Daypacks

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**1. Stearns "Mad Dog Gear" Lynx Top Loader **
Except for a large compression flap in the back, this is your basic rucksack, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Well-designed pockets and lots of room make this a fine choice. However, the skimpy waist strap limits the comfortable carrying weight. $70; 800-333-1179; www.stearnsinc.com

2. Battle Lake Outdoors Soft Headwater's Klettersac
Ample dimensions, lightweight rucksack design, and a blaze-orange color option make this an appealing pack. Attached to a takedown frame such as the Rocky Mountain Pack Systems Rhino, it would be great for late season. $105; 800-243-0465; www.battlelakeoutdoors.com

3. Kifaru International Late Season Pack with Gun Bearer System
Lightweight with a sophisticated suspension system, this is a multipurpose, roomy pack. Fleece panels reverse from camo to blaze. Fit is superb-no surprise there, considering that the Late Season is custom built. $314; 800-222-6139; www.kifaru.net

**4. Rocky Mountain Pack Systems Yukon **
This is a well-thought-out midtorso pack with a design that will keep the sweaty Saddle Cloth off your back. I've shot four whitetail bucks, including my best swamp deer, while wearing it. $105; 208-234-4584; www.rockymountainpacks.com

5. Eberlestock Just One Pack
The Just One is not only the best expandable pack I've worn-it's the first to incorporate a scabbard that carries a rifle comfortably over the course of a long day. When unzipped, the daypack becomes a full-size backpack. For the price, you get lots of versatility. $223; 877-866-3047; www.eberlestock.com

[NEXT "Daypacks 6 - 10"] 6. PSE Archery Excursion Pack with Hydration System
With the exception of gimmicky side wings that offer minimal storage, this is a good basic daypack. I like the drawstring top closure, which is more practical than a zipper. The suspension system stands up to loads of 25 pounds or so. $120; 520-884-9065; www.pse-archery.com

**7. Nimrod Pack Systems Pinnacle **
The Pinnacle has the best lumbar support of any belt pack I've tested. And for those of us who don't like the militaristic look of camo, it also comes in loden. The bulky side pocket interfered with my arm swing, so I moved it to another spot on the pack. $170 with rifle scabbard; 800-646-7632; www.nimrodpacks.com

8. Vista Fleece Hog Back Pack
The Hog Back is a well-designed midtorso pack with sternum and shoulder straps, a padded belt, and no more bells and whistles than necessary. Although lightweight, this pack offers considerable storage in two stacked pockets and comes with top compression straps. $60; 800-525-1181; timbucktu.net

**9. Cabela's Hybrid Hunter 2-In-1 Pack **
The Hybrid is similar to the Trailblazer (right) but larger and more versatile. I like the interior organizing panel inside the belt pack, which is simple and functional, and the detachable pack, which can be folded on top of the fanny and snapped there to lash down a jacket. $120; 800-237-4444; www.cabelas.com

10. Crookeed Horn Outfitters Trailblazer
The Trailblazer converts from a fanny to a midtorso pack, but the former is pretty small. It wears comfortably except for the itchy saddlecloth next to your back. I've worn it bowhunting on cooler days and appreciated the slim profile. $90; 877-722-5872; www.crookedhorn.com

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