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Collapsible 20-25l daypack
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andrew a
(drew2) - F
Collapsible 20-25l daypack on 06/13/2010 08:49:30 MDT Print View


I have to imagine that this has been covered before but I didn't find it when searching.

I am looking for a lightweight, collapsible, yet still durable 25l daypack. This is more for traveling than hiking but would get use for both. It will be stuffed in a larger pack when not in use, so compressibility is important.

I do not want something that is super fragile but low on features is fine. In should look decent, as it will be getting a lot of city use. Maybe more of a traditional backpack design rather than a stuff sac with straps? Not firm on this at all though.
Also i would prefer a zipper closure or a hood to just a drawstring (like the flash 18)

I thought i had found the perfect match w/ the golite ion but i see that it is discontinued.

What are the options??
REI Flash 18
REI Zip Travel Daypack
Marmot Kompressor
Hammock Bliss Daypack
mont-bell versalite 20

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
A couple of ideas. on 06/13/2010 09:03:37 MDT Print View

I don't particularly like the newer ones and think they're a bit pricey for what they are but 1st generation Scrambler packs from Mountain Hardware can be had for a steal right now. I picked one up for about $35 a few weeks ago for the same purpose and my initial impressions are positive but I haven't had a chance to do anything with it other than play with it around the house. The weight generally listed (around 11 oz.)is for the pack with the back pad removed.

I'd also look into zpacks if I were you.

andrew a
(drew2) - F
scrambler on 06/13/2010 09:16:26 MDT Print View

Did you purchase the scrambler online?

John Frederick Anderson
(fredfoto) - F

Locale: Spain
Collapsible 20-25l daypack on 06/13/2010 09:18:01 MDT Print View

Cilio Gear 20 Liter WorkSack


Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Collapsible 20-25l daypack on 06/13/2010 10:16:13 MDT Print View

The Marmot Kompressor is certainly collapsible, but hardly durable and just 17.2 L. It is what it is, which I think probably isn't what you're looking for. The Ion would be a good choice. I'm not familiar with the others that have been mentioned.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Collapsible 20-25l daypack on 06/13/2010 10:19:58 MDT Print View

The Montbell Versalite 20 cinches up with a drawcord. But Montbell has 2 other models that are even ligther -- and they close with a zipper. Check out their website.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Patagonia Travel Pack on 06/13/2010 11:02:50 MDT Print View

I think this is just what you are looking for:

Manufacturer's info:

In the lifelong search for a place to call home, we all do time on the road. This super-lightweight travel backpack holds everything you need for road trips, hikes or perusing the market, and it stuffs into its own pocket. The main compartment uses a simple drawstring closure to keep gear safe and packed tight. There's also a zippered lid pocket for quick access to smaller items. Exterior mesh pockets hold bottles, shell, gloves, etc. Breathable shoulder straps and a webbing waistbelt distribute the load and keep you comfortable. The lightweight foam back pad can be removed for use as a sitting pad. Made from strong, extremely lightweight 50-denier triple-ripstop nylon with a polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Reinforced with 150-denier polyester (47% recycled) double-weave ShiftLayer.

* Main pocket with cinch drawcord to keep gear safe and secured
* Lid pocket organizes your smaller items for easy access
* Exterior mesh pockets hold bottles, shell, etc
* Breathable shoulder straps and webbing waistbelt
* Back pad can be removed for use as a sit pad
* 50-denier 100% nylon triple ripstop with polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Reinforcements: 150-denier 100% polyester (47% recycled) double-weave ShiftLayer
* 365 g (12.9 oz)

Sieto van der Heide

Locale: The Netherlands
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack on 06/13/2010 11:57:54 MDT Print View

Maybe this is an option: the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack

Its a mix between a stuffbag and a backpack. When not used as daypack its usable as stuffbag in another bag. Empty it compresses down do almost nothing.

For a 20L bag only 70 grams/ 2.5 oz.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Collapsible 20-25l daypack on 06/13/2010 12:02:03 MDT Print View

Marmot Kompressor Plus. A little larger and beefier than the regular Kompressor.

Omri Ben Ari
(omri79) - F
Re: Collapsible 20-25l daypack on 06/13/2010 12:33:00 MDT Print View


the new Marmot Ultra Kompressor is:
Marmot Ultra Kompressor

Weight: 1 lbs 7 oz / 652 g
Volume: 1250 cu in / 20 liters
Main Material: 210d Nylon Double Ripstop
Material: 70d 100% Nylon Double Ripstop
Material: Stretch Mesh 100% Polyester

i think i will bay this bag in the near future its heavier than the Kompressor Plus but its depends on how weight fanatic are you and how offend you will use it as a backpack instead of compression sack with straps...

Edited by omri79 on 06/13/2010 12:36:54 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Patagonia Travel Pack on 06/13/2010 14:59:57 MDT Print View

I like the Pagagonia travel pack -- prettier than the REI one -- but man, three times more expensive! Sigh...

andrew a
(drew2) - F
patagonia on 06/13/2010 15:43:45 MDT Print View

That's always how it is. I really like patagonia gear but the prices are just incredible. I have yet to find a good outlet or discount site for their stuff.

Justin Carter
(orangebananas) - F

Locale: San Francisco East Bay
flash on 06/13/2010 15:49:18 MDT Print View

I'm a big fan of the REI Flash 18

Omri Ben Ari
(omri79) - F
Re: flash on 06/13/2010 16:41:23 MDT Print View

nice pack but not compressible - regular Marmot Kompressor is and sale for 40$
and they are at the same Weight: 10 oz / 283 g
the compressibility is very important when using it as a laundry bag or for clean clothes - save space in the main backpack.

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Scrambler on 06/14/2010 18:52:03 MDT Print View

Yes, I bought it online with a coupon of some sort.

There's one on gear trade too.

I think my favorite feature is the lid. The top pocket is a pretty good size and the zipper is by your neck so it may be a little harder for thieves to get into. The flat pocket underneath the lid is perfect for ID or water purification tablets.

Edited by veriest1 on 06/14/2010 18:57:06 MDT.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
North Face Flyweights on 06/14/2010 19:06:20 MDT Print View

The North Face make a Flyweight Pack and Rucksack. 19 or 32 litres. 310 or 340 grams. RRP $49 or $59

This is the Rucksack

TNF Flyweight

Edited by Rod_Lawlor on 06/14/2010 19:09:07 MDT.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Scrambler pack on 06/14/2010 19:09:26 MDT Print View


I have this pack in new condition. I would sell it shipped for 40.00. PM or

Thanks Jim

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Ditto on 06/14/2010 19:32:55 MDT Print View

The Nemo Ditto Backpack looks interesting as well.

Edited by veriest1 on 06/14/2010 19:42:02 MDT.

riga marol
(rigamarol) - F
hammock bliss on 08/31/2010 22:57:15 MDT Print View

i have the hammock bliss day pack. I picked it over the flash18 because I saw it on sale for significantly less, it was lighter, i prefer the mes pockets for water bottls, and it folds into its own pocket. I turn it inside out and use it as a sleepingbag stuff sack. that way it is always empty when my camp is set up for day excursions.

my only complaint is the color choices... as in their aint any.

Scott Truong

Locale: Vancouver, BC
MLD Burn. on 09/01/2010 03:13:49 MDT Print View

It's not cheap, and is a roll-top (why zipper) but it looks good. In one of the photos on the site, it shows how you can compress it w/the bungee cords into something somewhat palm sized. The functionality of the pack is awesome w/the big mesh back pocket.


It carries really well, either stuffed to the gills and heavy or with very little in it. I had 2 liters of water in a platy, an 11oz rain jacket, camera and a bit of food in this picture. It also carried all my gear (Double Rainbow, quilt etc) for a 3 day trip in the main body the day before. I travel often as well, the compressibility was one reason I bought it. I'm about 5'7".


As another mentioned, Zpacks would be good too. Again not cheap but Joe is a pretty nice guy. And the cuben would likely compress down even more and be lighter.

Dyneema-X is pretty durable. The Burn is a wicked pack if you can wait the 5 weeks. Sorry for the big pics, couldn't figure out how to downsize. And yes.. bears scare me.

Edited by elf773 on 09/01/2010 03:32:15 MDT.