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Re: Best daypack ever?

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Best daypack ever?
July 12, 2011 11:14AM
The most useful item in our backpack might be something we orignally thought was a complete waste of time. I was visiting the wine regions of Spain, and in the Rioja Alavesa they gave me a very simple little black nylon bag that wasn't much bigger than a single sheet of paper. The drawstrings on the bag not ony closed it up, but they attached to the corners and were long enough to serve as shoulder straps if you wanted to carry the thing like a backpack. It doesn't weigh three ounces.

Which is the only reason that I threw it into my suitcase and hauled it home. In fact, somehow I ended up with two of these.

Because it was so light, I used one as a stuff bag for my down jacket for a while...and it worked great. The combination also made a pretty nice pillow to sleep on, especially when wrapped in a soft fleece jacket. So it became part of our gear for most trips.

And then on one trip, I realized that it was the prefect size to use to pump water. You know the exercise: take four or five bottles of water and the pump down to the river or lake....pump the water into all the bottles...and then figure out how to carry and juggle all those bottles back to camp. Well, it all fits into the little black nyon bag perfectly.

In Emigrant Wilderness, we used it as a daypack to carry our lunch and water for a day hike to Kole Lake and beyond...which is what it was originally intended for, and it worked just fine!

When our pump got clogged on a (muddy) spring trip to Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, we used this little black bag to help us melt snow for water, laying it in the sun with a pot full of snow inside.

And on this last trip to Mono Creek, we were pumping water from the creek while standing in snow. That water was ice cold, and my wife left a few of the water bottles in this little black bag afterwards. When the sun hit them, we quickly discovered that our little black bag had turned our clear plastic water bottles into a very effective and nicely warm sun shower. We used the warm water to wash off a bit...and also to reduce the amount of gas we needed to heat our dinner.

And the bag seems to be pretty waterproof, so now I use one inside his back, up against my back to serve as a moisture barrier between my sweaty back and the contents of my pack.

OK--we've lost track of how many uses this thing has...all for three ounces...but we now carry both of them on every hike. And we are on the lookout for more!

Check our our website: http://www.backpackthesierra.com/
Or just read a good mystery novel set in the Sierra; https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Falling-Rocks-Paul-Wagner/dp/0984884963
avatar Re: Best daypack ever?
July 16, 2011 01:04AM
The Golden State Warriors have given away for free a similar mini daypack as you described. It's white with the new Warriors logo. I have two or three of them, I think.

The San Francisco Giants gave a away something similar in the 2009 season but a tad bit larger with one large main compartment (that you use the drawstrings to close) and a smaller compartment on the side (that you close with the zipper).
Re: Best daypack ever?
July 16, 2011 07:37AM
Quick! Cut out that zipper! It's extra weight!

Check our our website: http://www.backpackthesierra.com/
Or just read a good mystery novel set in the Sierra; https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Falling-Rocks-Paul-Wagner/dp/0984884963
Re: Best daypack ever?
July 16, 2011 11:18AM
Big 5 Sporting Goods store has them, but they are not located in the backpack section. They stock probably 10 different styles; some complex, some basic.
Yes, these items are often found at sporting events or racetrack events. I have two which are the basic one-layer of black (it must be) nylon. It works fine for carrying super light loads. The grommets will eventually pop out on you. The interior of the bag is full of hundreds of long, loose threads, which is a minor annoyance. I have another, which is more heavy duty and has a different woven nylon pattern towards the bottom of the bag, and that is fine. Just don't expect to carry a textbook or two in it. The grommets will break, I guarantee you. Once that happens, the whole bag tends to go to...

Anyway, junky little bag where reliability isn't concerned, and I certainly wouldn't turn one down if it was free. Big 5 will have many for you to choose smiling smiley.
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