Upgrade Your Pack – 8 Solid Adventure Go Bags

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Our interpretation of an Adventure Go bag is a pack that can be stocked with equipment and clothes for spur-of-the-moment adventures, then grabbed instantly – be it after work on a weekday or on the weekend for those unplanned getaways. It’s a bag that is just big enough to comfortably carry a day or two worth of gear and then double as a trekking / hiking carry all for those spontaneous outings. If you are someone who lives for those unscheduled adventures, this list of methodically selected Adventure Go Bags are ideal candidates to help keep your gear ready and organized for any impromptu endeavor.

Mammut Lithium Zip 24L – Adventure Go Bag for Challenging Hikes

Challenging hikes and day-long adventures call for Mammut Lithium Zip 24L Backpack. Its EVA foam back and Contact Vent U-frame design enhances mobility as well as breathability thanks to the separate panels on the pack. This system also incorporates anatomic shoulder straps and waist belt made of highly breathable EVA foam for continued comfort. The Lithium Zip carries trekking poles for days when there is technical terrain on the horizon and its large fitted front stretch pocket is roomy enough to store a helmet for the days that involve mountain biking or dangerous climbing. This pack has a low-profile design to suit the more minimalist adventurers, but at only 24L it certainly seems more voluminous than it actually is.

Most Appreciated Feature

The large fitted stretch front pocket on the Mammut Lithium Zip 24L easily and securely stows bulky equipment, most notably a helmet. www.mammut.com

Kelty Zyp 28 – Comfortable Adventure Go Bag

The Kelty Zyp 28 Backpack is ready to comfortably carry your gear on a quick trail hike or a big weekend adventure. Its rugged construction and weather-resistant fabric keep all of your necessities protected as you travel. Easily load up everything you’ll need in the multi-pocket 28L bag. When all of your things are packed, the PerfectFIT Technology makes on-body adjustments a breeze and the NadaTech Suspension helps carry heavy loads while minimizing pack body contact – delivering superior breathability and moisture management. Whether you’re heading for the hills or packing out for the weekend, the Zyp is a reliable lightweight pack that lets you effortlessly transport everything you need for that unplanned getaway.

Most Appreciated Feature

The NadaTech suspension on the Kelty Zyp not only minimizes contact points on the back which increases breathability and decreases sweat accumulation, but it also provides a unique carry that brilliantly handles heavy loads. kelty.com

Deuter Trail 22 – Adventure Go Bag for Trail Convenience

The Deuter Trail 22 Backpack is the choice for off-trail, self-supported travel where technical obstacles are likely. It’s designed to hug your back to maximize balance, while lifting the load to ensure airflow. For support, the tensioned Delrin U Frame runs through the pack, making heavier loads stable and comfortable. Deuter’s Aircontact Trail suspension system allows air to pass between your back and the pack for a cool and comfortable feel. Adjustable, buckled mesh hip fins ensure a perfect fit while hauling heavier gear, or they can quickly and easily be stowed away in Deuter’s Hip Fin Garage for a more streamlined silhouette that won’t snag when you’re hiking through city crowds. For on trail convenience, the pack is 2L and 3L hydration system compatible, features a detachable rain cover, and outside pockets for quick access to hats, extra layers or snacks. The Deuter Trail 22 is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing, ski touring, and urban outings.

Most Appreciated Feature

A zippered opening on the front of the Deuter Trail 22 pack provides easy access to lower packed items. www.rei.com/deuterusa

Patagonia Black Hole Pack 32L – Water Repellent Adventure Go Bag

There is no better way to end the workday than with a quick getaway, be ready to head out of town with the Patagonia Black Hole Pack 32L Backpack. The perfect size for multi-day trips, this 32L backpack has a half-moon zipper opening that makes it super easy to pack up, and simple to utilize all of its space. The thoughtful design put into the Black Hole Pack bumps it up into the category of weekenders due to its easy to pack and use shape, and with the rugged water-repellent design it will protect your gear wherever you go. Internal features include a padded sleeve that protects up to a 15″ laptop or holds a hydration reservoir, and a mesh pocket equipped with a key keeper and an organizer panel to hold a phone, keys, wallet and all of the small items needed on an adventure. Cushy backpack straps are decked for all-day comfort when you’re loaded up, and a molded back panel keeps the sweat off of your back and allows for a breezy airflow.

Most Appreciated Feature

The Patagonia Black Hole Pack 32L is built with a light weight, but durable and tough recycled polyester rip-stop that is highly weather-resistant. patagonia.com

Thule All Trail 25L – Top Load Adventure Go Bag

Regardless of the adventure, the Thule AllTrail 25L has you covered with a top-loading design that readily swallows all your gear, alongside a front shove-it pocket for stashing away jackets and extra layers. And seeing you’ll be exerting yourself on the trail, Thule designed this pack with a breathable mesh back panel, shoulder straps and hip belt that helps wick moisture as you begin to sweat. The Thule AllTrail 25L Hiking Backpack is a versatile top-loading pack that is designed to allow for convenient access to gear on the go.

Most Appreciated Feature

Gear accessibility on the Thule All Trail 25L is efficient – especially while on the move, thanks to the bottom side zipper that offers access to the main compartment. www.amazon.com/thule

SOG Scout 24 Pack

Despite a busy schedule, each week brings an opportunity to get into the Great Outdoors, whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, or climbing and the SOG Scout 24 Pack Backpack is ready to carry the load. With this pack, you can fit all the gear you need for a day on the mountain, on the trail, or even an urban adventure. The SOG Scout brings more to the table than most other 24L packs in the same category. The main panel loading compartment utilizes every cubic inch and comes fully equipped with multiple interior pockets, a padded laptop sleeve, hydration carry and a MOLLE loop field. Access to the main compartment is done through the brilliant Quad-Zip (Yes, 4 Zippers on one opening) design, that allows you to find your gear from anywhere on the pack without unpacking everything. Extra gear can be cinched to the pack’s side compression straps, attached to the Hypalon MOLLE field, or held on by the Scout’s unique wire long item carry loops. The impact-resistant top pocket with internal organization safely and securely stows valuables such as sunglasses, camera, and a phone. Padded shoulder straps, rigid suspension, and a stowable, padded hip belt make it comfortable to carry heavier loads for miles on end.

Most Appreciated Feature

The Quad-zip full access main compartment on the SOG Scout 24 Pack allows for quick entree to any part of the voluminous interior, namely being able to quickly get at items at the bottom of the pack due to the panel loading design. sogknives.com

CamelBak Fourteener 24 Hydration Pack – Adventure Go Bag with Hydration

When hydrating on the go is one of your top priorities, look no further than the CamelBak Fourteener 24 Hydration Pack. With the optimal balance of weight, comfort, and maximum ventilation, the CamelBak Fourteener takes hydration and organization to the next level. Stuff all of your gear into its capacious compartments and plentiful pockets, and you will marvel at how comfy and light the load feels thanks to the dual wing belt that keeps everything balanced. With the 3-liter Crux reservoir, an innovative Air Support back panel that delivers multi-directional ventilation and fully articulated suspension you will stay cool and comfortable with every step. The CamelBak Fourteener 24 Hydration Pack is the perfect pack for epic day hikes and light overnighters.

Most Appreciated Feature

The Air Support Back Panel on the CamelBak Fourteener 24 Hydration Pack sports innovative air tunnels that maximizes ventilation while still keeping the load close to your body for increased stability. www.camelbak.com

5.11 AMP 10 All Missions Backpack

Ready to roll whenever you are, the 5.11 AMP 10 All Missions Backpack is the perfect grab-and-go backpack for those spur of the moment getaways. The heavy-duty fabrics handles wear and tear all year long, while the padded shoulder straps and removable sternum strap help the pack stay comfortable on rigorous adventures. The innovative HEXGRID load bearing system offers virtually limitless options for mounting or attaching gear. Well thought out pockets both internally and externally keep gear organized and balanced so that you can keep moving forward. While the thermoformed back panels make for an ultra-comfortable, breathable fit when you’re working your way down the trail.

Most Appreciated Feature

The 5.11 AMP 10 All Missions Backpack offers virtually limitless options for mounting equipment and attaching Gear Sets thanks to the innovative HEXGRID system. Pictured above is the Admin Gear Set attached to the front of the pack. Other noteworthy gear sets are the Helmet/Shove-it Set and the Med Pouch Set. 511tactical.com

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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