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Perfect Packs for the Perfect Day Out

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 14/05/2020 16:15:11


Perfect Packs for the Perfect Day Out

It’s official, restrictions have been lowered and we are now able to travel more in order to get our daily exercise, though still very important as ever that we adhere to social distancing rules and only adventure with those you live with, THE HILLS ARE OPEN ONCE MORE! This opens up many opportunities to us for days out in the Spring sun and rain. Sadly but rightly enough, we are still unable to head out into nature over night, however there is still plenty to be done in the daytime including bike rides, hiking, and running. We’ve collected some our favourite daypacks and walking rucksacks from our collection and have popped them into their own categories to help you decide what would be best for you. Depending on your activities, you will be able to search through here and optimise your luggage. We’ll start with an important one…..


For running, cycling, and speed hiking in this glorious spring sun, your going to need a lot of water.

Duro and Dyna

To be honest, you never go wrong with Osprey rucksacks. This high performance running pack is designed for distance athletes who require space to hold water, clothes, food and equipment. This pack is lined with contact mesh, allowing it to be comfortable and breathable and the vest style fit minimises bounce and allows for a comfortable carry.

The upper vest pocket contain two 500ml soft flasks with extension hoses, which can be swapped in and out and multiple stretch mesh and zippered pockets on the front of the vest allow for easy, on-the-move access to essentials.

The rear of each shoulder features a Stow-on-the-Go loop, which efficiently carries trail running poles and the sternum straps are both removable and adjustable, as well as being elasticated so they don't get in your way.

Also compatible with all Osprey Hydraulic reservoirs.

Shop men’s Duro HERE                Shop women's Dyne HERE


Spring in the UK is a mixed bag of glorious sunshine and serious downpours. During long stints in the rain with precious cargo, a fully laminated waterproof pack is perfect for keeping your sarnies dry.

Aquapac Toccoa

Be ready for any adventure with this heavyweight and waterproof backpack. The tough 500D Vinyl outer resists scrapes and abrasions while the all-welded construction seals out any water. Mesh side pockets provides quick access to drinks and the light lashing points and daisy-chain webbing allows you to secure carabiners to the bag. The roll-down closure design can be secured on the top for maximum volume or the the side for compression.

Available in cool blue + acid green.


Cloudburst 25L

The Exped Cloudburst 25 is an excellent combination of waterproof rucksack and lightweight drybag. Features a transparent back panel.

Walkers will appreciate a super-light daypack that's guaranteed to keep kit dry. The Cloudburst is perfect for a day hike in changeable weather.

Mountain bikers, commuters and cycle tourists will find the Cloudburst easy to stow when not in use, lightweight, yet large enough to carry all the essentials, and keep them dry.

Available in Red + Black.



For when you don’t always need a pack, this is a great piece of kit that can stow away impressively small into its own little pouch or pocket.

Ultrasil Daypack

Straight from the innovative Aussie brand. Made from Sea-To-Summit’s impressively lightweight and strong Ultra-Sil fabric, this little daypack is perfect for day to day jobs and walks such as shopping for groceries, dog walks and minimal trips up into the hills for a picnic and a play. When packed into the attached mini stuff sack, it's easy to take anywhere.

Available in Blue + Dark Grey


Town and Trail

Great for everyday use and versatility, these packs are great for days out in town or on the trail. Here you will find robust build, technical features and handy tech.

Aeon Womens ND

Specially recommended by Taunton Leisure staff comes Lowe Alpine’s very special series of packs, Aeon. This compact but mighty rucksack is perfect for commuting to work, cycling or day walks in the hills. The Aeon 25 features the latest in harness technology - the Flexion. This ultra-thin, low profile harness contours perfectly to the wearers body spreading the load of the pack evenly across the shoulders even when the pack is loaded with heavy gear.

The simple yet effective adjustable women's specific back system offers body hugging support and breathability through it's mesh and dual density, semi-rigid EVA foam back panel reducing the build up of perspiration without compromising on support. Features include pole, helmet or ice axe attachment system with TipGrippers for stashing hiking poles. Bike light clip for the commute to and from work, large stretch stash pockets located on the front, side and hip belt for quick accessibility and hydration sleeve.


Black hole 25L

made by world famous eco brand Patagonia, the Black Hole Pack protects your gear from scuffs, scrapes and miles of rough handling.

It is made from 100% postconsumer recycled polyester ripstop (22% solution-dyed) with a TPU-film laminate and lined with 100% recycled polyester with a polyurethane coating. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish help to protect your gear.

The large main pocket features an internal padded sleeve for up to 15” laptops or a hydration reservoir. A mesh pocket is equipped with a key keeper and an organiser panel holds small items such as phones. The bucket opening replaces a traditional lid and contains a small stash pocket that seals with a reverse-coil zipper. Daisy chain lash points secure items to the outside of the pack and a zippered front pocket holds quick-access items. Stretch-woven side pockets hold a wide range of water-bottles.

The padded shoulder straps provide all day comfort and the moulded back panel features air-mesh for comfort and increased ventilation. 

Available in Dark Navy + Black.


Daylite Travel

An extension from Osprey’s very successful Daylite series, this lightweight and versatile pack is perfect for exploring. What makes this pack different from the original Daylite and Daylite Plus is the travel organisation pockets including a laptop/ tablet sleeve, secure passport pocket, internal mesh organisation pockets, scratch-free sunglasses and electronics pocket and mesh side pockets. This pack also features a secure tamper-proof construction, featuring a 'fake' exposed zip.

The spacermesh backpanel is designed to keep you cool while you explore new places and the sternum strap features a built in emergency whistle.


Fast and Light

Want to optimise your days out in the hills? Looking to cover a lot of ground? Fast and light day packs offer a great deal of technical features whilst remaining lightweight and tough.

Escapist 25

Wonderfully lightweight, sleek and comfortable for a pack featuring so many handy features. Designed for commuting to work or tackling the trail, this pack designed for cycling has your back. The AirScape backpanel provides you with complete ventilation and support and the Biostretch hipbelt harness keeps the pack cinched comfortably to your back. Keeping yourself hydrated when riding hard is absolutely key, with quick access to the external hydration sleeve you can easily refill your reservoir.

An internal organiser means you can easily sort your tools, spares and pumps and keep your phone and sunglasses to hand with the scratch-free pockets in the harness and main compartment. The Escapist's twin zippered hipbelt pockets mean you can quickly grab trail essentials on the go and firmly attach your helmet with Lidlock.

InsideOut compression and PowerMesh stretch pockets allow you to securely transport all your gear no matter how rutted the track you're riding gets. Even when the weather turns for the worst, the built in high visibility raincover deploys quickly to protect your pack and all of your gear. Keep yourself visible in low light with reflective graphics and blinker light attachment.



Packs are still fairly new to Mountain Equipment, but they’ve certainly taken their time to really optimise these bags for proper alpine needs. The smallest of the Goblin range, this tough but lightweight zip-top pack is the perfect choice for minimalist mountain days. The M840 and M210 fabric is an exceptionally durable, double-ripstop Polyamide fabric with a internal PU coating and a durable water repellent coating for water relevancy and snow-shedding.

Uniquely different, all components are removable including the 20mm webbing hipbelt which provide crucial support when carrying heavy leads. The integrated cowl-lid closure allows for easy packing and weather protection and a spacious lid pocket with zipped access offer a quick and convenient access to on-the-move essentials. The hydration compatible designs means you can stay hydrated on the go, side compression straps keep your pack secure when you haven't got a full load and versatile two-part carry system will secure either ice axes or trekking poles.

Removable low profile, EVA composite back panel and shoulder straps offer all day comfort and a daisy chain system offers additional securing points.

Shop Here

The Perfect Everyday Pack

When heading out daily, whether it be on the way to work or off to collect items, you’ll need a functional and solid pack. It looking good is up to you but we love the chosen aesthetics and design of the Raven pack.


Fairly new to our range, this practical pack boasts an array of storage options making it perfect for everyday use. It is constructed with G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco, an extra hardwearing fabric consisting of recycled polyester and organic cotton that gives this pack a timeless look (more on G-1000 HERE). For extra resistance against moisture and wear, this fabric can also be treated with Greenland Wax.

The comfortably padded back panel and shoulder straps offer all day comfort and a grab handle with a leather grip allows you to keep hold of the bag on the go.

The spacious main compartment features a padded compartment for a laptop, with an integrated document sleeve and a zippered security pocket while the front compartment features zippered mesh organiser pockets to help you keep your belongings organised. A fleece lined pocket keeps sunglasses and mobile phone scratch free and a zippered front pocket and two side pockets easily stores drink bottles and other items you want to keep close at hand.

Available in Olive, Navy + Black



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