A small, useful backpack

Posted by: teacher

A small, useful backpack - 05/05/20 07:27 PM

I think a 10-20 liter pack is the sweet spot for activities like outdoor festivals.
Enough room for gear and snacks, a water bottle and even a jacket.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/05/20 09:10 PM

Agreed. The one I use the most when outdoors is an older Camelbak that I think is around 12L. With the hydration bladder full, I have room for a trauma kit, a boo boo kit, a ham radio HT, PSP, knife, sunscreen, bug spray, small multitool and a few other odds and ends, with the main cargo compartment being about half-empty to any accept activity specific items.
Posted by: Phaedrus

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/05/20 10:14 PM

The smallest regular backpacks I have are around 18 or 19L which is a nice size for a day pack. I don't do festivals, just hikes and camping trips. On a day hike I still like to have the minimum stuff I'd need for an overnight stay; to me that's pretty much the definition of a PSK.
Posted by: Burncycle

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/06/20 12:19 AM

Anything more than about 20-23L and I'd want a proper waist belt that takes some of the load, so a small bag like the Trident 20 is about perfect for day trips / overnighters or misc light work IMO.
Posted by: roberttheiii

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/07/20 12:15 PM

Friends swear by this: https://www.rei.com/product/148592/rei-co-op-flash-18-pack
Posted by: gulliamo

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/07/20 01:12 PM

I just ordered this in 10L since it's on sale. I'm a big fan of their bomb-proof products!

https://www.goruck.com/rucksacks/bullet-ruck/
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/07/20 01:23 PM

Originally Posted By: gulliamo
I just ordered this in 10L since it's on sale. I'm a big fan of their bomb-proof products!

https://www.goruck.com/rucksacks/bullet-ruck/


The Bullet is almost the only GoRuck bag I don't own. Very tempting at this price!
Posted by: teacher

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/07/20 10:39 PM

Originally Posted By: roberttheiii

Comes in a variety of colors and prints and in a 22 l version with more features
Posted by: CJK

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/08/20 01:38 PM

Problem is....most 'festivals' now limit things and don't allow more than a woman's clutch size bag.
Posted by: Russ

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/08/20 03:10 PM

Originally Posted By: teacher
Originally Posted By: roberttheiii

Comes in a variety of colors and prints and in a 22 l version with more features


I went with the REI Flash 22. When I compared the two the slightly larger Flash 22 had three exterior pockets besides the main compartment which makes for better organization. Still lightweight and simple.
Posted by: Herman30

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/08/20 08:42 PM

Originally Posted By: CJK
Problem is....most 'festivals' now limit things and don't allow more than a woman's clutch size bag.


What? Why? How is one supposed to carry rain gear then if not a small back pack is allowed.
Posted by: M_a_x

Re: A small, useful backpack - 05/09/20 08:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Herman30
Originally Posted By: CJK
Problem is....most 'festivals' now limit things and don't allow more than a woman's clutch size bag.


What? Why? ...

The main reason given by hosts is security. Small bags make it harder to sneak explosives and guns into the festival. Some even search the small bags before admitting people to the festival. Many festival hosts report how much the vistors accept the security measures. OTOH they complain about about the lack of attendance.
A festival I used to frequent lost me as a customer because of their measures.
As a motorcycle rider I use a 5.11 Rush 12. The backpack offers enough room, is small enough to not be in the way and is ready for using a water bladder.