Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack 30 Day Review
The Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack is perfect for those times when you don’t need or want to carry your regular backpack, but still need something to put a few items in. Over the last 30 days during the work day, the Day Pack has been with me on nearly every lunch run. It’s also went grocery shopping, to the Zoo, and on more than a few walks in the local parks. the Packable Day Pack has become an indespensible part of my EDC.
The Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack is a full size pack with shoulder straps that can carry a 15″ laptop (I tested with a Macbook Air and Macbook Pro) and a couple notebooks in the main pouch, plus pens, phone and portable battery charger in the smaller top pouch. The exact dimensions are 5.5 x 15.5 x 13.5 inches, and weighs only 5oz. It balls up just a hair bigger than a tennis ball, and has a drawstring to close up the ball. The pocket on the top is sufficient to hold an iPhone 6+ or Samsung Note 4.
There’s no shoulder padding, so if you will be carrying something heavy often, it might be a good idea to pack a couple standard bandanas to pad the shoulders with. I ran into this issue carrying the laptop, a notebook, phone, portable charger and tablet on one work day. While it wasn’t heavy, the straps did cut in a bit.
Craftsmanship & Durability
The bag was put together quite well. There’s double inline stitching that holds the bag together, and provided that you don’t carry anything too heavy or sharp, the bag should last quite a while.
It’s honestly a simple pack. I wouldn’t use it full time, and I don’t think it was ever meant to be a full time backpack either. There’s no padding, and it’s not waterproof, although I did spray mine with Rust-Oleum’s “Never Wet” to give it better water resistance if I should be caught in the rain. I tested it by putting a roll of paper towel in the bag while it was raining pretty heavily and left it sit on a lawn chair.
I came back to it an hour later and even though the rain was beading off of the day bag, the towel roll was soaked about half way in. In all, I’d probably have to put my rain poncho over me and the bag if I were really caught in the rain with the day bag.
For it’s super light weight, small balled up size, and convenience, the Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack was an excellent buy for just under $12. I would highly recommend getting one if you’re the type of person that would rather carry just the work essentials with you during the day, leaving the main backpack in your cubicle or at your desk. It would also be perfect to leave in the car for those moments when you need to carry items, but don’t have anything with you.