From Issue Four of Gear Patrol Magazine.
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The backcountry is the absolute worst place for gear to fail, and an adventurer’s pack — carrying the most valuable resources — can never, not even for a moment, falter. The proper water-resistant daypack is small and agile, bereft of extraneous detail. It should also be designed to minimize the chances of something falling out, tearing off or breaking loose. The gear you carry isn’t much use 50 feet down a cliff. These five daypacks will let you tackle all the ruggedness of the backcountry — and still come out unscathed.

Goruck GR1

Dimensions: 12 x 20 x 6.75 inches
Volume: 26L
Material: 1,000D Cordura
Closure: YKK Zipper

Sealline Boundary Pack

Dimensions: 10 x 14.5 x 25 inches
Volume: 35L
Material: scrim-reinforced vinyl
Closure: dual-strip roll-down

The Rambler by Mission Workshop

Dimensions: 13 x 19 x 5 inches
Volume: 22L-44L (expandable)
Material: 500D MultiCam Cordura
Closure: AustriAlpin Cobra buckle

Kletterwerks Drei Zip

Dimensions: 21.5 x 13 x 9 inches
Volume: 21L
Material: 1,000D Cordura
Closure: YKK zipper

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema Summit Pack

Dimensions: 10 x 27 x 10 inches
Volume: 30L
Material: 50D Dyneema compsoite fabric
Closure: roll top with side compression straps
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