The Ultimate Day Pack : Camelbak Alpine Explorer

My pack next to a clear mountain stream in Maine
One of the most crucial things about any trip is to make sure that the pack carrying your gear can, well, carry your gear.  It must be large enough to fit your needs, small enough to not be too bulky, light enough to not break your back, and comfortable enough to carry your gear, including food and water for the day.  Of course, I haven't tested every day pack on the planet, so I make no claim that the Alpine Explorer is "the best" pack by any means.  What I can say is that it has put up with everywhere I've taken it, and whatever I carry in it.  For example, last summer when I traveled to Nicaragua on a short-term missions trip I often carried well over a gallon of water with me.  In other packs this would be a truly challenging load, but I was able to carry it comfortably, and I was able to focus my concentration on the tasks at hand, and not an achy back.

It also performed well while traveling on buses, through airports, in taxis, and by a bike.

The stats of the pack are:
Capacity: 1,800 cu. in. 
Empty weight: 1.98 lbs.

It's been just over a year since I purchased my Camelbak Alpine Explorer pack.  The pack has traveled with me everywhere over the last year, and when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere that I've gone!  From the University campus to Nicaragua, and from the Arizona Desert to the cool, rainy North Woods of Maine.

I definitely give the Camelbak Alpine Explorer a 10 out of 10!
Hiking Maine's rocky coastline

If you'd like more info on the pack you can check out the multiple descriptions found online.  Here are a few snaps of it in action over the past year...
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Traveling through Chicago

On the streets of Managua