5 Great Dual Purpose Daypacks For Back-To-School

When the summer days begin to get shorter, and the temperatures begin to back off of summer highs, back-to-school shopping comes to mind. If you are looking for a good backpack for your books, computers, and supplies that can also double as an able daypack on the trails this fall, you have come to the right place. Below, we’ll highlight 5 great dual purpose daypacks for this back-to-school season.

The North Face Vault – $50

[amazon_link id=”B00IAUUU8O” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Vault Backpack Style: A93D-0M3 Size:One Size For AllSize For All[/amazon_link]This is a fantastic choice for back-to-school, and can also be used on the trail to good effect. The North Face Vault backpack features 26 Liters of interior space, two large double zippered compartments (one larger perfect for books, binders, computers, clothing, hiking gear, etc. and one smaller for smaller gear organization, calculators, pens, etc.), exterior daisy chain for lashing additional gear to your pack while on the trail, and support giving chest and waist fitting buckles. It also comes in several different color options. One customer review states the following:

“This backpack is made very well – it looks good, it is very sturdy and we anticipate it will last the entire school year – (not like some of the other backpacks we’ve bought in the past)!”

If you’re looking for an affordable, durable, and spacious daypack, The North Face Vault is a perfect option. Click the following link to pick yours up today.

[amazon_link id=”B00IAUUU8O” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Vault[/amazon_link]

Osprey Talon – $75

[amazon_link id=”B00HPM8TG8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Osprey Talon 22-Litre Backpack (Meteorite, Medium/Large)[/amazon_link]The Osprey Talon is a 22 Liter daypack that resembles more of a hiking backpack than the Vault does, but it is more than capable of hauling your day-to-day school books and supplies. The Talon features a ridge-molded foam back panel with grip mesh covering as part of its Airscape suspension system that provides superior comfort for hiking, biking, and everyday use. The hipbelt distributes weight across the body, and also features a modified ErgoPull closure to ensure a secure fit. The sternum strap harness is adjustable and features a safety whistle. There is also a helmet strap (LidLock) to keep your bike helmet with you at all times. One reviewer says:

“First off, it’s an Osprey. Great reputation, lifetime warranty, and the Talon-22 definitely lives up to its name.”

The Osprey Talon is a great lightweight daypack with the support and harness to haul heavier books or hiking gear. If you are into biking (or are biking to class), you’ll love the LidLock feature, and this pack is hydration compatible. Follow this link to get yours today.

[amazon_link id=”B00HPM8TG8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Osprey Talon[/amazon_link]

Gregory Miwok – $100

[amazon_link id=”B008NB4K72″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Gregory Miwok 22 (Prussian Blue)[/amazon_link]Gregory makes some of the most comfortable backpacking packs on the market, and their daypacks are no exception. The Miwok is lightweight and efficient for its ability to carry 22 Liters of gear or school supplies. From Gregory, “the Gregory Miwok 22 daypack is an ideal size for day hikes, long strolls, and other single-day adventures,” including a short or long day of classes. It features 6 pockets plus the main compartment, it is hydration compatible, and also features a lifetime warranty. The suspension system allows your pack to move with you, increasing the comfort. The key is the use of a set of flexible tendons that attach the shoulder harness and hipbelt to the pack body. See what this customer thought of the Miwok:

“Great product, I use it for everything from day backpacking to weekender, lately I have been using it as a carry on for flights across country.”

Gregory makes awesome backpacks, and the Miwok daypack is a fine choice for school or the trail. Pick yours up today by clicking the following link.

[amazon_link id=”B0045TB0FG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Gregory Miwok[/amazon_link]

High Sierra Cirque – $50

[amazon_link id=”B004EBRG3K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]High Sierra Classic Series 59102 Cirque 30 Internal Frame Pack Redrock, Auburn, Charcoal 21.5x12.75x9 Inches 1830 Cubic Inches 30 Liters[/amazon_link]This daypack features a whopping 30 Liters of internal space, enough for a laptop, several books and binders, or a ton of daypacking gear, and all under 2 pounds of weight. It offers a harness media pocket, daisy chains for lashing extra gear to the outside, suspension harness and padded hipbelt made of breathable mesh, and an integrated hydration compartment with dual exit ports.

One recent customer noted that they were “looking for a good sized hiking daypack that had a nice padded hip belt, and wasn’t terribly expensive. My initial reaction is very positive. I really like the design of this pack and it’s exactly the size I was looking for. The apparent quality of the materials and construction seem much higher than other packs I’ve looked at in the $50.00 price range, I’m actually really impressed with the quality at this price.”

If you are looking for a big daypack at a not so big price that is capable of hauling all of your school or trail gear, click the following link to buy yours today.

[amazon_link id=”B004EBRG3K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]High Sierra Cirque[/amazon_link]

Kelty Redtail 30 – $60

[amazon_link id=”B00AATSCY2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Redtail 30 Daypack (Cobalt, One Size)[/amazon_link]Another 30 Liter bag rounds out our selection, and this one is from another company that is known for offering a lot of features for the price. The Kelty Redtail daypack is a great option for those interested in a large pack for hiking or carrying a lot of school supplies. It features a webbed hipbelt for lighter loads which is also removable, plenty of pockets for organization or school supplies or backcountry gear, side compression straps, mesh construction on the suspension harness and back panel, daisy chain, and a reservoir sleeve. It is lightweight and low profile. One reviewer said this about the Redtail daypack:

“Light…great padded straps…nice size for my gear and nice design on padding for your back…purchased another one for the wife.”

With a limited lifetime warranty from Kelty and all of these features, the Redtail is a great option for you. Click the link below to order yours today.

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The Bottom Line

This concludes our look into 5 great daypacks for back-to-school season. Any one of these is a great choice, whether you are getting ready to hit the books or hit the trails this fall, or both. Thanks for reading, and happy trails (and studying)!

What is your favorite daypack? Let us know in the comment section below. Thanks!


The North Face Aleutian BX Sleeping Bag Series

There is a lot to like about The North Face sleeping bags. There are many different models to choose from, ranging from lightweight synthetic insulation rated to 40 degrees, to heavy duty winter down insulated bags for extreme weather backpacking. The Aleutian BX series of sleeping bags offers a different type of sleeping bag depending on your preferences and depending on your applications. Let’s take a look at some of the features and highlights of the different Aleutian BX sleeping bag options on the market.


Aleutian 3S BX

[amazon_link id=”B0058YCZPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S 20F Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]The Aleutian 3S BX sleeping bag features Heatseaker synthetic insulation that offers 3 season warmth down to 20 degrees. The synthetic fill will keep you warm even if the bag gets wet. The shell is made of soft ripstop nylon that also features The North Face’s Windstopper technology. This technology offers maximum wind protection and breathability. Weighing only 3 pounds 6 ounces for the regular (or 3 pounds 12 ounces for the long), the Aleutian 3S BX sleeping back is a lightweight option for backpackers. A roll top stuff sack is included, and will allow you to compress your bag down to a very compact packing size.

The Aleutian 3S BX also comes in a woman’s configuration with the same features and the men’s discussed above.

Aleutian 3S Down

[amazon_link id=”B0078D2ZDC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Sleeping Bag: 20 Degree Down Deep Water Blue, Reg/Right Zip[/amazon_link]The Aleutian 3S Down sleeping bag is similar to the 3S BX bag discussed above, but is filled with 600+ Hungarian grey goose down. The down filling is lighter than the synthetic filling, making the total weight for the regular a measly 2 pounds 6 ounces, and the long 3 pounds 7 ounces.

There is also a youth 3S Down and 3S BX model, that offers the same features, but is smaller in size (weighing only 2 pounds 7 ounces with synthetic fill and 2 pounds 12 ounces with down fill).

Aleutian 2S BX

[amazon_link id=”B006ZKOK5A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 2S 40F Synthetic Sleeping Bag - Regular Size Left Hand[/amazon_link]The North Face Aleutian 2S BX sleeping bag is a lighter weight, 2 season sleeping bag with all the same features as the 3S BX. It is rated for 40 degree weather, and with a lighter fill, only weighs 2 pounds 1 ounce for the regular and 2 pounds 4 ounces for the long.

Aleutian 1S BX

[amazon_link id=”B006ZOM9S6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]THE NORTH FACE Aleutian 1S Bx Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]The North Face Aleutian 1S BX sleeping bag is an even lighter weight sleeping bag, ideal for summer month camping and backpacking. It is rated for 55 degrees, and weights a paltry 1 pound 10 ounces for the regular and 1 pound 12 ounces for the long. This is an excellent choice if warm weather backpacking is what you dig.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Aleutian series of backpacking sleeping bags from The North Face offers a lot of versatility to the market. If you are a 3 season backpacking enthusiast that often spends cold nights on the trail, the 3S BX or 3S Down options are best suited for your needs (depending on what type of fill you like). If you see yourself backpacking is slightly warmer than freezing temperatures, the 2S BX model is a great choice. If you are a summer only backpacker, the 1S BX option is a perfect fit. The nice thing about these options is that as you go towards warmer bags, the weight starts to drop. For ultralight backpacking, it is essential to shave off as much weight from your pack as possible. It is also important to stay warm during cold nights. Look at these different options, and choose a bag that is right for you. Click one of the following links to purchase one of these sleeping bags.

[amazon_link id=”B0058YCZPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Synthetic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0078D2YXI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Down 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0078D3E8C” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Women’s Aleutian 3S 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B006ZKOK5A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 2S Synthetic 40 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0058YD2ZI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 1S Synthetic 55 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]


The North Face Cat’s Meow Sleeping Bag

[amazon_link id=”B001O02BHU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Cat's Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]When it comes to creating high quality outdoor gear, The North Face comes through time and again. With respects to the Cat’s Meow sleeping bag, The North Face delivers high quality and high value features suitable for backpacking trips that might see night temperatures drop below freezing. Let’s look at some of the features and highlights of The North Face Cat’s Meow 20 degree sleeping bag below.


The Cat’s Meow features The North Face’s Climashield Prism synthetic insulation that offers protection down to 20 degrees. A nice feature on this sleeping bag is the glow-in-the-dark zipper pull, which allows for easy access at night. There are also interior pockets, such as a chest level watch pocket and draft tube pockets, to store small items in the warmth of your sleeping bag.

The Cat’s Meow comes in regular and long sizes, with the regular weighing in at 2 pounds 12 ounces and the long weighing in at 2 pounds 15 ounces. Because of the synthetic insulation used, the bag will keep you warm even if it gets wet (unlike down sleeping bags). It can be configured with the zipper on the left or on the right. Men’s and women’s options are available, with the men’s version featuring a darker blue color than the women’s version.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The North Face Cat’s Meow 20 degree sleeping bag is one of the best all around backpacking sleeping bags on the market today. Many reviewers agree with this sentiment. It is a good lightweight bag that compresses down to a very compact size with the included compression sack. If you are looking for a sleeping bag that offers 3 season warmth, is lightweight, and offers buttery soft comfort, The North Face Cat’s Meow is the sleeping bag for you. Click on the link below to order yours today for you next backpacking trip.

[amazon_link id=”B001O02BHU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Cat’s Meow[/amazon_link]


The North Face Minibus 2 Person Backpacking Tent

[amazon_link id=”B004P72RPK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Minibus 2 Tent Citronelle Green One Size[/amazon_link]The North Face Minibus 2 person freestanding backpacking tent offers a great value on a lightweight backpacking tent loaded with features that you come to expect from The North Face. Enjoy the view from the top while relaxing in your Minibus tent equipped with mesh side walls for 360 degree views. Let’s look at the features and highlights of this tent below.


One of the nicest features of the Minibus is the vertical wall structure. This provides the maximum amount of space to be utilized inside the tent. The tallest point is 40 inches, which makes for very comfortable head space. Some tents out there make you feel like you are sleeping in a coffin. Another nice feature is the 360 degree mesh side walls that not only allow for incredible views, but provide excellent ventilation to help cut down on condensation. The Minibus can be assembled by one person, and is very easy to do (TNF Minibus Setup And Care Instructions).

Other highlights include:

  • 2 doors
  • 2 vestibules
  • 33 square feet of internal capacity
  • 5 pounds 6 ounce trail weight
  • Rain fly

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The North Face Minibus backpacking tent is a great value on the market of 2 person backpacking tents. The weight can easily be divided up between 2 people, and the interior space is more than comfortable. If you are looking for a high quality 2 person backpacking tent from The North Face, look no further than the Minibus 2 person tent. Order now by clicking the following link.

[amazon_link id=”B004P72RPK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Minibus 2 Person Backpacking Tent[/amazon_link]