Day Pack review

It is that time of year again, time for me to start telling you all about my love of backpacking. This year we are going to try to get a couple day hikes along with the multi day trips. The first one that we have planned is a 19 mile day hike... So to enter this new endeavor I picked up a day pack. No for those light weight packers this will not be the pack for you, even though it is a day pack it still weighs in at 3 lb 14 oz. I am going to feel it out for a few days and then make the final call to keep it.

First impressions of the Bigelow Day Pack:

  • positives
    • side load as well as top load the main compartment
    • built in rain cover
    • small strap above the water bladder compartment to help the bladder up even as it becomes empty
    • nice cross tightening straps to keep the load tight and secure (load should be minimal for a day hike, but could be use if I can find out how to use this for a short multi day, or multi day pack for my wife when I carry my full pack)
    • nice venting in the back panel
    • full waist belt for load control
    • top lid even in a day pack
    • big back and side stack pockets for the times you don't want to get into the main compartment
    • two large mess pockets
  • negatives
    • weight... there are lighter day packs on the market
  • undecided observations
    • small stack pocket in the waist belt

Time to hit the trails...

For what it's worth.

Comments:

Wow, that's a serious day pack!
You must have a different definition of day hike than I do. I usually just get by with my camelback.
What all are you taking on your day hikes? An espresso machine??

Posted by josh on March 13, 2008 at 02:48 PM EDT #

Josh, well as I stated it is a little dual purpose as well, it will come in a Erin's pack when she goes with and I have my main pack. But, for day hikes I am talking 20+ mile day hikes when I need some food, water, possibly a filter. If I get real good maybe I can get this "day pack" to be used as my multi day pack... just need to lighten up my multi day load. Interested in day hiking the Jordan River?

Posted by Dan Lacher on March 13, 2008 at 03:00 PM EDT #

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