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Daylight Backpack in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon Daylight Backpack in Taiga (olive geen with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior Daylight Backpack in Mars Red 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Mars Red (medium red) 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Black 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Black 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Black 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon Daylight Backpack in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior Daylight Backpack in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon Daylight Backpack in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon Daylight Backpack in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior Daylight Backpack in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior Daylight Backpack in Cloud (light grey) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Cloud (light grey) 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Grass (bright green) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Coyote (tan) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Alphaviolet (bright purple) 525 Ballistic with Viridian (blue-green) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Coyote (brown) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Wilderness (dark green) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Wilderness (dark green) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic Daylight Backpack in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (bright blue) 210 Ballistic interior Daylight Backpack in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior Profile shot of the Daylight Backpack Daylight Backpack with a full loadout including a jacket, hiking guide, binoculars, and trail rations. Daylight Backpack with a full loadout including a jacket, hiking guide, binoculars, and trail rations. Daylight Briefcase with the front zippered pocket open and folding maps in said pocket A Cache in the Daylight Backpack's main compartment Daylight Backpack with a pair of keys attached to the o-ring in the front zippered pocket Close shot of the gatekeeper waist belt connected to the Daylight Backpack Close shot of a snaphook attached to the o-ring in the front zippered pocket of the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the elasticized pocket in the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack Reverse shot of the Daylight Backpack showing the backpack straps and nylon grab handle Profile shot of the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the locking slider for the backpack straps on the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the gatekeeper waist belt attached to the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the front zippered pocket on the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the top of the bag where the shoulder straps and nylon grab handle are stitched into the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the label at the top of the face of the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the zippers on the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack Possible loadout for the Daylight Backpack; a puff jacket, magazine, sushi lunch, bottle of soda, laptop and Cache, Small Snake Charmer with charge cables, and a phone. Possible loadout for the Daylight Backpack; a knit sweater, sunglasses, magazine, , laptop and Cache, snack bag, juice, keys, organizer pouches, and a phone. Possible loadout for the Daylight Backpack; a rain shell, soda can, apple, First Aid pouch, multitool and phone A person carrying the Daylight Backpack A person accessing the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack A person carrying the Daylight Backpack A person carrying the Daylight Backpack A person carrying the Daylight Backpack The Daylight Backpack next to a Synapse 25 Daylight Backpack next to the Night Flight Travel Duffel A person carrying the Daylight Backpack and another carrying a Synapse 25 A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person removing a notebook from the Daylight Backpack's main compartment A person accessing the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack Thumbnail for a video about travelling with the Daylight Backpack
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Daylight Backpack

$85.00

Your solid, ultralight, and true daypack.

16.5 liters (1000 cu. in.)

Mars Red 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Cloud 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Constellation 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Ursa 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Coyote 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Coyote 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Ursa 525 Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Aubergine 525 Ballistic/Coyote 210 Ballistic
Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Mars Red 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Aubergine 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Black 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Wilderness 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Daylight Backpack with a full loadout including a jacket, hiking guide, binoculars, and trail rations. Daylight Backpack with a full loadout including a jacket, hiking guide, binoculars, and trail rations. Daylight Briefcase with the front zippered pocket open and folding maps in said pocket A Cache in the Daylight Backpack's main compartment Daylight Backpack with a pair of keys attached to the o-ring in the front zippered pocket Close shot of the gatekeeper waist belt connected to the Daylight Backpack Close shot of a snaphook attached to the o-ring in the front zippered pocket of the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the elasticized pocket in the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack Reverse shot of the Daylight Backpack showing the backpack straps and nylon grab handle Profile shot of the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the locking slider for the backpack straps on the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the gatekeeper waist belt attached to the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the front zippered pocket on the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the top of the bag where the shoulder straps and nylon grab handle are stitched into the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the label at the top of the face of the Daylight Backpack Close shot of the zippers on the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack Possible loadout for the Daylight Backpack; a puff jacket, magazine, sushi lunch, bottle of soda, laptop and Cache, Small Snake Charmer with charge cables, and a phone. Possible loadout for the Daylight Backpack; a knit sweater, sunglasses, magazine, , laptop and Cache, snack bag, juice, keys, organizer pouches, and a phone. Possible loadout for the Daylight Backpack; a rain shell, soda can, apple, First Aid pouch, multitool and phone A person carrying the Daylight Backpack A person accessing the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack A person carrying the Daylight Backpack A person carrying the Daylight Backpack A person carrying the Daylight Backpack The Daylight Backpack next to a Synapse 25 Daylight Backpack next to the Night Flight Travel Duffel A person carrying the Daylight Backpack and another carrying a Synapse 25 A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person removing a notebook from the Daylight Backpack's main compartment A person accessing the main compartment of the Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack A person carrying a Daylight Backpack

Description

The minimalist approach: webbing straps, build your own padded back panel, and just a pocket or two.

When it's time to go — to work, on a hike, or on a trip — our Daylight Backpack will be your solid, ultralight, and true companion. With a tablet or laptop and a light sweater/jacket, you're off to work, with room for a few last minute groceries on your way home. Or, pack a bit more clothing, a water bottle, and the other eight essentials: you're set for a hike. And because it's so light and packable (especially in the Halcyon version), you'll have it with you exploring the museums of D.C. or the shops of Paris.

The Daylight Backpack was born from our desire for a pack as light and as utilitarian as the Packing Cube Backpack, but refined to be more pack and less cube.

We initially struggled with wanting to add a padded back panel (we've all grown used to that comfort), but we were reluctant with this ultra-light design to add that additional weight and bulk. First we tried adding a thin pouch against the interior back of the pack in which you could stow a light sweater or other clothing; this would in effect create a padded back panel and protect your back from whatever hard things you might be carrying. When we tested that idea, we found that the soft clothing items drifted to the bottom of that pouch, leaving the top of your load unpadded. Gravity ultimately forced us to get clever, and instead of one tall pouch, the Daylight features two overlapping, open-top, elasticized interior pouches on the back panel. One gets your rain shell or windbreaker, the other a light sweater or down vest, beach towel, or change of socks. We've found that these shingled pouches encourage whatever you've put in there for padding to stay more or less in place, better protecting you from hard or pointy stuff in the rest of the pack.

Turns out (you probably saw this coming) that these pouches also lend themselves well to organizing the inside of your Daylight Backpack. An 11" or 13" tablet or laptop (in a Cache or other protective sleeve) and/or paper files fits nicely into the lower of the two pouches; the upper will easily swallow power supply or similar items. Remember that you're in charge of packing something soft against your back — the Daylight just gives you a nice framework to encourage you to do so.

The Daylight Backpack rides on adjustable, 2" / 50mm unpadded webbing shoulder straps that are reasonably comfortable for such a light pack. There's a 1" /25mm webbing hanging loop/handle on top and a removable 1" /25mm webbing waist belt below. An exterior front zippered pocket securely holds the stuff to which you need quick access: wallet, map, phone, knife/multi-tool, first aid kit. There are two O-ring tether points in the front pocket and three in the main compartment, allowing you to add significant organization using our Organizer Pouches and/or Key Straps.

We offer the Daylight Backpack in two fabric options: durable yet light 400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop with 200d Halcyon®/nylon ripstop interior pockets, for those who intend to use it primarily as a travel pack or summit pack; and a beefier version in 525 Ballistic with 210 Ballistic interior pockets, for those who intend to use it daily.

Exterior

Ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop exterior
— or — 
525 denier 2x2 bluesign® Ballistic nylon exterior

Fabric Lining

200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop interior pockets
— or — 
210 denier 2x2 bluesign® Ballistic nylon interior pockets

Zippers

#5 YKK coil zippers with plastic sliders

Straps

Top shelf U.S. webbing backpack straps

Components

Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials 100% finished seams

Dimensions

11.8" (w) x 17.3" (h) x 5.1" (d) / 300 (w) x 439 (h) x 130 (d) mm

Weight

400d Halcyon®: 12.3 oz / 349 grams
525d Ballistic: 15.4 oz / 436 grams

Volume

1000 cubic inches / 16.5 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

5

(3 in the main compartment
2 in the front pocket)

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Daylight Backpack is typically available* in two different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions: emailus@tombihn.com

400d Halcyon

Weave
plain weave with 1/4” / 6mm ripstop
Fibers
400 denier type 6 filament nylon (base fabric); 420 denier ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene ripstop grid
Coating
light urethane
Made In
Japan

Choose this fabric if

  • You want a lighter weight alternative to traditional nylon fabrics that has remarkable tear strength and good abrasion resistance.
  • You're looking for a fabric with a modern, "technical" appearance.
  • You have pets: 400d Halcyon doesn't collect pet hair, reducing your monthly lint roller costs.

525d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon

Weave
2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers
525 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon, twisted
Coating
heavy urethane
Made In
South Korea with Canadian Yarn

Choose this fabric if

  • You want your bag to be soft and supple yet tough as nails.
  • You want a fabric that's stately enough to be at home at work, the mountains, or a nice hotel.
  • You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or abrade your clothing.
*There may be times when one of the exterior fabrics mentioned here isn't available. Even with our best efforts, the demand for our bags occasionally outpaces our production capabilities: at times, some products, color combinations, or fabrics might be temporarily unavailable or "In Production." See the In Production color combinations as a guide to what our factory crew is making and what will be available next.
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Sewn in Seattle

Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

THE BIHN Guarantee

Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we stand behind what we make.

If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.

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If you can't get the packing cube backpack, this is the best 2nd choice

It's like the packing-cube backpack, except: it has a narrow top, so less capacity, particularly for anything rectangular; and it has several internal sections which I find annoying - they catch on whatever you're packing. So, yeah, if you can't get the packing cube you'll have to settle for this

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I like to call it my carpet bag

I love this backpack! I got it a few years ago, and have used it for several different purposes since then. It's such a small bag, but it carries so so much stuff, enough that I've begun to call it my carpet bag like the one in Mary Poppins. I've taken this backpack on vacation, and if you're at all worried about someone unzipping the bag you can put it on with the zippers against your back and it feels about the same (I tossed it on backwards on accident). I've loaded it up with college work, it worked great, and I've tossed dog gear in the bag and been very pleasantly surprised by how the fur doesn't stick to the bag. Overall I love this backpack, and I don't usually like backpacks at all!

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Rated 5 out of 5

Best light backpack ever

When I received my DLBP, I was a bit surprised at first, actually surprised by the strange shape of the bag. It was so light, I could not se how it could be confortable. And strange straps on top of that. A bit too big for my taste. I did not really know what to do with it. Put it on the side and did not use it until...

...A trip to NYC with my husband. I packed the DLBP as a day pack (in my Synapse 25). My husband (who knew nothing about Tom Bihn - then - it has changed since) was like "waouh this bag is so confortable, fits perfectly on my shoulder", etc... Could not believe it. Tried it on one full day. Waouh-ed also. I was delighted.

Back home it became my EDC. Had to order one for my husband. He even uses his as a super-minimalistic traveling bag. Got one for my baby to use as a diaper bag. So we are a family of 3 and have 3 DLBP, all in halcyon, all-black for parents and nordic for the baby. I bring my DLBP with me when I travel (easily fits flat in a Synapse 25 or Aeronaut 30). I also use it for small hikes. To my own surprise, it works much better for me than the S25 for hiking.

I cannot recommend this bag enough and I hope that TB will not discontinue it. To me this is the best packable light backpack to bring on trips (and fit in your luggage if you travel minimalistic) or use as EDC.

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Surprisingly useful!

I didn't think was going to really be used much, but find it useful for times when I have just too many things in my hands. Keep it in my car for shopping trips.

Haven't gone anywhere so haven't been able to test it for long uses. S19 and MCB Freudian Slips fit inside for when you want to add organization, and the straps are surprisingly comfortable for what they are.

This is a basic, just-in-case, simple and durable kind of bag.

Craftsmanship and customer service are top notch! Buy with confidence!

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Friendly, useful, light!

This bag in Halcyon is a must for traveling. I use it as a day bag when I travel. I love it so much I often use it at home too. It’s half backpack, half security blanket. The shingle pockets are especially useful. I really like the unpadded straps too.

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