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

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  1. ThreeRidges

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    The new minimalist is good , but has a weight limit due to no frame. Dueter makes several models in that size, has great quality and very comfortable when loaded up. I just got a Cotopaxi Luzon, which does not meet your needs but I'm impressed with their quality, and they make some models that fit your requirements.
     
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    The camelbak mil tac hawg hits all of your points except the side bottle pockets. still worth taking a look at though.
     
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    The side pockets not being big enough for a Nalgene bottle I just don't understand. This has troubled me for years and is a pet peeve of mine. Either the pocket isn't big enough or when you fill your pack the bottle doesn't fit.
     
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    "I've been considering the Osprey Manta 36. I like the outside over flow pocket."
    I just picked up one of these yesterday at an REI garage sale for $90 without the bladder. It's for my teenage daughter to use for day hikes, snowshoeing and treks to Camp Muir. I think we're going to walk a few miles later today and I'll give you some feedback.
     
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    I just recently got a Gregory Z35 and I love it
     
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    I have about 75 miles on this REI 40. They
    recently made some changes. This carries very well. Large enough to tote And stuff two persons gear for the day yet sucks down with light loads. Pockets on the hip pads carry a compact camera on left side.
    Small revolver (J Frame) on the right. $$ Won't break the bank.
     
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    Check out Kifaru. Expensive, but 100% made in USA and one of the best suspension systems on the market.
     
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    Anything from Osprey is a win.
     
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    Someone mentioned Kifaru. My current ''Walk-In-The-Woods' pack is a Kifaru Urban Zippy. I have the frame sheet in it, but it does NOT have a belt. That's a non-starter for some folks. It will take pockets attached to the outside and has side and lid pockets by default. It's plain foliage green, no pattern, no molle, nothing fancy. Just a place to keep a poncho and a water bottle and whatever else I feel like jamming in it.

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    Get an Osprey. You won't regret it. Maybe a talon 22
     
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    Anyone have any of the Kelty packs? I've been looking at their Redtail series but also see they have a number of new products.
     
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    I have a Talon 22 as my hiking pack. Love it.
     
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    Camelbak hawg military version is excellent for day hikes, I use mine for fishing/wading the rivers.

    Kifaru
    TAD Gear
    Topo Designs
    Goruck
    Osprey
    Gregory
    HPG
    Camelbak
    Mystery Ranch

    All are excellent packs.
     
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    I've got the same Camelbak, and it rocks. Almost want to spring for the updated laser cut pals grid version, but don't want to spend the money :)
     
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    I had a Osprey Stratos 26 and loved it. Not sure why I sold it. O yeah.. I don't have time to hike anymore. The 26 was a little big for a day hike but it really doesn't weigh any more than a 22 or 24.
     
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    Day one four miles with this. Felt very comfortable. Can a pack be responsive? M/L was right for my frame. My first full mesh back.
     
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    I really like everything I've tried from Osprey, their packs are thought out real well and I don't really like looking all tacticool. That 5.11 rush bag is great though too. Ive been using some random bag i found at a surplus lately and i love it. I'll dig it out tomorrow and update this post with the make
     
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