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Looking to purchase a new day pack

I’m looking to purchase a new day pack to replace the two that my grandsons (both 12 years old) have acquisition for themselves. Granted no argument from me since both packs were 40 and 30 plus years old and still in great shape. 

I’m looking at the Mystery Ranch Scree 32. I would love to entertain any and all suggestions, and any reviews of the Mystery Ranch Scree 32 would be most welcomed. I have younger grandchildren that love to hike with me, and thus I tend to carry a bit more than usual for them and their comfort. 

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I would say that as long as you like the fit of that one and it holds all of the gear you need there is nothing wrong with it.

I have used my son's old school bookbags (cheap packs) around the metro parks.  And, I have for work a tactical (sort of assault labelled) ~40L pack that I ordered off of Amazon (fairly cheap about $30-40 or maybe a bit under).

You could also check out some of the review sites (OutdoorGearLab | The World's Best Outdoor Product Reviews, REI YouTube, etc.) for a bit more information.

Of course, you could always visit an REI store (or other outdoor dear store) and check out all of the options.



@GunnyMike - I use the North Face Recon day pack , and it's great. Smaller than the Scree. After I bought it I started going on more guided hikes in the local state parks, and realized all the NC State Parks rangers I saw were carrying the same pack. So those pros must have a good reason for liking it.

To me it's the perfect size. It carries the ten essentials and a few extra items, and the water bottle pockets are deep enough that my Nalgene OTF bottles don't fall out. If I heard North Face was going to stop making this one, I'd definitely go out and buy another and keep it in storage in case something happened to my current one.

I recommend taking what you carry to an REI store (or your local outfitter) and trying a few packs out with that.

Personally I think the Mystery Ranch Y zip thing is a bit gimmicky but a vertical zip can provide more convenient access to a full pack. I'm not really sure if it has side pockets you can put water bottles in which would be a deal breaker for me.

If you are carrying a fair amount of stuff you may want to look at the REI Trail 40

and REI Traverse 32

both of which are sized packs with light duty internal frames and have a proper hip belt which can make long days more comfortable...  the Trial is a bit more travel oriented with its full length opening where the Traverse is a bit more technical with better compression, its traditional "brain" and very good bottle side pockets.  The new model also has a vertical side zip for more convenient interior access