Hi All! I need a new daypack and want a 20-30L that's reservoir-compatible, has a few extra pockets for snack-holding/easy organization, and can fit underneath the seat in front of me on an airplane with a little smushing. I'm currently torn between the Osprey Daylite Plus and the REI Trail 25 Pack and would love to hear from anyone who has used either - tell me what you love and what annoys about the pack! And of course if you have a pack you love with similar specs that I'm overlooking, I'd love to hear about it too. Thanks in advance!
The REI Traverse 32 is worth a look. I have the previous 35 version and even though REI removed some of the better features to reduce the weight it still appears to be a good large daypack that has good compression options. The suspension system was also redesigned so my recommemdation only goes as far as "take a look."
We have use Trail 40s for travel carry on and they are good for that. Personally I don't think the design is as good as the Traverse for hiking.
I also have a Traverse 35 and I am happy with it - lots of good organizational possibilities. But it is definitely not the only one available.
I just bought the Gregory Zulu 30 last Fall as my new day pack and I couldn't be happier. Lots of pockets to keep me organized, compatible with water bladders up to 3L, and has an included rain cover. Oddly enough, the one thing I enjoy most about it is the one thing I didn't really care about when I got it - the glasses tie down on the left shoulder strap. I can safely carry my sunglasses when I don't need them and they're within easy reach when I do.
Carries the weight very well and the floating mesh panel keeps my back ventilated in the Summer.
Thanks, I'll add that to my growing list of packs to check out! As a light-eyed person I always have sunglasses and could see myself loving that tie-down feature you mention when it gets overcast!
Hi @KelleyBeth A little late to the party, but I'm in total agreement with @OldGuyot & @hikermor regarding the Traverse series. I have a 35 which I love. I also have an Osprey Stratos 28 which is very comparable, but slightly heavier duty, which, of course, makes it heavier. Both carry very well. The only drawback I could see from either for your purposes is that both have a suspended mesh back panel, similar to the Zulu mentioned by @Dad_Aint_Hip . That makes for a better carry, plus the ventilation for your back, but severely limits (negates) its compressibility for underseat storage on a plane.
I've been real happy with my REI Trail 25. So versatile that I can use it in many different environments, not just on a trail doing dayhikes. I've used it travelling, going to the kids sports games, and on the plane.