Backpack upgrade recommendations (Non-Tacticool look) for outside of work use (Travel,Beach,Holiday,Commute).

Hello everyone, I'm looking to upgrade my daily use/travel/gym, do it all backpack...

For a couple of years I've been using a cheap Mil-tec  backpack It's around 32l  and I have been very happy with it, I use it for everything going to work,travel,beach,hiking but it's time to get it replaced, I should get another one but I'm at a point in my life that I'm over the tacticool look for my gear......

 

Any recommendations? This will only be used outside of work, for travel holidays, not as a patrol bag etc....

 

I'm looking for something around 30 - 35 L , preferably black(easier to keep clean), do it all(travel, commute,beach,hiking,holiday), durable, affordable (max 150 - 170$).....

 

What I'm considering so far are:

REEF DIAMOND TAIL IV BLACK WET AND DRY BACKPACK

Worried about the quality of construction for this...

REEF DIAMOND TAIL IV BLACK WET AND DRY BACKPACK

 CamelBak Urban Assault XL

Not to keen on the Flying/Fiery Skull logo on it and I'm worried it could be too big, build quality should be very good for this so no concerns there...

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The following thread doesn't cover all of your options but there are some good recommendations and reviews. 

http://www.lightfighter.net/to...k-suggestions-needed

And the low profile RAID might fit your needs fairly well, although I'm not sure when it will be available.

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You’re on LFer, looking for recommendations on a non-tacticool pack?...

This is blasphemy.

Seriously though, wait for the low-profile RAID if you can.

 

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Depends how low profile. Black and covered in molle? Conus with no specific people looking for you: sounds fine. 

Really truly low profile? Then your slick pack that is e.g. Arcteryx may send up more warning flags. 

 

Black is easy to keep clean? Not to me. Patterned. True low profile, like packs we've gotten the kids so they aren't using my old 3DAPs at school: Jansport, like the Big Student to get the volume you want.

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I’ve been using the Osprey Farpoint 40 the last few months and its about a 90% solution for me.  They make smaller and larger versions but I have no experience with those.

Plenty of internet and YouTube reviews for the details but I picked it because it was the biggest bag I could get that would still meet carry-on baggage standards.

I’ve rarely ever been on a trip and wished for a smaller bag... I also added an Amazon Basics ultralight packable daypack in case I wanted something smaller to carry incidentals.

My unexpectedly favorite feature is the ability to stow the backpack straps and use it as a shoulder bag.  I actually use it more as a shoulder bag than as a backpack unless I’m doing a lot of walking (most of the time its airport to ground transportation to hotel).

I’ve used it for weeklong trips to Ireland, the US Virgin Islands and for less exotic CONUS trips.

I’m happy with it.

 

TheTick posted:

Kelly Redwing 32.

I have a 44 and couldn’t be happier.

I’m not sure they make black though. 

My wife bought the Redwing 32 in black last year.  It seems to be a good pack with well thought out pockets and decent hardware.   She has pronounced it to be “comfortable “ after several day hikes  

Probably more pack than you’re looking for but I purchased an Eberlestock X2 this Winter.   It’s designed as a hunting pack, has a frame and serious straps and belt for a smaller pack.   Mine is “Loden”, kind of a green suede material that so far is staying clean and doesn’t look tacticool despite the MOLLE on the top, bottom and hidden in its interior.  

Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon. I've been using them for years in various environments. It's comes in a number of colors to help "blend in".

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LBT slick 3daps (1476A-NM) are often put on sale, black, mas/wolf grey, RG etc. 

Simple, well built, no molle, basic organization, a nice bag. 

Its that too big they also make a smaller “go bag” in a variety of colours. 

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Last August, my son and I used Mountain Equipment, Inc Voyager travel packs for four weeks on planes, trains, and automobiles in Europe.   It is sized for airline carry-on and has stowable pack straps to further make it look like a normal bag.   I used it in both configurations.  Very non-tactical, low profile gear that has great online reviews (with which I concur).

They are durable and still look new.    I now used it for short business trips.   If I had it to do over, I might have got one with a detachable day pack, like the Trekker I.

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Rick R2 posted:
TheTick posted:

Kelly Redwing 32.

I have a 44 and couldn’t be happier.

I’m not sure they make black though. 

My wife bought the Redwing 32 in black last year.  It seems to be a good pack with well thought out pockets and decent hardware.   She has pronounced it to be “comfortable “ after several day hikes  

Probably more pack than you’re looking for but I purchased an Eberlestock X2 this Winter.   It’s designed as a hunting pack, has a frame and serious straps and belt for a smaller pack.   Mine is “Loden”, kind of a green suede material that so far is staying clean and doesn’t look tacticool despite the MOLLE on the top, bottom and hidden in its interior.  

I have a Kelty Redwing 3100 that I have had for a while. It's a great weekend or long weekend ruck. I've not worn it hiking but humping through airports, to ground transport, short walks to the hotel or house it's fine. It has a good amount of space and carries well. Low profile, mine is green/gray/black.

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I've got a Vertex pack for low-pro travel and weekends... but the lack of a decent waist belt seriously limits it as an actual hiking pack. 

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HomoSepian posted:

I've got a Vertex pack for low-pro travel and weekends... but the lack of a decent waist belt seriously limits it as an actual hiking pack. 

I’ve noticed the Vertx packs are not great for carrying voluminous stuff. they are great for organizing a lot of little things for EDC. A weeks worth of clothing etc., not so much. 

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The Kelty Redwing was mentioned, but the TAA Redwing series wasnt. 

The TAA Redwing 30 would be just as good a choice as the Redwing 32. Personally, I find the TAA construction better and worth the extra $$$  

https://www.kelty.com/redwing-30-tactical/

The TAA models also have a somewhat padded laptop compartment. 

I have a 44 model which isnt reallly that much bigger than the 30. It has a single stay, and removable belt where the 30 lacks both of these. The 44 has served as my carry on for a couple trips quite well. 

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I am now into my second North Face big shot, that I have in use for 10 years now. It is a sturdy pack with large zips.

I own an Osprey as well and it does not hold a candle to the North Face pack, it feels flimsy as f@ck in comparison. I bought the Osprey as a replacement for the North Face, but I hardly use it.

I also own a pack from these guys; http://www.wolverine.com.pl/arizzon_wolverine_32.htm for the money it is just amazing. When I placed an order (6 years ago), they mailed me back and asked what color I wanted and what other options. So maybe they can do one in civvy colors with out the molle. It might be worth asking (they do speak English).

Other than that, I do not have much experience with civilian packs, so I am following this thread with interest.

 

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