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Good Hiking Pack

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Lone Kimono, May 31, 2012.

  1. Lone Kimono

    Lone Kimono

    Jul 15, 2009
    Could anyone recommend a good backpack for short day hikes? Something light, in the 1500 inch range, with good zippers. I've been using a cheap one from Walmart, but the zippers keep getting stuck.
  2. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

    Jan 27, 2006
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

  3. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    Osprey makes some good daypacks.
  4. BR549

    BR549 Thread Killer

    Jan 18, 2008
    Do you have any specific requirements, i.e. lightweight, durability, special compartments, etc.?

    There are some good deals at Campmor and Sierra Trading Post.

    +1 to REI, especially if you can visit one of their stores.

    I have been happy with products from Gregory, Granite Gear, GoLite, ArcTeryx, and Mountainsmith.

    If you have a local gear store (climbing, backpacking, etc.), go shopping.

    Also, look at Maxpedition's website. Their fabric is very durable. The Falcon II is available in some "less military looking" colors.
  5. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    Another +1 on REI. Here is a daypack search.^cat,4500509:Daypacks

    Ospery, Gregory, REI brand, Kelty and NorthFace are good.

    Jansport is decent, especially if your are on a budget.

    I knock on Maxpedition, because honestly I don't find there packs, especially the smaller ones useful for hiking. Just too many pockets and compartments, which is great for an urban jungle, but not when you need to stuff it with camping, hiking or survival gear for the woods. They also are not made for long distance hikingwith the funky strap layouts and the lack of back ventilation and frame. You will suffer carrying one on the trail. Also with all the MOLLE and thick nylon they will weigh almost a pound more then similar sized packs. The only one that look decent for hiking is the Vulture II which is double the size you need anyway.
  6. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
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  7. Lone Kimono

    Lone Kimono

    Jul 15, 2009
    BR549, I wanted something lightweight and durable. Mostly used for short hikes (5 or 6 mile range).

    I'm going to have to check out REI today, I appreciate all the advice!

    I'm not really on a budget, but this is going to be more of a beater...short hikes, softball, trips to the beach, etc. My MOLLE packs might be overkill and heavier like Bilbo mentioned.

    This High Sierra I found on Amazon is the type I'm looking for, but I wouldn't mind spending the money for better quality.

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  8. Lone Kimono

    Lone Kimono

    Jul 15, 2009
    Your link gave me a few ideas I hadn't though of :)
    Last edited: May 31, 2012
  9. BR549

    BR549 Thread Killer

    Jan 18, 2008
    Yeah, the Maxpedition stuff is heavy compared to those of similar size at backpacking gear retailers but is extremely durable.

    Yeah, the multitude of pockets can be irritating.

    I'd rather have one main big pocket and one small pocket (or an add-on pouch).

    Everything then gets organized in stuff sacks by category.
  10. I Shooter

    I Shooter

    Dec 22, 2011
    On any pack with zippers they will stick if you don't lube them. I have used cooking spray, penetrating oil, three in one oil worked well and what has worked the best for me is silicone spray. Keep in mind that you don't want to soak the cloth around the zipper. Just dampen the zipper then work it back and forth a couple times. Do that at least once a year and your pack zippers should work for years.
    Last edited: May 31, 2012
  11. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    If you are only going for the day... I suggest a 5.11 MOAB 10. It has a ccw specific pocket, a water bladder area, personal admin/first aid area, lots of compression straps and extra pockets for radio/cell. LA Police gear has the best price that I have seen.
  12. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    There are a lot of good packs to throw stuff in and carry. I really like an external frame pack like an ALICE to keep my back from overheating hiking.