Jun 13, 2010 at 7:49 am #1260101
I have to imagine that this has been covered before but I didn't find it when searching.
I am looking for a lightweight, collapsible, yet still durable 25l daypack. This is more for traveling than hiking but would get use for both. It will be stuffed in a larger pack when not in use, so compressibility is important.
I do not want something that is super fragile but low on features is fine. In addition…it should look decent, as it will be getting a lot of city use. Maybe more of a traditional backpack design rather than a stuff sac with straps? Not firm on this at all though.
Also i would prefer a zipper closure or a hood to just a drawstring (like the flash 18)
I thought i had found the perfect match w/ the golite ion but i see that it is discontinued.
What are the options??
REI Flash 18
REI Zip Travel Daypack
Hammock Bliss Daypack
mont-bell versalite 20Jun 13, 2010 at 8:03 am #1619556
I don't particularly like the newer ones and think they're a bit pricey for what they are but 1st generation Scrambler packs from Mountain Hardware can be had for a steal right now. I picked one up for about $35 a few weeks ago for the same purpose and my initial impressions are positive but I haven't had a chance to do anything with it other than play with it around the house. The weight generally listed (around 11 oz.)is for the pack with the back pad removed.
I'd also look into zpacks if I were you.Jun 13, 2010 at 8:16 am #1619560
Did you purchase the scrambler online?Jun 13, 2010 at 8:18 am #1619561
John Frederick AndersonMember
Cilio Gear 20 Liter WorkSack
fredJun 13, 2010 at 9:16 am #1619572
Gary DunckelBPL Member
The Marmot Kompressor is certainly collapsible, but hardly durable and just 17.2 L. It is what it is, which I think probably isn't what you're looking for. The Ion would be a good choice. I'm not familiar with the others that have been mentioned.Jun 13, 2010 at 9:19 am #1619575
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
The Montbell Versalite 20 cinches up with a drawcord. But Montbell has 2 other models that are even ligther — and they close with a zipper. Check out their website.Jun 13, 2010 at 10:02 am #1619584
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I think this is just what you are looking for:
In the lifelong search for a place to call home, we all do time on the road. This super-lightweight travel backpack holds everything you need for road trips, hikes or perusing the market, and it stuffs into its own pocket. The main compartment uses a simple drawstring closure to keep gear safe and packed tight. There's also a zippered lid pocket for quick access to smaller items. Exterior mesh pockets hold bottles, shell, gloves, etc. Breathable shoulder straps and a webbing waistbelt distribute the load and keep you comfortable. The lightweight foam back pad can be removed for use as a sitting pad. Made from strong, extremely lightweight 50-denier triple-ripstop nylon with a polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Reinforced with 150-denier polyester (47% recycled) double-weave ShiftLayer.
* Main pocket with cinch drawcord to keep gear safe and secured
* Lid pocket organizes your smaller items for easy access
* Exterior mesh pockets hold bottles, shell, etc
* Breathable shoulder straps and webbing waistbelt
* Back pad can be removed for use as a sit pad
* 50-denier 100% nylon triple ripstop with polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Reinforcements: 150-denier 100% polyester (47% recycled) double-weave ShiftLayer
* 365 g (12.9 oz)Jun 13, 2010 at 10:57 am #1619591
Sieto van der HeideMember
@sietoLocale: The Netherlands
Maybe this is an option: the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack
Its a mix between a stuffbag and a backpack. When not used as daypack its usable as stuffbag in another bag. Empty it compresses down do almost nothing.
For a 20L bag only 70 grams/ 2.5 oz.Jun 13, 2010 at 11:02 am #1619592
Ken T.BPL Member
Marmot Kompressor Plus. A little larger and beefier than the regular Kompressor.Jun 13, 2010 at 11:33 am #1619600
Omri Ben AriMember
the new Marmot Ultra Kompressor is:
Weight: 1 lbs 7 oz / 652 g
Volume: 1250 cu in / 20 liters
Main Material: 210d Nylon Double Ripstop
Material: 70d 100% Nylon Double Ripstop
Material: Stretch Mesh 100% Polyester
i think i will bay this bag in the near future its heavier than the Kompressor Plus but its depends on how weight fanatic are you and how offend you will use it as a backpack instead of compression sack with straps…Jun 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm #1619626
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
I like the Pagagonia travel pack — prettier than the REI one — but man, three times more expensive! Sigh…Jun 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm #1619638
That's always how it is. I really like patagonia gear but the prices are just incredible. I have yet to find a good outlet or discount site for their stuff.Jun 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm #1619640
@orangebananasLocale: San Francisco East Bay
I'm a big fan of the REI Flash 18Jun 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm #1619647
Omri Ben AriMember
nice pack but not compressible – regular Marmot Kompressor is and sale for 40$
and they are at the same Weight: 10 oz / 283 g
the compressibility is very important when using it as a laundry bag or for clean clothes – save space in the main backpack.Jun 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm #1620038
Yes, I bought it online with a coupon of some sort.
There's one on gear trade too.
I think my favorite feature is the lid. The top pocket is a pretty good size and the zipper is by your neck so it may be a little harder for thieves to get into. The flat pocket underneath the lid is perfect for ID or water purification tablets.Jun 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm #1620045
Rod LawlorBPL Member
The North Face make a Flyweight Pack and Rucksack. 19 or 32 litres. 310 or 340 grams. RRP $49 or $59
This is the RucksackJun 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm #1620046
jim drauckerBPL Member
@mtnjimLocale: Shenandoah Valley VA
I have this pack in new condition. I would sell it shipped for 40.00. PM or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks JimJun 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm #1620059
The Nemo Ditto Backpack looks interesting as well.Aug 31, 2010 at 9:57 pm #1642108
i have the hammock bliss day pack. I picked it over the flash18 because I saw it on sale for significantly less, it was lighter, i prefer the mes pockets for water bottls, and it folds into its own pocket. I turn it inside out and use it as a sleepingbag stuff sack. that way it is always empty when my camp is set up for day excursions.
my only complaint is the color choices… as in their aint any.Sep 1, 2010 at 2:13 am #1642153
@elf773Locale: Vancouver, BC
It's not cheap, and is a roll-top (why zipper) but it looks good. In one of the photos on the site, it shows how you can compress it w/the bungee cords into something somewhat palm sized. The functionality of the pack is awesome w/the big mesh back pocket.
It carries really well, either stuffed to the gills and heavy or with very little in it. I had 2 liters of water in a platy, an 11oz rain jacket, camera and a bit of food in this picture. It also carried all my gear (Double Rainbow, quilt etc) for a 3 day trip in the main body the day before. I travel often as well, the compressibility was one reason I bought it. I'm about 5'7".
As another mentioned, Zpacks would be good too. Again not cheap but Joe is a pretty nice guy. And the cuben would likely compress down even more and be lighter.
Dyneema-X is pretty durable. The Burn is a wicked pack if you can wait the 5 weeks. Sorry for the big pics, couldn't figure out how to downsize. And yes.. bears scare me.Sep 1, 2010 at 6:04 am #1642175
Joe GeibBPL Member
@joegeibLocale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
This has not seen the sequential upgrades that the REI Flash has been through, but it is still awesome. 2 bottle pockets, floating lid with pocket, 1200 cuin, $30.
Fits much better than the LLBean variety.Sep 1, 2010 at 6:48 am #1642186
I know you said you weren't crazy about the pull opening of the Flash 18, but it does seal up pretty darn well (I've been rained on with it, and my pack contents have stayed dry). With mine, I cut off the extraneous bits and added shock cord to the outside so that I can compress the bag on my back/store items on the outside, and my bag is at 235g/8.3oz. You could shave the weight a bit lower also if you took out the hydration pouch. I do like the option of a hydration bladder for summit pushes.Sep 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm #1642297
Jason ElsworthBPL Member
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
Looks like a great pack for short trips generally.Sep 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm #1642362
@kieranLocale: Seattle, WA
I got one of these for the wife, but I end up stealing it from her often :) It's a well designed, simple bag, very light, strong, compressible, that functions well.Sep 2, 2010 at 4:08 am #1642475
Lighter than all of these packs and very comfy
It doesn't have a proper way of compressing but that's nothing a rubber band can't fix! As there's no padding in the sack etc it packs up great, though the shoulder straps have minimalist padding to help with comfort.
EDIT – Whoops! Didn't see you'd already looked at it. Its available here in the UK, check out backpackinglight.co.uk
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