Are you looking for a day hiking backpack? In my opinion, the best backpack for day hikes is the Osprey Manta 25 – hands down! I took this backpack on multiple day hikes and I absolutely love it. It is very durable, light and really comfortable to wear.
The Osprey Manta 25 is slim & long and fits snug onto your back, so that your arms are not scrubbing against it while hiking. This also makes it a great backpack for trail running.
My back tends to start sweating quickly and the Osprey AirSpeed suspension offers a great amount of ventilation between the pack and your back.
Check out another great review of the Osprey Manta 25 at Gear.com.
Packing Volume: 25 Liters / 1,300 cu.
Weight: 11 oz. (empty)
Pack includes a 3 liter Nalgene Hydration Reservoir with a 180° on-off pivot bite valve
Integrated rain cover and pole stowing system
Magnetic sternum strap buckle
Elastic stretch woven front pocket
Light alloy frame suspension
Tensioned breathable mesh fabric provides superb airflow through back contact zone.
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