Outpost Packs Functional Punch
A day hike shouldn't leave you feeling like you've just done a multi-day, and the pack you carry plays a big part in that. Comfort, capacity and of course, functional features, should all combine to give you a great day out. For some recent outings in the Blue Mountains, Camille and Jamie from @all.about.adventure put the Outpost 25L Day Pack and Outpost 35L Day Pack to the test. Read on for their gear review below and check out their adventures in Field Notes.
Outpost 25L & 35L Day Packs
We recently headed out to explore seven incredible waterfalls in the Blue Mountains and we took the Mountain Designs Outpost day packs along for the journey. Jamie was carrying the Outpost 35L and I had the 25L. We started the adventures by filling the bags with all the essentials: water, snacks, camera equipment, first aid kit and rain jackets.
The first thing we noticed about the Outpost was how easily they fit all our gear for a day adventure, with room to spare. They also have a very comfortable fit with straps around the waist and across the chest to help distribute the weight when carrying a lot of gear.
The 35L was perfect for Jamie who carries all of our camera gear. We were pleasantly surprised that the bag fits our tripod in the main compartment as we normally have to strap it to the outside of a day pack. There is also a handy section for a water bladder with Velcro strap to hold it in place. One thing we loved about the 35L over the 25L was the little zippered pocket on the waist strap. It's the perfect spot for keeping car keys, lip balm or anything you need to have immediately handy.
Jamie's 35L Outpost provided plenty of room for the usual day hike essentials - as well as his camera gear! (Image courtesy of All About Adventure)
Not far into our hikes the rain set in so we pulled out the waterproof covers, hidden away nicely in the bottom of the bag, and all of our gear was kept nice and dry. We also liked the bright yellow colour of the covers as it makes you easy to spot in heavy rain or fog.
One thing we always look for in a bag is sturdy pockets on the side that are stretchy and can fit a large water-bottle as we often take a spare as well as the bladder when hiking. The Outpost delivered with two side pockets made from a stretchy mesh and reinforced with straps that hold the bottle in place. They can also easily hold a tripod or an umbrella there too.
We appreciate the subtle benefits of these bags like the large toggle on the zips to make it easy to grab and unzip. If you're considering a bag for your next adventure we think the Outpost is a great option and really packs a lot of features in for a very affordable price.