For our money, the backpack is still the best way to haul your gear. It’s a simple, effective, no-nonsense tool for everyday living, and the best-made ones are easy on the shoulders, regardless of how much stuff you’ve managed to cram into the main compartment. And in an increasingly business casual world, the backpack doesn’t have to be relegated to classrooms and lecture halls. There are packs that are stylish enough that you can bring them to work in confidence, regardless of whether sit down in an office or bullpen. On the other end of the spectrum, there packs that are specifically made for outdoor use, highlighting functionality and durability.

Below, our list of the best daypacks available on the market today. Even better, each is made in the USA.

MIS Backpack
Capacity: 18L | Pack Fabric: 1000 Denier Cordura
All material used in product are certified as MIL-SPEC (Military Specification).

Kletterwerks Flip Backpack
Capacity: 23L | Pack Fabric: 1000 Denier Cordura
Heritage design dating back over 40 years.

Battenwear Day Hiker Backpack
Capacity: 20L | Pack Fabric: Army Duck Canvas
Inspired by 1970s daypacks.

Mystery Ranch ASAP Backpack
Capacity: 20L | Pack Fabric: 500 Denier Cordura
Backpack built like a tank.

Epperson Mountaineering Large Climb Backpack
Capacity: 22.5L | Pack Fabric: 1000 Denier Cordura
Made to withstand the rigors of the Outdoors.

Altadena Works Teardrop Backpack
Capacity: 22.5L | Pack Fabric: Cordura
All-around daypack ideal for shorter hikes, cycling, or as your daily book bag.

Rivendell Mountain Works Lupine Day Pack
Capacity: 21L | Pack Fabric: Codura
Designed by original founder, Larry Horton, back in 1977. Constructed today just as it was back then.

 

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Pack Northwest Sunbreak Backpack
Capacity: 21.6L | Pack Fabric: 1000 Denier Codura
Pack with confidence.

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Topo Designs Y-Pack Backpack
Capacity: 14.4L | Pack Fabric: 1000 Denier Codura
A twist on the classic flap pack.

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Madden Equipment Dan’s Pack
Capacity: 20L | Pack Fabric: 1000 Denier Cordura
Dan Madden’s personal pack.


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