The perfect day pack can be simple—two shoulder straps and big ol’ closing pocket inside which you can cram all your stuff. Hell, go for a simple duffel and you only need one strap and none of the fancy add-ons. But that doesn’t mean you should forego a more activity-specific pack. From climbing to hitting the gym to urban exploration to cycling, here seven of the best day-hauler options to solve problems the simpler solutions can create.
1. Topo Designs Rover, $139; 2. Mission Workshop Monty, $165; 3. Aer Duffel Pack, $150; 4. Petzl Bug, $70; 5. 5.11 Tactical Rush 12, $100; 6. Brooks England Pickwick, $260; 7. PacSafe Vibe, $130.
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Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).