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Ultralight Daypack, or Travel-Friendly Packable Daypack?

Ultralight bags -- the kind that fold up into unbelievably small dimensions that can hang from your keychain -- are super cool. Until you realize they were designed for hikers, not travelers, and that spells trouble for your trip.

Tons of Sacrifices at Your Expense

When a designer creates a daypack bag with one big goal -- to be ultralight -- he’s faced with tons of hard decisions. Like: what padding to eliminate, if the shoulder straps can be made with less support, or how much more can we take out of the back panel so the bag packs smaller?

That’s awesome if you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail and carrying everything on your back. But what if your hiking path is really Berlin’s cobblestones streets with nary a pine in sight?

Then you need a daypack that functions in the real world. And you need three main items: comfort, organization, and a place for your water bottle.

Not Padded or Breathable

Most ultralight daypacks use nylon for the straps and back panel. That saves weight and bulk, but makes the straps dig into your shoulders and your back sweaty. For example, Sea to Summit’s Ultra-Sil Daypack’s description for their shoulder straps say that  “stress points are reinforced with bartacking for increased longevity.”

Awesome, but for a quick second, let’s forget about the fabric’s strength. Or even the bag.

Let’s talk about your shoulders’ stress points. Those twin raw blisters from which your full-to-bursting daypack hangs.

Still caring about “bartaking for increased longevity?”

Didn’t think so.

Unlike those ultralight bags, we care about your shoulders’ stress points. We care about preventing those twin bleeding blisters that cry at a whisper of a breeze, much less encountering your 50%-full daypack on Day 3 of your trip.

That’s why we covered the Setout Packable Daypack’s shoulder straps with breathable, soft, padded mesh. So your shoulders have a cushy ride.

And your back isn’t excluded, thanks to breathable mesh covering the Setout Packable Daypack’s back panel.

Finally, no more shoulder blisters or stinky, sweaty back. How would a pain-free adventure bolster your travel bug?   

Not Nearly Enough Organization

Let’s be honest: when you're hiking, you don't need to find your keys, phone, or headphones.

That’s why so many ultralight daypacks only have one main compartment. Because trail hikers aren’t scrounging for their passport or credit card.

Unfortunately, if you bring an ultralight bag designed for hiking as a daypack on your city adventures, you’ll be Hulk-level frustrated just 10 minutes into your day. Because you won’t find what you’re looking for in your one-big-chaotic-mess daypack.   

Adding in one zippered pocket seems like such an easy solution. But you wouldn’t believe the enormous difference it’ll make on your attitude, smile lines, and easy accessibility to your most-fingered items like lip balm, sunglasses, and phone.

That’s why the Setout Packable Daypack has that zippered pocket on its front. For you to not be angry all the time.  

Missing: Water Bottle Pockets

An ultralight bag is designed for hiking. So you’ll see water “bladder” inserts, instead of water bottle pockets.

What if your hiking path is Croatia’s stone city walls or Paris’ surprisingly-chic metro? Hate to break it to you, but you’ll stick out like a lost Where’s Waldo in a sea of Dallas Cowboys fans.

Don’t label yourself as a tourist the moment you step onto foreign soil. Avoid the attention of pickpockets, thieves, and other shadowy creatures by using a bag that blends in with the locals. And that means a daypack -- like the Setout Packable Daypack -- with water bottle pockets in a discreet black color.

Pick a Daypack Designed For All Your Adventures

On your next trip, go with a daypack that’s designed to more-than-handle your city -- nay, ALL -- your adventures from mountainside to museum hopping.

Check out the Setout Packable Daypack.

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