Ultralight Day Packs Keep Pack Weight Down

A light daypack is an essential piece of equipment for the light backpacker.
Kiva Designs Key Chain Backpack
I’ve taken many, many three-day loop trips that involve two overnights and 8-10 miles of day hiking wearing your pack. That’s great except for one thing: you’re wearing your pack the whole time. Even an ultralight pack is still a weight on your back.

More and more of my backpacks involve hiking to a campsite and then taking long day hikes to explore the area. My companions The Duke, Wild Bill and I load up our sandwiches, windbreakers and water in Duke’s ultralight daypack and head out. In the Caribou Wilderness, for example, we hiked in 4 miles to a great camp, then took 10-12 mile day trips.
Kiva Designs Key Chain Backpack Open
The Duke’s wife found his daypack years ago, but couldn’t remember where she got it. My wife finally found one for me the other day in a Bed Bath & Beyond. From my web search it appears they are mostly sold in luggage shops.

The Kiva “key chain backpack” weighs just 2 ounces and is four inches wide by 3 inches high. Unzip it and you have a 612 cc daypack. Cost: $10. It was a great find. A feather on my back.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

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