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Daylight Backpack

$100.00

Your solid, ultralight, and true daypack.

17 liters / 1000 cu. in.

Ursa Ballistic/Cobalt 210 Cerylon
Aubergine Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Burnt Orange Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Black Ballistic/Cobalt 210 Cerylon
Black Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Constellation Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Coyote Ballistic/Cobalt 210 Cerylon
Deep Blue Ballistic/Mountain Grey 210 Cerylon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Cobalt 210 Cerylon
Black 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

TLDR

The Daylight Backpack is the go-to 17L ultralight bag for everyday carry, hiking, or as a packable backpack inside your larger travel bag.

  • No padding on the back panel keeps bag ultralight and rollable
  • Exterior front zippered pocket that securely holds various smaller items
  • Main compartment has 2 overlapping, open-top, elasticized interior pouches on the back panel
  • 2 O-rings in the exterior front zippered pocket and 3 O-rings in the main compartment for hooking on optional additional organizer pouches
  • Adjustable, 2.5"/65 mm padded fabric shoulder straps that will keep you feeling supported
  • Webbing hanging loop/grab handle
  • Removable waist belt

Full Description

The minimalist approach: thin (but padded!) 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, you can carry it inside your larger travel bag (Techonaut, Aeronaut, or a rolling suitcase of your choice), and you'll have it with you as an everyday carry at your destination, whether it's exploring the museums of D.C. or the street food stands of Mexico.

Two Overlapping, Open-Top, Elasticized Interior Pouches

We initially struggled with wanting to add a padded back panel, 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 create a padded back panel and protect your back from whatever hard things you might be carrying. As a result, because of gravity, the soft clothing items drifted to the bottom of the 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. The lower of the two pouches is suitable for a 11" or 13" tablet/laptop (in a Cache or other protected sleeve) and/or paper files; the upper will easily store power supplies or similar items. 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. 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.

Exterior Front Zippered Pocket

The exterior front zippered pocket is perfect for storing the items you need quick access to: wallet, map, phone, knife/multi-tool, first-aid kit.

O-ring Tether Points

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.

Padded Fabric Shoulder Straps

The Daylight Backpack includes adjustable 2.5"/65 mm padded fabric shoulder straps that are reasonably comfortable for such a light pack.

Webbing Hanging Loop + Removable Webbing Waist Belt

At the top of the Daylight Backpack is a 1"/25 mm webbing hanging loop/handle and a removable 1"/25 mm webbing waist belt below.

Durable Materials + Expert Construction

No bag lasts forever, but choosing the best and most durable materials and taking care not to abuse it (no washing machine or dryer!) can help a quality bag serve most people well (with maybe a repair or two) for up to 10-20 years.

This bag requires a significant skill to sew and construct; it's not just any sewing factory who can pull this off and do it well, it's ours, and it's because of the talent of our crew. They're the reason why our designs can be made in an ongoing practical fashion.

Two Overlapping, Open-Top, Elasticized Interior Pouches

We initially struggled with wanting to add a padded back panel, 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 create a padded back panel and protect your back from whatever hard things you might be carrying. As a result, because of gravity, the soft clothing items drifted to the bottom of the 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. The lower of the two pouches is suitable for a 11" or 13" tablet/laptop (in a Cache or other protected sleeve) and/or paper files; the upper will easily store power supplies or similar items. 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. 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.

Exterior Front Zippered Pocket

The exterior front zippered pocket is perfect for storing the items you need quick access to: wallet, map, phone, knife/multi-tool, first-aid kit.

O-ring Tether Points

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.

Padded Fabric Shoulder Straps

The Daylight Backpack includes adjustable 2.5"/65 mm padded fabric shoulder straps that are reasonably comfortable for such a light pack.

Webbing Hanging Loop + Removable Webbing Waist Belt

At the top of the Daylight Backpack is a 1"/25 mm webbing hanging loop/handle and a removable 1"/25 mm webbing waist belt below.

Durable Materials + Expert Construction

No bag lasts forever, but choosing the best and most durable materials and taking care not to abuse it (no washing machine or dryer!) can help a quality bag serve most people well (with maybe a repair or two) for up to 10-20 years.

This bag requires a significant skill to sew and construct; it's not just any sewing factory who can pull this off and do it well, it's ours, and it's because of the talent of our crew. They're the reason why our designs can be made in an ongoing practical fashion.

Zippers

#5 YKK coil zippers with plastic sliders

Straps

Contour 1/8" / 3mm shoulder straps (#4 Closed Cell Foam)

Components

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

Specs

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

17 liters / 1000 cu. in. (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 since 1972 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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  • Greg R.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings
    5 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings
    Rated 5 stars
    The Daylight - Now a near perfect day pack.

    Several years ago, I purchased a Daylight as a day pack for everyday use. It was so near to the Sierra Designs Serendipity day pack I owned years ago, I was excited to receive it. Unfortunately, the design of the Daylight had a fault that that became so annoying that the Daylight ended up in the closet most of the time.

    The thin seatbelt style straps always slipped off my shoulders, requiring constant attention to keep them in place. In addition, they were thin with no padding causing an uncomfortable carry when the items in the pack weighed more.

    When I heard that there was going to be an update to the pack, addressing these annoying issues, I signed up to be notified when the new version became available. I ordered from the first batch. The new version has updated straps! They are lightly padded and now have a sternum or chest strap. Now the Daylight is comfortable to carry, and the straps lock in place when needed and don't slip off.

    For my everyday usage (personal items, and a camera) the Daylight is perfect. The workmanship, design and material can't be beat. I highly recommend the Daylight to anyone looking for a daypack of this size.

  • Susan M.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 stars
    Perfect.

    I wanted a lightweight but comfortable backpack for everyday use. I’ve recently been having problems with my neck and needed to take a break from carrying a bag on one shoulder, this evenly distributes the weight and feels very comfortable thanks to the padded straps. I purchased the black 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon and I love the subtlety of the blacked out label. My new favorite bag.

  • Dominique C.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile, Compact
    8 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile, Compact
    Rated 5 stars
    Less is more!

    It's amazing how much I can store inside this simple daypack. It's lightweight and can be easily folded and stored flat. The 400 Halcyon in Taiga is just beautiful and unique. Its perfection lies in its no-nonsense simplicity. Though the straps aren't padded, it works just fine for the usual day load. This is the only backpack that I need, really. Love, love, love it!

  • Michelle M.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile
    Rated 5 stars
    Love my Daylight Backpack!

    This backpack is the ultimate packable pack! It’s easily rolled to fit in my Aeronaut and then used as a daypack at my destination. I love the 2 internal pockets inside and the fact that I can fit so much but it’s still comfy after wearing all day. It’s my perfect sightseeing pack! And the Nightwalk exterior is just gorgeous! 5 stars!!

  • scott a.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Versatile
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Versatile
    Rated 5 stars
    Everything you need. Nothing you don't.

    This is a great backpack. The quality is excellent but it is not overbuilt. you don't know how many bags out there have thick foam straps or thick padded backs. We don't need all that and it makes even a lightly packed bag, bulky. Not the Daylight. It is excellent. Tough enough to be packed full but light enough to forget you are wearing it. I could not find another light bag with his build quality and neither will you! Thanks, TB!

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