I need a day pack.... and I'm picky

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  1. Colton

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    Not that picky, I just want it to have a few things. ..

    -hydration bladder compatible
    -side pockets big enough for a nalgene
    -at least one outer pocket
    -small enough for day trips

    I like the REI Flash 22 but the reviews are not inspiring

    Any ideas?
     
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    Tarahumara. I thought I'd hate this pack when I bought. I was wrong. Best pack I've ever owned for its size.
     
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    gossamer gear minimalist...the older one (without the side bottle pockets) is my winter day hike pack. the newer version has the side bottle pockets but i'm not sure if it's hydration bladder compatible too.
     
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    Tactical Tailor Removable Operators Pack
    MilSpec Monkey Adapt Pack
     
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    I like my TT Urban Operator Pack
     
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    HPG Connor Pack. No actual experience. Tarahumara is too small.
     
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    I cant find this one for sale anywhere
     
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    only available straight from gossamer gear as far as i know. i guess it's out of stock but it usually comes back pretty fast: http://gossamergear.com/the-minimalist.html
     
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    What is your desired size range in cu in or liters?

    I ask because "day pack" for me at this latitude is different than for those in the south.

    Then, we consider seasons (winter v summer).
     
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    I'm also a fan of the Minimalist. I carry it or their Riksak 99% of the time that I'm in the woods.
    The Quiksak is another option to look at.
    http://gossamergear.com/quiksak.html
     
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    In my experience, you should try out whatever your interested in. I've purchased a lot of gear based on reviews, only to end up hating it.

    I personally like anything from Camelbak, all the packs I've used with thin or no padding on the back were always uncomfortable with a water bladder. We're all different, so trying them on first makes a big difference.
     
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    Kelly MAP 3500, I still can't force myself to get rid of it.
     
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    I'm a pack whore and bei g such I can offer a piece of advice.

    ...haven't really found the perfect pack...yet, few come close and I love them, but as with the women... Perfect one don't exist.

    Got HPG(umlindi & Tara, Tatonka(few packs ultralight and external frames), haglofs, 5.11(rush 12/24, moab 10), Tactical Tailor ROP - along with Moab they're great as cycling companions, savotta - similar to LK70 and few cheap ones that works just fine.

    I'm a pack whore.
     
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    i forgot about my osprey kestrel 28...i use it during the summer months where i need to carry a lot of water (~4 liters) since it carries the load better than the minimalist because it has a load-bearing waist belt.
     
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    HPG Tarahumara with a Recon Kit Bag up front is my day hike kit. It is small, but that forces you to consider what you're bringing. There's enough room inside to pack a Mors pot and stove for cooking lunch. I lash my rain gear to the bottom.
     
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    Camelbak striker. My favorite for dayhikes in the woods.
     
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    mountainsmith day + Strappettes..... carries super well, and less back sweat
     
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    I've been considering the Osprey Manta 36. I like the outside over flow pocket. Comes in handy for the grand kid's stuff.
     

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