I often bring daypacks along on my travels, because they’re great for bringing along just enough items for a day out without having to carry those items in a larger carry-on bag. They’re also excellent in case you decide to rough it a little and do some outdoor adventures, because that’s exactly what they’re built for.
Recently, I’ve been testing out the Arc’teryx Aerios 15 Women’s Pack, and it’s a solid solution for trekking, technical hiking, as well as day hikes.
The lightweight pack uses durable high-tenacity fabric with a liquid crystal polymer ripstop grid. On front, there’s a bungee compression system and webbing daisy chain for carrying extra items. There are also two trekking pole attachment points.
Two side pockets for water bottles or other gear can be cinched to secure those items, and there’s also a front pocket for quick access items. Inside, the main compartment is optimal for your essential gear, and there’s also an internal zippered pocket with a key clip. A reservoir clip and a bladder-compatible space is located inside the main compartment.
On back, there’s a breathable AeroFoam pack panel and an anti-barreling frame sheet for carrying comfort. The breathable shoulder harness includes two zippered pockets for lip balm, soft flasks, or small snacks.
The only challenge I’d had with this pack is that some of my shirts aren’t very compatible with the back panel, and have pilled quickly when wearing them with the pack. My solution has been to wear tried-and-true shirts that haven’t been affected (like cotton tees).
The Aerios 15 comes in pixel/sprint (pictured), and groovie (a purple color that is guaranteed to stand out in a sea of dark colors). The packs lists for $130 on the Arc’teryx site.