Which daypack is right for you?

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Practical and versatile, our daypacks are perfect for a day on the trail and everyday use.

Picture this. You’re in the market for a new everyday backpack. Maybe you’ll also use it for short treks and travel too. Starting your search, you go to your favourite outdoor retailer’s website and click on “Backpacks and bags’. Fully intending to browse basic backpacks, instead the navigation offers you trekking backpacks, mountaineering backpacks and travel packs…but where are the everyday backpacks?

Instead, you see the category “Daypacks” and click on it. “Ah ha!” you say to yourself, “Now we’re getting somewhere.” Then you think, “Huh, why doesn’t this company just call their backpacks ‘backpacks’?” The thing is daypacks ARE backpacks. They’re even cross-body bags and totepacks too. What sets them apart is that they are on the small end of the spectrum, with a capacity of 10 to 30 litres. Light to carry and designed with plenty of pockets and compartments for organisation, daypacks are practical and versatile. Perfect for a day on the trail or everyday use.

Which daypack is right for you?

Now that you know the basics, check out these highlights to jump-start your decision making.

Kånken Laptop

If you like clean, classic design with straightforward functionality (that’s been virtually unchanged for over 40 years), Kånken Laptop is for you.

Originally made for solving back problems in Swedish schoolchildren, today Kånken is worn by people of all ages around the world. Kånken Laptop takes this development a step further by offering a separate compartment for safe storage of electronics. Ideal for combining work and play, it will easily take you from your desk to your favourite outdoor lunch spot.

Kanken Laptop

Räven 28

Räven 28 is a simple and hardwearing daypack with lots of compartments and clever pockets for storing outdoor gear, Its main compartment is spacious, but still has plenty of practical areas for you to store your things, including padded and fleece-lined pockets that will protect delicate essentials. There is also a zippered front pocket and two side pockets for drink bottles and other items you wish to keep close at hand. In short, its organising possibilities feel endless.


Skule 20

If you want a daypack that’ll bike and hike you into nature for the day, Skule 20 is it.

Foremost, it’s made from hardwearing and water-repellent Oxford fabric in recycled polyester, which keeps the weather out and your stuff safe.

It also has webbing loops and an elastic cord for attaching extra things, and is hydration system compatible!

Finally, it’s comfortable. The back panel is made with air mesh so your back will not get sweaty. Padded shoulder straps and an adjustable chest strap ensure maximum comfort during day treks.

Skule 20

Kånken Weekender

This multi-talented member of the Kånken family is set up to last for years of weekend getaways, short trips or busy days on the move. Made with heavy-duty handles, a zippered front pocket and Vinylon fabric, the iconic design language of the original Kånken backpack is clear. It’s just a lot more spacious, featuring both a large main compartment and an expandable front compartment. Worn on the back or cross body, Kånken Weekender can also be held by the handle.

Kånken Weekender

Looking for more daypack inspiration? Check out some of our other top-reviewed daypacks.

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