I’ve had my old hiking daysack since I first ventured into the outside world of hiking and so therefore it’s had a good run and in that time I’ve become more aware of what I want in a daysack. My previous bag was a decent size and actually a bit too big as I never really filled it on an average day out in the mountains. One of my walking partners has a lovely compact bag which made me think that actually I could be better off with a smaller bag too.
I was contacted by independent outdoor retailer e-outdoor to review something off their website so based on the above I chose the Deuter Womens Compact Air EXP 8 SL Daysack.
- Mesh shoulder straps, mesh hip fins with two zipped mesh pockets and Aircomfort Flexlite back system for three sided ventilation
- Stowable helmet flap
- Hydration system compatible with separate bladder compartment, Velcro sealed drinking tube opening and tube line
- Internal organiser and tool mesh pockets
- Expansion feature
- 3M reflectors on hip wings
- Reflective safety light and tube loop
- Zipped front pocket
- Side compression straps also suited for fixing protective pads
- Detachable rain cover
- Material 250D Pocket Rip Nylon
- Capacity: 8L + 2L
Taking on a recent family trip to the Yorkshire Dales I was able to give the bag a decent test on space and comfort.
Firstly I like how it looks, visually speaking it’s very pleasing to the eye with the colour choice of Blueberry and Spring offering a nice change to the boring colours.
The bag fits snug into your body and offers enough packing space for my every day requirements when hiking, although I don’t tend to carry an awful lot anyway but it fitted my basics of waterproofs, 1 extra layer of clothing, lunch and water nicely.
I particularly like the expansion feature allowing you an extra 2L of space if required and the side pockets on the waist strap are a nice addition giving you easy access to small items like sweets, tissues etc.
Even though it’s a compact bag, there’s still room to fit a hydration system should you use one when hiking, but also side pockets if you prefer to carry bottles of drink instead.
There’s a detachable rain cover and a helmet holder (a mesh section located just above the rain cover), I wouldn’t use this as a helmet holder whilst hiking of course but would come in handy should I have a bit of extra clothing, maybe a thicker layer that won’t fit inside that you can then easily attached to the outside of your pack.
The Deuter Womens Compact Air EXP 8 SL Daysack is currently available on the e-outdoor website for a reasonable £58.95 with Free UK delivery.