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Daylight Backpack

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Daylight Backpack


Ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop exterior — or — 1000 denier Cordura® exterior
200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop interior pockets — or — 420d HT Parapack interior pockets
#5 YKK coil zipper with plastic sliders
Top shelf U.S. webbing backpack straps


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.8 x 5.1 / 439 x 300 x 130 mm
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 12.3 oz / 349 grams
1000d Cordura®: 13.45 oz / 381 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)
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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 1000d Cordura with 420d HT Parapack interior pockets, for those who intend to use it daily.

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. Here are some quick facts about each fabric that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions:

400d Halcyon

A ripstop fabric woven of 420 denier nylon (base fabric) with a square grid of 400 denier UHMWPE (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) yarns every .25" / 6mm with a light urethane coating. Made in Japan. For more information, see our Materials Glossary.

Choose this fabric if:

  • You want a minimalist, ultralight experience and you're willing to be a little gentler with your gear because of it.
  • You expect your bag to last a long time but not forever-and-ever (because only true love lasts forever).
  • You have pets -- 400d Halcyon doesn't collect pet hair, reducing your monthly lint roller costs.

1000 denier Cordura®

A nylon fabric whose texturized fibers help to hide surface damage caused by abrasion. The fibers broken by abrasion are masked by the already "broken" discontinuous surface fibers. Medium urethane coating. Made in U.S.A. For more, see our Materials Glossary.

Choose this fabric if:

  • You want a durable, canvas-like, and natural-feeling fabric.
  • You appreciate that it's been the go-to, classic pack fabric in the outdoor industry for the past four decades.
  • You don't have pets or don't care about your bag collecting pet hair, and you don't mind that Cordura® is a more abrasive feeling fabric.

*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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Lifetime Guarantee

You can expect your TOM BIHN bag to give you years of hard service. Our bags are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the bag. That means if something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it at no charge.

Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and are most often evident while your bag is still new. Keep in mind that daypacks and briefcases are often subject to serious wear in everyday use. We often see TOM BIHN bags that are still solid and in use after five, ten, fifteen, even twenty or twenty-five years, with minor repairs needed here or there. But remember: only true love lasts forever.

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