DAY PACKS What's Available

A range of general purpose rucksacks suitable for day trips, from 10 to 40 litres in volume, and priced from £45-£150.

Day Packs Montage  © UKC Gear
Day packs
Sarah Stirling at Godnor South in Portland, testing the Fastpack 40  © Mark Glaister
Photo: Mark Glaister

Berghaus Freeflow 25+5 Rucksack  © Berghaus

Berghaus Freeflow 25+5 Rucksack RRP £80

Berghaus' Freeflow V backsystem leaves a gap between the rucksack and your back to allow airflow and reduce sweat. The 'EVAbreathe' Matrix Foam in the shoulder straps (perforated EVA foam sheets are laminated in a honeycomb matrix effect) is also designed to allow airflow and encourage breathability.

  • Weight: 1042g
  • Volume: 25 litres (+5)

Main Features:

  • 'Freeflow' V back system with adjustable backlength
  • 'EVAbreathe' Matrix Foam technology
  • Height adjustable chest strap
  • Raincover
  • Grab handle
  • Side compression straps
  • Walking pole attachment


  • Top lid pocket
  • Zipped internal lid pocket
  • Hydration system pocket
  • Bottle pockets
  • Two stretch side pockets

Black Diamond EXL Pack  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond EXL RRP £69.99

A multi-sport daypack from the Velocity Series line of lightweight and compact multi-sport packs, designed for running to biking to hiking. Features BD's 'Swing Arm' Technology (the straps aren't fixed at the bottom, but are connected to each other, so they move more freely with your body).

  • Weight: 700g
  • Volume: 20 litres

Main Features:

  • 'SwingArm' shoulder straps for fast-and-light balance and comfort
  • 'OpenAir' backpanel
  • Retractable trekking pole/ice axe loop
  • Bike light slot
  • Zipped panel access


  • Side stretch pockets
  • Front compression stretch pocket
  • Front cord compression and storage
  • Hydration system pocket

Deuter ACT Trail 32 Pack  © Deuter

Deuter ACT Trail 32 RRP £90

This rucksack has a flexible ' Aircontact' back system designed to fit any shape of back in comfort. While not the lightest, it offers a multitude of storage options for the tidy minded!

  • Weight: 1320g
  • Volume: 32 litres

Main Features:

  • Two-way zip on the front allows direct access to well-buried items
  • Tough 3D AirMesh covering fabric provides climate control
  • Elasticised toggle straps double up as compression straps
  • Anatomically formed 3D AirMesh shoulder straps with load transfer straps


  • Wet laundry compartment
  • Hydration system pocket
  • Elastic front compartment
  • Lid pocket with valuables pocket inside
  • One zippered side pocket
  • One elastic side pocket
  • Valuables pocket on hip belt

Edelrid Helix Pack  © Edelrid

Edelrid Helix 25 Day Pack RRP £90

A new, stripped back, lightweight alpine rucksack designed for day trips and 'fast and light' ascents. The 'Traction Air' carry system and removable back plate allow the rucksack to be worn close to the body without restricting freedom of movement.

  • Weight: 750g
  • Volume: 25 litres

Main Features:

  • Adjustable side compression straps
  • Removable mono-mesh waist belt with two integrated gear loops
  • Packing loop for internal organisation
  • 'Traction Air' carry system and removable back plate
  • Two durable Hypalon ice tool attachments
  • Air-permeable shoulder straps and 3D mesh back padding


  • Floating, removeable lid

Lightwave Fastpack 40  © Lightwave

Lightwave Fastpack 40 RRP £99

A highly water-resistant and sturdy day pack.

  • Weight: 1005g
  • Volume: 40 litres

Main Features:

  • Sturdy: constructed from mid-weight fabrics
  • Aluminium stays in the back system support loads of 10-15kg comfortably
  • Close-fitting back panel ensures good carrying stability
  • Seams on body and lid are either welded or taped: ideal for use in wet or wintry climates
  • Twin ice-axe/trekking pole holders
  • Side compression straps
  • Ski holders


  • Watertight external lid pocket
  • Stretch side pockets
  • Hydration system pocket

Lowe Alpine AirZone Centro 35+10  © Lowe Alpine

Lowe Alpine AirZone Centro 35+10 RRP £100

Lowe Alpine's best-selling trekking and mountain walking backpack. The 'Torso Fit Centro' adjustable back and Adaptive Fit hip belt are designed to offer good comfort whatever your body shape.

  • Weight: 1070g
  • Volume: 35 litres (+10)

Main Features:

  • 'Torso Fit Centro' adjustable back and Adaptive Fit hip belt
  • Suspended mesh back adds stability and ventilation
  • Easy-access side entry
  • Rain cover
  • Chest strap with whistle
  • Front bungee
  • Axe/pole attachment


  • Foating lid extends to add 10 litres capacity
  • Hydration system compatibile
  • Internal and external lid pockets
  • Large front pocket
  • Mesh side pockets

Mammut Trion  © Mammut

Mammut Trion Element 30L RRP £90

A lightweight pack with a narrow shape and body hugging fit designed to offer freedom of movement.

Main Features:

  • Two layer high-density EVA back padding
  • Removeable hip belt with gear loops
  • Rope fixing strap
  • Compression straps
  • Daisy chain gear carrier
  • Two ice axe carriers


  • Hydration system compatible
  • Two lid pockets - external and internal

Marmot Kompressor Pack  © Marmot

Marmot Kompressor Summit RRP £75

Compression-moulded shoulder straps and waist belt with Air Comfort Technology distribute weight without chafing. Access mesh pockets and zippered waistbelt pockets stash on-the-trail essentials.

  • Weight: 724g
  • Volume: 28 litres

Main Features:

  • Compression moulded shoulder straps and waist belt with 'Air Comfort' Technology
  • Removable closed-cell foam back sheet
  • Dual ice axe loops
  • Light clip attachment point
  • Compression straps
  • Silicone touch end points on webbing


  • Hydration system pocket
  • 3 mesh stash pockets
  • Waist belt pockets
  • Ultralight webbing lid pocket
  • Pocket on the lid
  • Mesh pocket with key clip in lid

Medusa 32   © Montane, Feb 2012

Montane Medusa 32 RRP £80

From Montane's brand new pack range, the Medusa 32 is the mountain master, super light, multi season endurance pack. It's incredibly feature rich for its weight! See Steve Long's recent review.

  • Weight: 913g
  • Volume: 32 litres

Main Features:

  • 'Comfort Back Pad' with channels that wick sweat and rainwater
  • 'Dual Tool' reversed clean technical ice axe and walking pole attachment system
  • Ice axes can be reversed to an 'Alpine safe' position
  • Chest harness with left hand clip prevents bulky buckles over the sternum and increases comfort with its low profile
  • Reversible locking webbing buckles
  • Body curve hip fins for strong comfort and stability when on the move
  • Double tension waist harness for extra stability and pack weight equalisation
  • Left hip gear loop for clipping while on the move
  • Front central gear loop
  • Webbing and drawcords that can be affixed to front loops for additional storage
  • Wide mouth central opening with 'Cord Lord' quick release mechanism
  • Arm harness gear loops and hydration system tube attachment
  • Ccustom made zip pulls
  • Top load easy grab handle


  • Hydration system pocket
  • Right hip headtorch and gel shot stash pocket
  • Tough bucket side pockets for water bottle and backcountry ski storage
  • Internal security pocket featuring vertical upside down zippered entry preventing coin and key loss
  • Buddy pocket for front access whilst on the move features a stiffened lip to prevent loss of items if zips are left open

TNF Meteor 30 Rucksack  © TNF

The North Face Meteor 30 RRP £75

A full-sized, user-friendly day pack, perfect for a long day on the trail.

  • Weight: 698g
  • Volume: 30 litres

Main Features:

  • Trekking pole attachments
  • Stowable rain cover
  • Vertical mesh channel on back panel provides cooling comfort
  • Easy-access top loader
  • FlexVent injection-moulded shoulder straps
  • Trekking pole attachments


  • Hydration system pocket
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets

Trangoworld TX10 Pack  © Trangoworld

Trangoworld TX10 Rucksack RRP £44.99

The TX10 pack is part of a new range of multipurpose, multisport packs from Spanish brand Trangoworld.

  • Weight:
  • 480g
  • Volume:
  • 10 litres

Main Features:

  • Body: Lightweight Ripstop polyamide for water repellency and abrasion resistance
  • Back and shoulder straps: soft touch 3D mesh for comfort and breathability
  • Supplied with a 2L Source bladder


  • Small external zippered accessory pocket
  • Two stretch stash pockets on the sides
  • Hydration system pocket

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6 Jun, 2012
Another suggestion to add to the list: Decathlon Ultralight 25 litres - 850g - £39.99
6 Jun, 2012
I would have thought Osprey would be the bestselling brand in this category - surprised not to see one on the list.
6 Jun, 2012
Hell, if these are day sacs I must be forgetting to carry quite a lot of stuff ! In the smaller pack range its not really obvious what these more expensive brands give you over little Karrimor bags at half the money.
Hi What's Available are advertorial presented by advertisers on UKC and UKH. From the base of the article:"Gear News and Outdoor Industry News at UKC and UKH presents climbing, walking and mountaineering equipment and stories that will be of interest to's readers. They are not gear reviews and are provided by companies that advertise with UKClimbing Limited. Please feel free to comment about the stories and products on the associated thread." So we only include products from advertisers in them. Alan

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