Deuter Futura 28
I looked at Osprey and Deuter and the Deuter fits my body much better. Fantastic pack for 1-2 day hikes. The build quality is excellent, it is easy to use, has lots of storage, is very comfortable for the back and I love the airflow in between the pack and my back. Highly recommended.
Great for day & overnight trips!
After some heavy duty research, settled on the Futura 28 for a two week trip to Alaska. Choice was based on excellent quality, comfort, durability, style, and flexibility of design allowing me not only to shlep multiple layers of clothes but also to cary some delicate camera equipment safely and comfortably. Depending on circumstances, divided pack into lower and upper wit a sipper main compartment - which was VERY helpful in staying organized - as well as loaded side pockets with stuff I may need on a moments notice (like bear spray?!) to the everyday like water bottles and snacks. Rain cover proved helpful - it rained pretty much every day for 2 weeks - though the pack material is pretty water repellant for light drizzle. Pack also proved very comfortable - pressure points hit me just on the right spots - and I can forgo using waist belt when not needed without them dangling all around or bulking up on lower back. Now back in Los Angeles, airy mesh ventilation is a welcomed relief from hot days. Also manage to use the pack for some travel as the pockets allow for easy organization of laptop (in water sleeve), glasses, docs, electronics, layers, snacks, water, etc. Should also prove a great pack when skiing where you can use the side straps to hold poles or skis securely in place. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend Deuter's Futura 28!
a great day bag
Am hiking the Inca Trail in July and was looking for a nice day pack that provided ventilation across the back and was roomy enough for rain gear and misc extra layers. This pack fits the bill.