Jul 13, 2012 at 10:23 am #1291971
@el_jefeLocale: The Pacific Northwest
I need a backpack that is lightweight, and stuffs into its own pocket when not in use — the smaller, the better. Though I intend to use this pack primarily for use about town, it would be nice (though totally unnecessary) bonus if said pack was suitable for one-night UL trips into the bush.
I've found a few that look interesting [like the Patagonia Lightweight Travel pack — but, ouch, $80?!], but I thought I'd avail myself of the community's experience to avoid a regrettable purchase
Thanks!Jul 13, 2012 at 11:17 am #1894547
Marmot Kompressor is $45, GossamerGear Minimalist is on sale right now for $60, or if you really want minimalist, a GG Riksak is only $30.Jul 13, 2012 at 11:32 am #1894551
Angus A.BPL Member
How about this – http://www.outdoorproducts.com/Products/packable-day-pack/165
You can find these at Wally World or at a local outfitter.Jul 13, 2012 at 11:33 am #1894552
Daniel CoxBPL Member
@cohikerLocale: San Isabel NFJul 13, 2012 at 11:56 am #1894555
I have the REI Flash 18 and it's pretty great for day hikes, although the waist/chest straps are more annoying if you're wearing it around town. It could easily be used for a summer overnighter as well, assuming you find get water on-trail or at camp. Weighs 10oz including a small sit pad that forms the back of the pack when stuffed in.Jul 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm #1894558
Take a look at the Mountainsmith Scream 25. Pretty much would do everything you are looking for. $48.96 at ebags is a great deal. Also stuffs into its own pocket.
Dale Wambaugh did a very nice review here:Jul 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm #1894562
TJ ChristopherBPL Member
I think of this as the urban version of the Flash 18.
Advantages for urban use (IMO):
+ I'm more likely to carry a watter bottle in town, there's no hydration sleeve but two external mesh pockets for water bottles
+ Lid style top with zipper pocket means you can store small stuff in the lid and get to it without getting into the main compartment which is more sealed off.
+ No sternum or waist strap hanging about.
Cheap at $30, 22L capacity, packs into it's lid pocket, weighs 10oz on my scale.Jul 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm #1894589
TJ has a better suggestion than mine for urban use. The Flash is great for hiking, but I forgot to mention there's no side pockets for water bottles, which alone makes it not as great for non-hiking uses. They weigh and cost about the same.Jul 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm #1894620
Which has an EXCELLENT return policy.Jul 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm #1894642
Rick MBPL Member
delJul 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm #1894654
Actually patagonia has sevral LW packs in it's line at varying price points. Also, the initial price may be steep, but they are really high quality and last a long time. Oh, and their 50% off sale atarts July 18th, so you may find a deal for the pack you want.Jul 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm #1894661
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Ignore this suggestion if you are looking for an everyday beater pack.
But if you want a SUL standby in your pocket for the trip home from the store or the occasional overflow of gym clothes:
Sea-to-summit's silnylon pack is 2.4 ounces. I used it on Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in April and I travel on plane trips with it as an overflow / mission-creep bag. About $24 on eBay or at REI. It packs down to the size of a small lime but weighs less.Jul 14, 2012 at 8:45 am #1894698
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
If you want a pack that is tough and tear resistant and holds a lot and packs in it own lid you can't beat the Arc'teryx Cierzo 35. I owned one for a few week and took it back to sport chalet could not fit all my back country gear in it. But it carries 2 grocery bags in it packs down small when not needed. Arc'teryx also makes Cierzo 25 pack.
http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Packs/Cierzo-35#Jul 14, 2012 at 11:09 am #1894721Jul 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm #1894754
TJ ChristopherBPL Member
Departmentofgoods.Com has the pack referenced by the OP for $55.30, and I just happened to see it's shown up on steepandcheap a couple times recently for $40. Setup an alert on SACAlerts.com because it might show up again.
For anyone not aware:
Departmentofgoods.Com is backcountry.com's outlet/clearance Site.
Steepandcheap.Com is backcountry.com's one at a time deal site for blowing out inventory.
SACAlerts.com is a third party site that let's you setup email or text alerts for stuff on steepandcheap.Jul 25, 2012 at 12:14 am #1897389
@glidoncageLocale: Santa monica bay
Try Bergman Luggage online luggage store. They have great range of backpacks for selection. Also, they are running sale at their store which offers huge discounts on well known brands. Recently, I purchased day pack which has 1.1 lbs with 2 year warranty and the price is very low as compared to other online stores. Do check out their store for more details about collection and sale.Jul 25, 2012 at 2:00 am #1897402
Troy HawkinsBPL Member
The Sea-to-Summit sil pack is great. I carry one around with me for day trips. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it works well for what it is and it packs ridiculously small.
If you want something a little bigger/more robust, the Zpacks Zero might be nice for you. Simple sack, but it's mostly waterproof and extremely light.Feb 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm #1953390
YAMABUSHI !BPL Member
I too was looking for something similar.
(I am looking to lighten the bag I carry every day to work but just cant feel comfortable beating up a SUL bag on the metro)
Some bags that might be of interest:
like TJ said, REI Flash (18L @ $30)
EMS Packable Pack (20L @ $40)
and as Terry mentioned the Cierzo line is nice.
I have the 18 and at $60 is doubles as my leader pack. Maybe that fits your needs.Feb 12, 2013 at 4:11 am #1953446
I got one on clearance for $25, I know they show up that low every few months as they rotate colors. My old daypack was super heavy so this has been just the ticket.Feb 12, 2013 at 4:58 am #1953450
Pete StaehlingBPL Member
I will +1 on the sea to summit 2.4 ounce one if you want a pack to stow away in a pocket and use once in a while. If you need something more substantial but that doesn't pack as small, the REI Flash 18 is nice (12 ounces) and still packs pretty small. I have not seen the new Flash 22 yet, but it might also be an option.Feb 12, 2013 at 5:59 am #1953465
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
MEC has there travel light top loader. The foam back panel is removabe then it folds up into itself. Great deal compared to the patagonia.Feb 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm #1954047
@ochocomanLocale: Wet side of the Cascades
+1 on the REI Travel Stuff pack. I've used it for couple years for in-town bike commuting and for day hikes. It also goes with me packed up into itself on business trips where I might get in some local hiking.
Doesn't pack nearly as small as the Sea-to-Summit, but it's not fragile either. Sheds water pretty well; fabric is tough enough for city use.
Not so sure it could overnight, though, it's only 22L. In warm and dry weather perhaps.Feb 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm #1954095
@lunchandynnerLocale: Pacific Northwest
+1 to the LL bean travel pack. Eddie Bauer also has their Rip Pac packable pack that is a little more full featured, but heavier and larger when folded into itself.Feb 14, 2013 at 9:56 am #1954327
Bill LawBPL Member
@williamlawLocale: SF Bay Area
The Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack was on SAC yesterday for $30. It likely will appear there again.
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