Recommend a Day Hike Backpack

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  1. rainman33

    rainman33

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    I hope this is the right forum.
    I need a new backpack for day hikes. I typically like to pack it for the possibility that I’ll spend possibly one night outside in cool to moderate temps.
    A list of items I typically carry:
    Cell Phone
    Keys
    Water bottle
    Water filter
    Knife (x2)
    Small first Aid kit
    Big lighter (x2)
    Jacket
    Emergency blanket
    Snack or sandwich
    Paracord
    Pistol + mag
    GoPro

    Bag Requirements:
    A pocket for a water bottle. It can have a bladder system, but it still must have an exterior water bottle pocket.
    Some kind of exterior attachment system - molle is all I can think of.
    I prefer something not overly tactical, but that I can carry a pistol in (sometimes it’s not for the hike, but the getting there).

    currently considering the Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. dartor

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    I use the Falcon 2 for my daily bag, it's a little bit tactical for day hikes. I would go with an Osprey Talon 22, that's one I use for day hikes.
     

  3. rainman33

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    I’ve been looking at Osprey pack as well. I’m not a big fan of the waste belt for the light weight pack I want.
     
  4. dartor

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    Do you have an REI close by? You definitely want a quality pack.
     
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    Sure do. I always kind of thought of them as the yuppie outdoor store. But, if you have a pack suggestion, I’ll take it.
     
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    Surplus ALICE pack with frame and the Hellcat mod. Works for me. But backpacks are plentiful and varied. Find the one that works for you. Go to a good outfitter and get your torso measured and try some packs out. You'll get a much better frame of reference.
     
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    Why do you need a pocket for a water bottle if the pack has a water bladder?

    I use an older Camelback day pack (forget which exact model) that has a water bladder and seems like enough room for what you listed.
     
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    I want an external water bottle pocket. If it has a place for a bladder, as many do, I won’t use it, but I still may consider the pack.
     
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    I also have a North Face Litus 32 that I use, any quality pack is good. I also do not use the water bladder, I prefer water bottles.
     
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    Check out Tom Bihn. No tactical. Very well built and functional. Spendy. Probably leans more towards urban and business use, but can be used for anything.
    Or check out Mystery Ranch. Many good options there,
     
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    I have an older Camelbak Mule that works for me.
     
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    Some people like to use bottles instead of the Camelbak. All of my packs have bladder sleeves and side pockets for water bottles. I switch depending on my trip plans. Also, I like to keep any sports drink mixes to a water bottle instead of my Camelbak.

    OP: what you described for a load is what any old Osprey, Gregory, North Face or similar 20-30L pack is designed for. Get thyself to an REI, EMS or local outfitter and find a good pack. Skip anything "milspec" or "military surplus", they tend to be overweight and under-comfortable compared to what's sold for civilian backpackers.

    Also, I have to chuckle at your REI "yuppie store" comment. It reminds me of the mindset of many people I've talked to on the other side. They seem surprised that somebody like me, who likes to peak-bag, backpack and bicycle, could possibly own guns, hunt and fish.

    Sent from my SM-A102U using Tapatalk
     
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    That’s how REI is around here, but it may not be the case everywhere.
     
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    I guess it depends on where ever you plan to hike, don't forget the bug spray and a small portable stove like a sterno stove. Several high protein snacks, pain medicine and a 4 inch ace. If it's a real hot climate then second think that camel back. Bear country then bear spray!
     
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    Thanks, Darkangel. I have most of that covered. Never have carried a stove if I wasn’t planning on doing overnight, but I do carry items to make a fire. My bear spray is of the 45 variety.
     
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    DaleGribble Liberals 'R Bad!!!!

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    My wife and I both have NorthFace Recon backpacks that we have been using for several years now and we are both happy with them. Incredibly durable, comfortable, and well-designed packs that are perfect for day hikes. They also come with a lifetime warranty.
     
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    I like that one!
     
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    5.11 Rush 12 works for me

     
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    DaleGribble Liberals 'R Bad!!!!

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    My wife got hers first and I was skeptical, thinking it was expensive because of the name. Then when I checked it out and saw how well made it was, I was impressed. It also has a water bottle pocket on each side of the backpack.

    Also, there is a handy front mesh pocket that is the perfect size for a poncho.