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Seeking small, light, compressable backpack for (primarily) urban use.
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E.L. Boston
(El_Jefe) - F

Locale: The Pacific Northwest
Seeking small, light, compressable daypack for (primarily) urban use. on 07/13/2012 11:23:45 MDT Print View

I need a backpack that is lightweight, and stuffs into its own pocket when not in use -- the smaller, the better. Though I intend to use this pack primarily for use about town, it would be nice (though totally unnecessary) bonus if said pack was suitable for one-night UL trips into the bush.

I've found a few that look interesting [like the Patagonia Lightweight Travel pack -- but, ouch, $80?!], but I thought I'd avail myself of the community's experience to avoid a regrettable purchase


Edited by El_Jefe on 07/13/2012 12:14:07 MDT.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
marmot? on 07/13/2012 12:17:19 MDT Print View

Marmot Kompressor is $45, GossamerGear Minimalist is on sale right now for $60, or if you really want minimalist, a GG Riksak is only $30.

Angus A.
(mangus7175) - F

Re: Seeking small, light, compressable daypack for (primarily) urban use. on 07/13/2012 12:32:23 MDT Print View

How about this -

You can find these at Wally World or at a local outfitter.

Daniel Cox
(COHiker) - F

Locale: San Isabel NF
Re: Seeking small, light, compressable daypack for (primarily) urban use. on 07/13/2012 12:33:25 MDT Print View

Patagucci travel pack at for 45

What about the Sea-to-Summit ultrasil?

Julian Bender
(jbphilly) - F
REI flash 18 on 07/13/2012 12:56:37 MDT Print View

I have the REI Flash 18 and it's pretty great for day hikes, although the waist/chest straps are more annoying if you're wearing it around town. It could easily be used for a summer overnighter as well, assuming you find get water on-trail or at camp. Weighs 10oz including a small sit pad that forms the back of the pack when stuffed in.

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
Seeking small, light, compressable backpack on 07/13/2012 13:08:05 MDT Print View

Take a look at the Mountainsmith Scream 25. Pretty much would do everything you are looking for. $48.96 at ebags is a great deal. Also stuffs into its own pocket.

Dale Wambaugh did a very nice review here:

Edited by NomadJack on 07/13/2012 19:56:31 MDT.

TJ Christopher
(Compel) - F
REI Stuff Travel Pack on 07/13/2012 13:34:44 MDT Print View

I think of this as the urban version of the Flash 18.
Advantages for urban use (IMO):
+ I'm more likely to carry a watter bottle in town, there's no hydration sleeve but two external mesh pockets for water bottles
+ Lid style top with zipper pocket means you can store small stuff in the lid and get to it without getting into the main compartment which is more sealed off.
+ No sternum or waist strap hanging about.

Cheap at $30, 22L capacity, packs into it's lid pocket, weighs 10oz on my scale.

Julian Bender
(jbphilly) - F
REI packs on 07/13/2012 16:11:05 MDT Print View

TJ has a better suggestion than mine for urban use. The Flash is great for hiking, but I forgot to mention there's no side pockets for water bottles, which alone makes it not as great for non-hiking uses. They weigh and cost about the same.

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
A couple from LLBean..... on 07/13/2012 18:54:36 MDT Print View

Which has an EXCELLENT return policy.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Montbell Versalite 20L on 07/13/2012 21:11:49 MDT Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 08:03:28 MDT.

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Seeking small, light, compressable daypack for (primarily) urban use. on 07/13/2012 23:00:18 MDT Print View

Actually patagonia has sevral LW packs in it's line at varying price points. Also, the initial price may be steep, but they are really high quality and last a long time. Oh, and their 50% off sale atarts July 18th, so you may find a deal for the pack you want.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Seeking small, light, compressable daypack for (primarily) urban use. on 07/13/2012 23:39:48 MDT Print View

Ignore this suggestion if you are looking for an everyday beater pack.

But if you want a SUL standby in your pocket for the trip home from the store or the occasional overflow of gym clothes:

Sea-to-summit's silnylon pack is 2.4 ounces. I used it on Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in April and I travel on plane trips with it as an overflow / mission-creep bag. About $24 on eBay or at REI. It packs down to the size of a small lime but weighs less.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Arc'teryx Cierzo 35 or 25 on 07/14/2012 09:45:40 MDT Print View

If you want a pack that is tough and tear resistant and holds a lot and packs in it own lid you can't beat the Arc'teryx Cierzo 35. I owned one for a few week and took it back to sport chalet could not fit all my back country gear in it. But it carries 2 grocery bags in it packs down small when not needed. Arc'teryx also makes Cierzo 25 pack.

Mike In Socal
(rcmike) - MLife

Locale: California
Sea to Summit 2.4 oz on 07/14/2012 12:09:10 MDT Print View

TJ Christopher
(Compel) - F
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack on 07/14/2012 15:00:59 MDT Print View

Departmentofgoods.Com has the pack referenced by the OP for $55.30, and I just happened to see it's shown up on steepandcheap a couple times recently for $40. Setup an alert on because it might show up again.

For anyone not aware:
Departmentofgoods.Com is's outlet/clearance Site.
Steepandcheap.Com is's one at a time deal site for blowing out inventory. is a third party site that let's you setup email or text alerts for stuff on steepandcheap.

Glidon Cage
(glidoncage) - F

Locale: Santa monica bay
Seeking small, light, compressable daypack for (primarily) urban use on 07/25/2012 01:14:34 MDT Print View

Try Bergman Luggage online luggage store. They have great range of backpacks for selection. Also, they are running sale at their store which offers huge discounts on well known brands. Recently, I purchased day pack which has 1.1 lbs with 2 year warranty and the price is very low as compared to other online stores. Do check out their store for more details about collection and sale.

Troy Hawkins
(ollyisk) - F - MLife

Locale: Germany
re on 07/25/2012 03:00:05 MDT Print View

The Sea-to-Summit sil pack is great. I carry one around with me for day trips. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it works well for what it is and it packs ridiculously small.

If you want something a little bigger/more robust, the Zpacks Zero might be nice for you. Simple sack, but it's mostly waterproof and extremely light.

re: on 02/11/2013 20:51:15 MST Print View

I too was looking for something similar.
(I am looking to lighten the bag I carry every day to work but just cant feel comfortable beating up a SUL bag on the metro)

Some bags that might be of interest:

like TJ said, REI Flash (18L @ $30)
EMS Packable Pack (20L @ $40)
and as Terry mentioned the Cierzo line is nice.

I have the 18 and at $60 is doubles as my leader pack. Maybe that fits your needs.


Edited by THUNDERHORSE on 02/11/2013 20:56:23 MST.

G Sticks

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Here's another vote for the REI Flash 18 on 02/12/2013 05:11:54 MST Print View

I got one on clearance for $25, I know they show up that low every few months as they rotate colors. My old daypack was super heavy so this has been just the ticket.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Sea to Summit on 02/12/2013 05:58:53 MST Print View

I will +1 on the sea to summit 2.4 ounce one if you want a pack to stow away in a pocket and use once in a while. If you need something more substantial but that doesn't pack as small, the REI Flash 18 is nice (12 ounces) and still packs pretty small. I have not seen the new Flash 22 yet, but it might also be an option.