|Rating:||8.4 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.6 / 2|
|Comfort||1.5 / 2|
|Weight||2.0 / 2|
|Durability||1.6 / 2|
|Versatility||1.7 / 2|
The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano 18L Daypack is one of those unique products that most hikers haven’t considered but should. As far as a packable daypack goes this is one of the smallest and lightest daypacks available on the market. In fact this pack is so tiny that its storage sack packs down to the size of an egg and only weighs 30 grams.
Now while I don’t carry this on every hike it is something that gets used on a regular basis for two main purposes. First if I’m going on a short hike and just need somewhere to put a few basics like my keys, wallet, water bottle and snacks this little pack is ideal. The main reason I use this pack is when I’m doing long distance hikes. In this instance I will use a little foldable daypack as my carry on baggage for the plane trip and once I start the hike, it becomes my shopping pack in towns when I need to resupply.
Construction wise the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano 18L Daypack is made of an ultralight 15 Denier siliconised water resistant nylon fabric and is about as simple as it gets. It has a single zip at the top that opens into a single 18 litre pouch. There are two lightweight but non adjustable shoulder straps and like other packs of this type, no waist belt. Given this pack is really designed for a lightweight load a waist belt and padded shoulder straps aren’t really necessary.
On the downside, this pack isn’t meant to be used as a full on day pack and while its rated to be able to carry 20 kg, and while construction wise I’m sure it would cope, that weight would really cut into your shoulders. Personally I think it’s best suited to around a 5-7 kg load, possibly more if you are carrying the shopping home. The other potential negative is that this pack is so tiny there is the potential to lose it either within your pack or altogether if you aren’t paying attention. First world problem I know but store the pack along with all you other tiny items in a safe place. Price wise at AUD $49.99 AUD this pack also isn’t cheap but this price and the weight is comparable with versions from other manufacturers.
So is it worth it? For me the answer is yes. This ultra lightweight pack is highly versatile being able to carry the essentials when you go off trail and leave your main pack, carry a food shop on long trails, and if I’m flying, I still need a travel pack so this is a great option. For the sake of 30 grams you won’t notice the impact.
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AUD $49.99 AUD
Sea to Summit produces a wide range of small sized and packable packs and tote bags.
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Daypack in yellow. A number of other colours are available
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Daypack. It’s tiny, really tiny, about the size of an egg as seen in this image, and only weighs 30 grams
The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano 18L Daypack viewed from the front showing the lightweight straps
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano 18L Daypack, close up of the shoulder straps
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano 18L Daypack, close up of the zip
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano 18L Daypack, side view
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano 18L Daypack, back view
This review was done with product provided for test by Sea to Summit