Outlander daypack boasts an impressive 35 liters of storage space (and that isn’t even including the extra space found on the sides). This makes it among the most spacious entries on this entire best hiking daypacks list.
It also comes with a few attachments that are useful for hiking, such as a whistle belt, a reflector, and a carabiner. Small additions, but useful ones, nonetheless.
Despite being so well-made and spacious, it really doesn’t cost all that much more than most of the other entries on this list. If you are a frequent hiker, give this daypack some serious consideration.
Lots of storage space (35 liters).
Several attachments that are useful for hiking, such as a reflector.
Too bulky for everyday use.
Totalpac Lightweight Foldable Packable Backpack
If you liked the heavy-duty capacity of the Outlander daypack that we just reviewed, but for some reason don’t want to buy that particular daypack, then you may be interested in this final entry on our best hiking daypacks review list.
The Totalpac Lightweight Foldable Packable Backpack is yet another very well-made, high-capacity daypack. So, if you are in the market for a high-capacity hiking daypack, but the previous entry wasn’t for you, then you may want to check this one out instead.
In terms of capacity, theTotalpac, much like the Outlander, boasts 35 liters of storage space in the main pocket, plus various side pockets which add a bit more storage space. As we said in the Outlander review, 35 liters may be a bit much for everyday use, but it is extremely useful when it comes to hiking.
The Totalpac is very well-made. Like every other daypack that we choose for the best hiking daypacks list, it is made from very high-quality nylon. The nylon is resistant to both tearing and to water. Again, this makes the Totalpac a good option for hiking in adverse conditions.
One small, but potentially very useful, feature that must be mentioned is this daypack’s ability to charge your phone. You can stick in a USB charger to the daypack and then use it as a phone charger. Perfect for if you want to charge your phone without physically taking it out and exposing it to theft.
Made with premium nylon.
Water-resistant and tear-resistant.
Large storage capacity.
Comfortable shoulder straps.
Can be folded for easier storage.
Can be used to charge phone.
Some components, like the charger, must be bought separately.
Hiking Daypacks Buying Guide
Above you have five of the best hiking daypacks to choose from. So, everyone should be able to find that one that meets their needs. But, let’s say you aren’t able to buy one online or that you prefer to buy one in a store.
This makes sense, given that backpacks should ideally be tried on before you buy them. However, you may not know how to pick out a good hiking daypack on your own if you haven’t gone hiking before. That is why in this second part of the article, we will be explaining how to go about picking out a good hiking daypack.
A Daypack vs A Backpack
Before we get into discussing how to actually pick out a daypack, we first want to discuss why daypacks are a thing in the first place. If you are new to hiking, you may be curious about what the actual differences between daypacks and backpacks are.
The differences are fairly simple. When you search for a hiking backpack, all the results are going to be very bulky backpacks that carry upwards of 60 liters of gear. This is a lot of gear and it is really only necessary if you plan on spending an extended amount of time in the wilderness (3 days at least).
Hiking backpacks are generally only necessary if you also plan on taking camping gear like tents and poles with you.
Daypacks, on the other hand, are generally designed to hold around 20 liters or so of gear. This is really only enough for 1 or 2 days of hiking at the most, so they aren’t meant for long-term trips.
If you like hiking, but dislike camping or if you are planning a hiking trip where you won’t be spending any time in the wilderness at night, then a daypack is probably a much better option. This because they are a lot lighter, smaller, and easier to carry, making them a better option for short hikes.
We should also mention daypacks are a bit more versatile too. Hiking backpacks can generally only be used while hiking, as they are impractical for anything else. However, as you saw on our best hiking daypacks review list, plenty of hiking daypacks are useful for general use.
What To Look For When Buying A Daypack
Exterior Fabric Quality
Ideally, you want a daypack made of high-quality material that will be resistant to both water and physical damage like tearing and ripping.
On the best hiking daypacks list, all the daypacks that we featured were made of very high-quality nylon material. You should make sure that whatever daypack that you buy is also made of similarly strong material.
Storage space on daypacks can be difficult to talk about because what constitutes a good amount of storage space depends entirely on what a person’s own needs are. On the best hiking daypacks list, we featured daypacks that range from around 20 liters of storage to 35 liters of storage.
Generally, if you only plan to go on short hikes or if you only plan to use the daypack for everyday errands, then you can go for a smaller capacity daypack. If you plan on hiking for long periods of time, then it is best to go for a larger capacity daypack (preferably around the 35-liter mark).
Everyone wants a comfortable daypack. There is nothing worse than having sore shoulders or a sore back because your daypack isn’t comfortable. The best thing that you can do is find a daypack that has very well-padded shoulder straps and that has wide shoulder straps.
The wider shoulder straps help to distribute the pressure more evenly, while the extra padding helps to prevent the straps from digging into your shoulders. Have shoulder straps made of breathable mesh is also helpful to let air flow more freely.
This brings us to the end of our best hiking daypacks review list, if you still have something that you want answered or if you have feedback, please leave us a comment.