Topo Designs Daypack Review | 20L Heritage Style Backpack Made In The USA

Topo Designs Daypack Review | 20L Heritage Style Backpack Made In The USA


– In this video we’re
going to be taking a look at the Topo Designs Daypack. I’m Tom the founder of Pack Hacker. And we do travel gear reviews like this all the time, as well
as other pack reviews. So if you’re new here
consider subscribing. Let’s jump right into
the Topo Designs Daypack – a nice little Daypack to put inside of a larger travel bag for use when you get to your destination or just riding around the city with. Let’s jump in. [upbeat music playing] Topo generally creates
an outdoorsy aesthetic for a lot of their packs –
partly for the functionality and partly for the heritage look. It’s a similar look to a Herschel bag, but you’re going to find
a lot better materials going on with this pack. The exterior is a 1000D Cordura – which is pretty much a standard when it comes to durable nylon. This pack in particular
we have a leather lash tab at the top here and then
this leather portion at the bottom here. But there’s
a ton of different styles and looks to this bag – some with leather, some without, and a ton of color options. Opposite of that patch we’ve
got a Topo Designs logo here which is small and tasteful just enough to know that
you have a Topo Pack without screaming it. And jumping ahead a bit the interior is going to be a pack cloth. In this version we have this
nice fluorescent liner here which is going to be great to see a lot of your black gear on the inside, or darker colored gear,
especially in lower light. And to wrap up the exterior there’s a seriously massive YKK Zipper in here. It’s an Exposed Coil #5 YKK Zipper; seriously a massive zipper
for this little pack. And to note, Topo produces
this pack in the United States. Starting with that leather lash tab in the upper right-hand corner of the front side of the
pack – this is also called a pig’s snout depending on
which circle that you run in. So you can call it a pig snout, some people might know
what you’re talking about, others may not. But there’s actually some
really great function of this thing. So it’s
basically a loop here reinforced with this stitching all around. So I’ve seen people hang like shoes off of these things,
just generally a place to hang things from your pack. But I would say that Topo includes this specifically for aesthetic reasons as well as functional reasons. Definitely gives that heritage look to the pack overall. There are two water
bottle pockets on the side made of that 1000D
Cordura. And then you have that high-vis interior here. Now the one thing with
these water bottle pockets that I think could maybe be
improved upon a little bit is that they’re not super stretchy. There’s really relatively
no stretch at all. So you’re going to be kind of restricted to certain sized water bottle pockets. But these are on both sides of the pack so if you have two smaller water bottles or maybe an umbrella, something else that you want to put in here that’s a little bit longer in shape, you’re definitely going to have some luck putting that in. Just note that this pack
is not super stretchy when it comes to the water bottle pockets. We also have six nylon loops going on here – perfect for holding onto as a zipper pull; adds to the overall aesthetic
of that heritage look and has some great function as well for hanging like carabiners off of or, you know, anything that you need to do on the exterior of your pack. And lastly you’ve got this
nylon loop right here. We’re not exactly sure what this is for. It’s about the same size
as this loop at the top that you can use to either hang the pack on a branch or a hook
inside of your house, apartment, Airbnb, whatever. We’re not exactly sure what this is for, so if you know what it is
let us know in the comments. We asked Topo about two or three
other things with this pack and they were super patient with us and answered all of our questions. So we decided not to email them yet again to ask about this. So let
us know in the comments if you know what that’s for. Moving on to the harness system – pretty decent for a pack of this size. You have these nicely
padded mesh-lined straps going on here. Two D-Rings here to hang off any additional accessories. And now it’s important to note that that mesh does not
exist on the back panel of this pack, so that’s maybe one option for improvement with this thing. Maybe there’s a little bit
of mesh back paneling here to add some additional
kind of ventilation for you when you’re carrying this thing around. Other than that, pretty
solid harness system for a pack of this size. Alright, moving on to
the inside of the pack. We’re going to start
with this slash pocket near the top. There’s ample room in this thing. The interior has this
high-visibility liner as well, goes all the way down to
the bottom of the pack here and you have some space on the top. So with this opening
it’s a little bit hard to pack and organize things in here; it’s just going to be better
to like toss items in here. Typically flatter would
work better in this pocket, although there is some ability to have this stretch
out a little bit more. Most bulkier items you’re going to want to put into that main compartment. Jumping into the
horseshoe-opening of this pack – you’re going to be greeted
by this high-visibility pack cloth interior here. You’ve got room for about
a 15 inch laptop here, most 15 inch laptops will fit in here, there’s ample space and some
decent flexibility here. And then you’ve got this nice
organizational system here that provides just enough organization without getting bulky or in the way. You’ve got a small YKK zip right here that’s going to be a zippered compartment going to the bottom of
this blue area right here. And then you’ve got a small
pocket on the side here, a little bit wider than
the size of a credit card. You’ve got a pocket here
for like a pen or a pencil or a stylus, anything that
you’re carrying with you. Then the remainder of the space is another divider right here. So this is a nice little unit. It lays flat if you don’t want to use it, but you do have options
for additional organization within this pack should
you chose to utilize them. At the time of this
review we’ve been testing the Topo Design’s Daypack
for about two months on-and-off around Detroit. Although we haven’t
taken it on a trip yet – we usually try to take all our packs at least on one trip – we can say that we’re
confident in the durability based on the materials that Topo uses. And in our use so far
it’s held up very well. Plus in practice we’ve found
that organization system to be just right when taking this thing around the town with
regular every day items. Alright, so to wrap this thing up with some pros and cons. That high-visibility fluorescent liner is really helpful for
seeing gear inside the pack. The organizational features in the pack are just right and they
don’t get in the way should you not want to use them. And lastly there are
very durable materials used on this pack – from the YKK Zippers, to the 1000D Cordura, to the pack cloth – with that USA craftsmanship. Everything comes together to create a really nice experience in a Daypack. Onto some of the cons, the water bottle pockets
are a little bit rigid. There’s no mesh back panel. And lastly, the slash pocket can be a little bit hard to utilize depending on what you put inside. Overall the Topo Designs Daypack is a great little pack that’s good for buzzing around the city, or laying flat in a larger travel bag for use when you get to your destination. The organization is just right and well thought out, plus the high-visibility liner is a huge plus. It’s a great durable choice for a pack even with our couple nitpicks. Thanks for taking a look at our review on the Topo Designs Daypack. Be sure to head over to
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and never miss an update. We’ll see you in the next video. [beep]
Topo generally … Topo generally … hmm. [beep]
Ny … not nylon interior … it’s pack cloth. [beep]
Ooh, that’s a bold claim … bold claim … BOLD CLAIM ALERT!


15 thoughts on “Topo Designs Daypack Review | 20L Heritage Style Backpack Made In The USA

  1. Give this comment a thumbs up if you'd like to see a review of the new Topo Designs Travel Bag! https://topodesigns.com/products/travel-bag

  2. Love the content! Just for future reference those zips are #10 not #5 and technically the pack cloth used is nylon, I hope that didn’t come off rude. Love you guys!

  3. I don't know why, but I definitely recall the straps being made of seat belts. I may be tuning of a different company.

  4. This bag looks super similar to the Kletterworks Summit from Mystery Ranch. Similar dimensions, exterior material, and even that ice axe loop – big difference seems to be interior organization (or lack thereof). Really nice look on the Topo

  5. Awesome job on the review. Love the bag. Also i like what you did with your channel you have my subscription would love to have your support as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ATB Joe
    😎
    👊🏻

  6. Thanks so much for the great review! Glad you guys are digging the Daypack. If you're looking for a similar backpack with a better solution for larger water bottles, our Core Pack features self-adjusting side water bottle pockets that won't sacrifice any interior space. We're always happy to answer more questions, so don't be shy to reach back out! -AC

  7. Those tabs are handier than you think. The two on the back of the back at the top and bottom can be used to attach the daypack to the topo designs travel pack. Very handy.

  8. You should really review the Topo Design Travel Pack. Coming in at 30L/ 40L versions, these are real quality bags with excellent features, materials & hardware at a more than reasonable price compared to what their competitors are charging!

  9. The loop on the bottom is for carrying An axe oe pickace. U slide it in, turn it up 180 degrees and make ot stay with the ‘pigsnout’ with a cord

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