These small packs generally do not contain an internal frame. They are ideal for short trips, such as day hikes, or as a hands-free way to keep everything together when you’re out and about.
Hiking Day Packs
These medium-to-large packs typically feature internal frames, shoulder and sternum straps, and a hip belt to distribute the weight evenly between the upper and lower body. Other features may include hydration reservoir compatibility, compression straps to tighten and balance a partial load, and a rain hood to keep your bag dry.
Collegiate Day Packs
These medium-sized packs may include features such as a padded laptop pouch, au audio port or a water bottle holder. These are great all-purpose packs for busy people on the move.
Laptop Backpacks and Shoulder Bags
Designed for the student or business commuter, these professional looking bags are ideal for transporting your personal laptop and office essentials.
With their large capacity, these packs are ideal for long trips under challenging conditions. Features may include a zip-off day-pack or waist pack, rain hood, lightweight internal aluminum frames, adjustable hip belts, padded mesh back and shoulder harnesses, tool loops and bottom and top loading options. Make sure to check how much weight your backpack can hold to determine if it fits all your gear.
Hydration Reservoirs and Bladders
A lot of sport and hiking backpacks have a built-in sleeve which holds a hydration reservoir/bladder. These offer the wearer a convenient spout which allows you to drink without the need to open up your bag to grab your water bottle. They should only be used exclusively in warm weather since they can freeze and crack at cooler temperatures.