Here’s a new addition to the gear stable and one I have high hopes for, the ultralight daypack offered by Sea to Summit. I like to make side trips when I’m hiking to check out a canyon, see what’s over a ridge, climb a peak, and so on. Often I’m coming right back to the same spot so I’d rather not lug my whole pack with me. Normally, I want to take along some water, snacks, basic survival items, camera and so forth. I could just stuff my pockets but that gets uncomfortable at some point and I’m still stuck carrying the water bladder. I’ve toyed with bringing my Camelbak, however its bulk and 1 lb 3 oz weight make that a no-go. The Sea to Summit Ultralight Daypack weighs in at 2.25 oz and packs down to next to nothing. At $29, I figured it was worth a try. In the main pack, I’ll use it in place of the stuff sack for my clothes, so my weight penalty is only about 1.5 oz. I can live with that.
The pack is made of lightweight Cordura nylon impregnated with silicon, and comes in a variety of colors. With a capacity of 20 liters it has plenty of space for my needs. The seams are all double stitched and there is a single zipper for a top load design. The zipper is not siliconized so you may want to seal that if you live in a rainy climate. The pack’s stuff sack is sewn inside at the top and can be used as a pocket for small, easily lost items.
I haven’t used this pack yet so I don’t know how it will carry a load. It is not intended to replace a normal day pack, as such it has no back padding or support and the shoulder straps are just silnylon straps and 5mm flat cord. The straps start at about 2 inches at the shoulder and taper to 1 inch at the buckle. I’m sure this pack will support at least 25 lbs, but you aren’t going to want to carry it at that weight for very long. I’ll be carrying 10-15 lbs in it for long excursions (most of that being a 3 liter water bladder) and I expect it will do fine in that range.
I’m optimistic about this pack and will update this report once I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces.
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