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Lightweight daypacks from MEC are made to bring everything you need to make the most of your day. Daypacks usually hold 10L to 30L of gear and are designed to carry less than 10kg. Heavier loads are a better match for a backpack with a padded hipbelt.

Trusted backpack names like Patagonia, Deuter, Osprey and MEC Label (our own in-house designs) are sturdy and comfortable for whatever you have in store – bike commuting to work, heading to the climbing gym, or even hiking up to a viewpoint with a full charcuterie board.

Types of daypacks at MEC

Most daypacks are versatile enough for any adventure, but packs designed for specific activities offer details that make a difference.

Daypacks for hiking have mesh panels for breathability and enough room for the 10 essentials. Mountain biking packs hold the load close to your body for better balance. Ultralight travel daypacks are easy to stash in a bigger bag and meet most carry-on rules.

And the kids’ daypacks we carry aren’t just smaller versions of adult packs – they’re specifically designed to keep young explorers comfortable and safe while hauling extra layers and rock collections.

What to look for in a daypack

A high-quality daypack has adjustable straps, durable fabric and reinforced seams. A wide opening and variety of pockets make it easy to organize and access your gear.

Other key features you might like are a hydration reservoir sleeve, padded pockets for your laptop, and reflective details for visibility after dark.