It can be quite a challenge finding the best daypack for the trail. For a start, there is an almost bewildering amount of choice.
Then you need to take into account the capacity, features and comfort levels of each respective daypack. What’s more, we don’t all have the same needs and what’s best for one person may be far from ideal for the next.
So, to help make things easier, we’ve taken a look at a huge number of different daypacks to come up with the following selection. We’ve done our very best to be as inclusive as possible, so while you’ll find top-level, premium hiking daypacks, you’ll also find budget options that can also be suitable for general travel and leisure alike.
Whether you’re looking for a daypack to explore the fringes of the backcountry or to accompany you down your local rails-to-trail hike, there’s an ideal match for all needs and budgets in our top daypacks for women picks.
#1 Osprey Sirrus 24
- AirSpeed – suspended back mesh panel for superior ventilation
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
- Integrated and detachable raincover
- Hipbelt with zippered pockets
- Covered by Osprey’s All Mighty lifetime guarantee
- Larger phones won’t fit in hipbelt pockets
- Need to empty top pocket for hydration sleeve access
Osprey Sirrus 24 Pack Features Summary:
- Adjustable AirSpeed™ ventilated trampoline suspended mesh backpanel
- Adjustable torso length
- Designed for women
- Integrated & detachable raincover
- Internal hydration sleeve
- Internal key attachment clip
- Side compression straps
- Single ice ax loop
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle
- Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment
- Twin zippered hip belt pockets
- Vertical centred zippered pocket
- Zippered panel access
- Gear capacity: 24 liters (1,465 cubic inches)
- Weight: 2 lbs. 9 oz.
- Material: Nylon, LightWire alloy frame
- Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 12 inches / 49 x 30 x 30 cms
Best Uses: Day hiking, general use
At 24 liters, the Osprey Sirrus has the space for everything you might need during your average day hike, while keeping your load compact. Made from 210 denier nylon with a ripstop 420 denier bottom, this pack is designed with durability in mind.
It also comes complete with an integrated, detachable raincover, so you can quickly get it covered in the event of a sudden downpour. It is a little on the heavy side, however, its comfort and padding make the extra weight less noticeable.
Available in just one size, the Sirrus is adjustable by up to four inches, allowing for optimal adjustment. The padded hipbelt is effective at transferring weight to your center of gravity, offsetting some of that extra weight.
The shoulder straps are extremely comfortable with plenty of padding. One of this backpack’s main advantages is its suspended open mesh panel that keeps air circulating along your back preventing a buildup of perspiration. It also ensures that any bulky items sitting in your pack don’t hamper your movement or dig into your back.
The Sirrus 24 has all of the features you need and more in a daypack. Aside from the handy raincover, there are also side and top compression straps which are especially useful when you’re taking shorter hikes with less gear.
If you use trekking poles, you’ll probably already be familiar with Osprey’s renowned Stow-on-the-Go pole attachment system, allowing you to quickly and easily stow and access your poles.
In addition, there is also an ice ax holder loop, five external pockets and a hydration bladder sleeve. So, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes down to organizing your gear. As an Osprey product, it is covered by the All Mighty lifetime guarantee for repair or replacement.
On the whole we were thoroughly impressed with this daypack’s comfort, feature set and adjustability. If you are thinking of purchasing this daypack, just be aware that the hipbelt pockets are too small for most larger model phones.
Another slight issue is the location of the hydration bladder means that you’ll need to empty the stash pocket above it in order to access it for refilling.
However, these slight imperfections do not detract from this daypack’s excellent construction, functionality and performance.
#2 Gregory Jade 28
- CrossFlo Suspension – ventilation & breathability
- Enhanced lumbar foam layering
- Trekking pole/ice ax attachment system
- Integrated rain cover
- Dual hip belt pockets
- On the large side for your average day hike
- U-shaped zipper can make bottom-of-pack access difficult
Gregory Mountain Jade 28 Pack Features Summary:
- Full body U-zip main opening
- Dual side stretch mesh pockets
- Adjustable attachment loop
- Custom fitted raincover
- Oversized hipbelt pockets
- Sunglass quickstow system
- Front heavy duty stretch mesh stash pocket
- Bottom side compression with pass through for uninhibited use of the side mesh pocket
- Zippered top pocket with reflective webbing attachment loops for finding your pack at night
- Custom Comfort Grip molded zipper pulls
- Sternum strap buckle with integrated safety whistle
- Gear capacity: 28 liters
- Weight: 1.17 kg
- Material: Body: 210D Honeycomb Cryptorip HD Nylon & 210D High Tenacity Nylon; Base: 630D High Density Nylon / 420D High Density Nylon; Harness / hipbelt: Dual-Density Lifespan EVA Foam; Lining:
135D high-density embossed polyester
- Dimensions: 20 x 60 x 35 cm
Best Uses: Day hiking, camping, travel, general use
The Gregory Mountain Jade 28-liter backpack is made from a robust 210 denier nylon, making it hard wearing and durable. At 28 liters it provides all the capacity, and possibly more, that you need for a day’s hiking.
Although it is on the bigger side for your average day hike, if you pack light it could be a good overnighter or a good choice for a day if you need a lot of gear or are expecting tougher weather.
Thanks to its extra capacity and comfort it’s also a good choice for hiking with kids, giving you the extra space for added clothes, snacks and even the odd toy.
The Jade 28L is available in two sizes and is a comfortable fit. The weight suspension provided by the internal frame transfers weight down to your hips, so you can pack those extras without struggling.
The CrossFlo suspension system also uses a layer of mesh, allowing air to flow between your back and your pack preventing you from getting hot and sweaty. Both the hip belt and the shoulder straps are comfortable with plenty of extra padding.
The Jade 28L has plenty of features, including no less than seven exterior pockets. This includes an extremely useful front stash stuff-it pocket which also provides a top compression buckle, as well as two easy-access large hipbelt pockets.
Crossover side compression straps allow you to cinch down this pack when you’re not using it at full capacity and the integrated rain cover pulls out in a flash.
There are also trekking pole attachment points that double as ice ax loops and in case you were wondering, this backpack is also hydration bladder compatible.
One thing we were less keen on, is the main compartment U-shaped zippered access. As the zipper only reaches halfway down each side of the pack, it can make access a little on the tight side when you need to reach items at the bottom of your pack.
Although this pack may be a little roomier and heavier than your average day hike needs, it is a fantastically comfortable backpack that makes an excellent choice for slightly longer hiking trips or when you need to carry extra equipment or supplies.
#3 CamelBak Sequoia 22
- Air support back panel
- S-shaped shoulder straps
- Dual wing cargo hipbelt
- Comes with Crux 3L reservoir
- Covered by the Bak Lifetime Guarantee
- No rain cover included
- Not very adjustable
Camelbak Sequoia 22 Pack Features Summary:
- Women specific design
- 3L CRUX™ Reservoir: Faster flow rate
- Air Support™ Back Panel: Innnovative air tunnels maximize ventilation
- Dual Wing Belt: Seamlessly integrated cargo compression offers a variety of options for additional essentials storage
- Stretch Overflow Pocket: Quickly stash or shed a layer or rain shell
- Trekking Pole Carry: Easily attach and remove poles
- Soft-Lined Pocket: Keep sunglasses or electronics safe and easy to access
- Side-Stretch Pockets: Extra storage when you need it
- Adjustable Sternum Strap: Comfortable fit for a wide variety of chest sizes
- Features a Load Bearing Hip Belt
- Gear capacity: 19L / 1150 cu in
- Weight: 1.0 kg / 2 lbs 3 oz
- Dimensions: 50 x 30 x 26.5 cm / 19.7 x 11.8 x 10.4 in
Best Uses: Day hiking, camping, general outdoor use
Made from a durable 200 denier nylon with ripstop 400 denier high-use area patches, the Sequoia 22 is designed to last through even the toughest of your outdoor adventures.
The updated 2018 Sequoia 22 by CamelBak is one the most comfortable daypacks on the market, specially designed for women.
The 22 liter capacity is a decent size for your average day hiking needs, while the exterior mesh pocket allows you to pack in a few extras if needs be.
Few other daypacks rival the comfort and fit of the Sequoia 22. Its specially formed, S-shaped shoulder straps are designed to work with, not against, the contours of your body.
Aside from the enhanced fit, both the straps and lumbar area offer exceptionally comfortable padding. Although the Sequoia does have ventilation along the back to help keep you cool, understandably with extra padding and no internal frame, you do get less air flow.
So, for extra comfort and padding the Sequoia is your best option, however, if you prefer extra ventilation and slightly less padding, you may be better off with the Sirrus 24.
The Sequoia 22 has plenty of useful features, although it does not come with a rain cover. You can, however, purchase one at an additional cost. Seeing as this is one of the more expensive models, we would have expected this to have been included in the price, although there is 3L Crux reservoir that comes with this pack.
We were particularly impressed with the separate insulated and zippered pocket for your hydration bladder, keeping it protected and cool. The hip-belt has cargo zippered pockets that are large enough to accommodate all of your essentials, including bulky cell phones.
There’s also a handy stretch overflow pocket on the front that’s ideal for stashing extra layers or rainwear. Other features include easy access trekking pole stow points, numerous internal and external pockets as well as a magnetic trap to keep your hydration tube secure.
For a comfortable day’s hiking with optimized cushioning and an unbeatable hydration bladder system, we thoroughly recommend the Sequoia 22.
However, it does lack adjustability, so if it is not quite a perfect fit for your body, you might be better off with another more adjustable model such as the Jade or the Sirrus.
#4 Deuter Futura Pro 34 SL
- Aircomfort Sensic mesh back system for enhanced ventilation
- Conical-shaped Variflex hipbelt and S-shaped harness
- Spring frame transfers load to center of gravity
- Integrated, detachable raincover
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Larger than needed for an average day hike
Deuter Futura Pro 34 SL Pack Features Summary:
- Women specific design
- Patented Aircomfort Sensic Pro ergonomic back system
- Padded Variflex hipbelt pivots at the center of your lower back
- Spring steel wire design combined with a horizontal stay effectively transfers load weight to your hips
- Height and width adjustable chest strap; load-adjustment straps at shoulders provide stability
- Pull-Forward construction makes the hipbelt easy to fasten and tighten even with heavier loads
- Extendable 10-liter pack collar adds optional volume expansion
- Top lid pocket holds your map, compass or GPS, spare batteries and other small equipment items
- Interior valuables pocket secures important items
- Front stash pocket and large bellowed side pockets help organize gear
- Dual zippered pockets on hipbelt
- Side compression straps cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying
- Attachment points allow you to lash trekking poles and ice tools to pack exterior
- Integrated, removable raincover protects pack contents
- Top-loading main compartment features zippered front access and a 3-liter reservoir sleeve with a drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately)
- SOS label
- Gear capacity: 34 liters / 2074 cubic inches
- Weight: 3 lbs. 7 oz.
- Material: Body: Dynajin 210-denier nylon/closed-cell foam
- Dimensions: 68 x 28 x 24 cms / 27 x 11 x 9 inches
Best Uses: Day hiking, light backpacking, camping
The Deuter Futura Pro 34 liter SL (Slimline) version has been specifically designed for women. While its 34 liter capacity may be larger than your average daypack needs, if you’re looking to carry a lot of equipment or supplies for the whole family, then this makes for a perfect size.
Made from a strong rip-stop nylon with plenty of pockets and features, the Futura Pro is made to stand up to even the harshest hiking environments whilst providing outstanding comfort.
For its larger size, the Futura Pro remains one of the most comfortable backpacks we’ve reviewed. Its S-shaped shoulder harness and pivoting, conical-shaped Variflex hipbelt are designed to accommodate your curves and provide extra ease of movement.
The chest strap is both height and width adjustable, making it easy to achieve a customized fit. While the extra padding provides great cushioning, the internal spring frame effectively transfers weight down to your hips and center of gravity.
Comfort is also greatly enhanced by improved ventilation and breathability from the Aircomfort Sensic mesh back system, preventing your back from getting hot and sweaty.
As you might expect from such a high quality backpack, there are plenty of features including eight internal and exterior pockets, in addition to the main compartment.
Our favorite features include: hiking pole and accessory attachment loops, a large stretch front pocket, handy for extra layers, dual zippered hipbelt pockets and the integrated detachable raincover.
This backpack is also hydration bladder compatible. Side compression straps help to keep the Futura compact when you’re not using it at its full capacity, which is more than likely on your average day hike.
The only real negative is that the Futura Pro is pretty heavy for just a daypack and with all of the extra space, unless you need a lot of extra equipment or are carrying for multiple persons, then you could be better off selecting a more compact model.
However, when you need the extra space, for whatever reason, the Futura Pro is undoubtedly one of the top, most comfortable backpacks around.
#5 Gregory Sula 24
- Suspended mesh back panel
- Side extendible mesh pockets
- Side and bottom compression straps with quick-release buckles
- Dual zippered hipbelt pockets
- Internal hydration sleeve with hose management
- No rain cover included
- Angular bottom section means it tips over when placed down
Gregory Sula 24 Pack Features Summary:
- EVAP moisture wicking technology: Incredibly cool and comfortable back panel performance in all weather conditions
- Breathable cushioned straps: Ultra-cush shoulder harness with top tier EVA foam and ventilated design for long lasting comfort
- Internal hydration sleeve: With SpeedClip integration system for easy use with Gregory’s 3D Hydro Reservoir
- Stretch mesh storage pockets: Front & side stretch mesh pockets for quick access to water bottles and an extra layer
- Zippered mesh accessory pocket and key clip located inside main pocket
- Bottom compression straps with surface mounted quick-release buckles
- Dual zippered hipbelt pockets
- Side-pull 38mm hipbelt adjustment
- Side stretch mesh pockets
- Accessory pocket
- Sunglass stash on shoulder harness
- Safety light lash
- Gear capacity: 24 liters / 2074 cubic inches
- Weight: 2.16 lbs
- Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 8 inches
Best Uses: Day hiking, camping, travel, general use
The Gregory Sula 24-liter backpack is made with a durable 210 denier nylon outer fabric and an internal frame. At 24 liters you’ll have plenty of space for all of your essentials and more.
Unfortunately, due to its tapered off design, this backpack does have a tendency to fall over when placed down. While this doesn’t detract from its performance, it is something to bear in mind, especially in damp, muddy conditions.
The Sula 24 fits fairly well, and it is available in other sizes e.g. 28 L. It doesn’t have as much adjustability as other packs, so it can be a little hit-and-miss, either it fits you or it doesn’t.
For comfort, there is a suspended mesh panel that helps to keep the air circulating between your back and your backpack. The hipbelt and the shoulder straps are comfortably padded and if the backpack is a good length for your torso it has a comfortable, ergonomic fit.
Feature wise, the Sula 24 has everything you need, although we would have liked to see a rain cover included. This backpack is hydration bladder compatible and includes hose management features.
The shoulder straps also feature a useful sunglass stash. The main compartment has plenty of space and the padded hipbelt contains two pockets for your essentials. Webbing keepers prevent the side and bottom compression straps from dangling.
While the Sula 24 is a good, compact daypack, for the price, there are plenty of other models available and we feel that for what it is, it is slightly overpriced.
However, if it fulfils your day hiking needs and is a good fit for your body, then it makes a great choice. Although, if you’re hesitating, you could go for greater comfort and suspension for not that much more in terms of price.
#6 REI Co-Op Trail 25 Pack
- Padded mesh covered back and straps
- HDPE framesheet for structure and load support
- Internal hydration bladder sleeve and tube port
- Raincover with dedicated storage pocket
- Trekking pole attachments that double as ice ax loops
- No rain cover included
- Thin strap hipbelt
REI Co-Op Trail 25 Pack Features Summary:
- Contoured foam in the harness provides a women-specific fit
- Included raincover stows in its own zip pocket
- U-shaped panel with 2 zipper sliders offers quick access to gear and total access when fully open
- Padded, mesh-covered straps and back are cool and comfortable
- Internal HDPE framesheet adds structure and helps shield your back from protruding gear
- Side mesh pocket with elastic closure offers quick access
- Lid has a zip pocket on the underside for your keys and valuables
- Special fasteners on the back hold trekking-pole tips down low and pole shafts up high
- Pack has an inner sleeve and tube port for a hydration reservoir (reservoir sold separately)
- Waist strap can be removed; you can also add an REI Trail 2 Waistpack (sold separately) for more storage
- Gear capacity: 25 liters / 1,525 cubic inches
- Weight: 1.15 lbs
- Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 7.5 inches
- Material: Nylon Frame: HDPE framesheet
Best Uses: Day hiking, travel, camping, general use
The REI Trail 25 backpack for women is a good versatile pack that is a great choice for anyone looking for an inexpensive backpack for hiking.
Its 25-liter capacity makes it an ideal size for a long day’s trek, although if you tend to cover many miles with more than just the bare essentials, then you may prefer another model.
Comfort wise, the Trail 25 could do better. While it’s fine for light loads and short hikes, if you’re planning on hiking with a fully loaded pack, then you will probably find that the thin webbing hipbelt leaves most of the weight pulling back on your shoulders.
While the shoulder straps are padded and the HDPE frame sheet adds structure, we really don’t recommend this pack for carrying more than the lightest of loads for a few hours.
The mesh covered back section does provide some ventilation, however, it is not as effective as some of the framed models with ventilation corridors built in.
The Trail 25 comes with all of the features you’ll need for a short hike and provided that’s all you’re looking to do with it, it will serve you well.
Featuring trekking poles attachment points that can also accommodate an ice ax, a rain cover with its own dedicated storage and five pockets in addition to the main compartment, the Trail 25 has all the essentials covered.
There is also an internal hydration bladder sleeve and tube port. This daypack offers plenty of options for strapping on additional gear with dual daisy chains sewn down the front.
While the Trail 25 is a nice, lightweight option, it really is only suitable for short hikes with light loads. That said, if you are looking for an inexpensive backpack for short day hikes without carrying much, then this would be an ideal choice for you.
However, if you’re looking to carry a little more or for a daypack you could load up and use on the occasional overnighter, then you should look at another model with a fully functional, padded hipbelt.
#7 Teton Sports Oasis 1100
- Mesh back panel for improved ventilation
- Adjustable shoulder, chest and hip straps
- Integrated rain cover
- Includes 2L hydration bladder
- Multiple compression straps
- No padding on hipbelt
- Poor quality zippers
Teton Sports Oasis 1100 Pack Features Summary:
- 18-Liter day pack that comes with its own 2-Liter hydration bladder
- Lightweight, durable, kink-free sip tube and innovative push-lock cushioned bite valve
- Large 2-inch (5 cm) opening for ice that also makes cleaning easy
- Adjustable shoulder, chest, and waist band
- Shock-absorbing chest strap
- Waist Belt: Expandable up to 60″ (152 cm)
- Gear capacity: 18 L (1100 cubic inches)
- Weight: Unfilled: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
- Material: Shell: Honeycomb Ripstop | 600D PU
Best Uses: Day hiking, travel, cycling, general use
The Teton Sports Oasis has an 18-liter capacity making it suitable for short day hikes or long all-day hikes if you don’t tend to pack much gear.
It is made from a 600 denier PU fabric, which makes it fairly weather resistant, although when it rains you will need to use the integrated, sewn-in raincover. Bear in mind that PU fabrics tend to be less durable than nylon fabrics of a lower denier.
So, this is not going to be an extremely durable backpack that will last for years.
As this is an inexpensive, one-size-fits-all backpack, it cannot really compete with the majority of backpacks priced over three times its price. However, even though it is not specifically tailored for women, it does feature adjustable shoulder, chest and hip straps for a customizable fit.
As there is no frame or structure to the backpack, you will feel whatever you put in it against your back. The mesh back panel does provide limited ventilation, although this is understandably nothing like the air flow from a framed backpack with an air circulation mesh corridor.
The hipbelt is very much just a strap, with no padding.While the hipbelt ensures that the backpack doesn’t bounce about so much, it does not aid in transferring any weight to your hips, so your shoulders will take all of the weight.
If you’re just looking for a light backpack for carrying a very light load, this could be still suitable for your needs though.
Feature wise, this budget backpack comes with a two-liter hydration bladder. It has an integrated raincover, multiple compression straps and several zippered compartments and pockets.
The main compartment is full length and the front pocket also features a bungee cord system where you can attach various items as needed. Unfortunately, while some of the zippers feature storm guards, the zipper quality itself is not first rate and they do not appear very durable.
While this daypack has plenty of shortcomings, it is inexpensive and if you are taking a one-off short hike it will definitely serve its purpose. However, if you’re planning on hiking regularly with it, you would be better off purchasing a more comfortable daypack.
For lightweight travelling or the occasional short hike though, it could be a good choice. It’s also has the top slot for our best budget daypack for women.
#8 Hikpro 20L Backpack
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- Adjustable shoulder straps
- Very lightweight
- Double fabric bottom
- Folds up into its own inner pocket for storage
- Water resistant
- No structured panels or frame
- No chest strap or hipbelt
Hikpro 20L Pack Features Summary:
- Minimalist design, ultra-lightweight, reduced excess shoulder load
- Weight: 7.5 Oz
- Gear Capacity: 20L internal Space
- Three zippered compartments
- Two large sides mesh pockets for water bottles
- Made with high quality water resistant nylon material – stays dry for 40 minutes – 1 hour in the rain
- Comfortable wide breathable mesh shoulder straps
- Tear resistant and durable
- Double fabric at the bottom, reinforced more than 14 places with Bartack process for extra strength
- Five-Year Warranty and you can buy with confidence
- Gear Capacity: 20L Internal Space
- Weight: 7.5 Oz
- Material: Nylon
Best Uses: Light day hiking, travel, city visits, general use
This 20-liter backpack from Hikepro is a budget, lightweight backpack that has the capacity for all of your day hiking needs. It is made from a lightweight, water resistant fabric, which is doubled at the bottom for enhanced durability.
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Considering its low price and lack of hiking specific features, this backpack would be suited to traveling with short hikes, possibly not out into the wilderness though! However, for short hikes in well maintained areas, this backpack could be useful.
While it is lightweight, this backpack could be uncomfortable fully loaded and it has no hip belt or chest strap. As it folds up into its own pocket, there is no frame or structure.
This leaves you feeling everything you pack inside directly against your back. If you just want to pack some waterproofs and a light layer for an hour’s stroll then this backpack will be great.
Just note that there is no rain cover, although the fabric is water resistant so you should be fine using it in the damp. The shoulder straps are adjustable giving you the ability to customize your fit a little.
If you are looking for an inexpensive backpack that you can foldaway for light, very occasional use, then this backpack would make a good bargain buy. However, if you are intending to head off on a full day’s hiking, then we recommend spending a bit more and opting for a more hiking specific model.
Finding the best daypacks for women can be a little overwhelming given the huge amount of choice available.
When you’re looking for a new daypack it’s important to pick a model that is correctly sized for your body, so make sure you check out the specific measurements and measuring guides provided by the manufacturer.
If you have difficulty finding a daypack that fits, there are options available with extra adjustability.
Aside from the fit, you’ll also need to consider your comfort level. This is also dictated by what kind of load you want to be carrying, and in what kind of conditions, as well as distances.
For example if you frequently go hiking in the heat, over long distances, you’ll need to carry plenty of water and you’ll really appreciate the extra breathability from an air corridor along your back with a good internal frame and padded hipbelt.
Alternatively you may need a good waterproof rain cover and space for an ice ax, if your winter day hikes are more of the extreme cold type. Check out our daypack buying guide for further advice on what to look for when choosing a daypack.
Whatever your needs are, be sure to thoroughly explore all of the features on offer and verify that your daypack will still provide you with optimal comfort levels, when loaded up to take on your average day hike weight.