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Your solid, ultralight, and true daypack.

17 liters / 1000 cu. in.

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.

What's Included

Included Removable Sternum Strap + Waist Strap

As with all of our major backpacks, we include adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps: if you don't like or don't use your waist or sternum strap, remove them!

Note: we slightly lowered the waist strap attachment point on the Synik so that it better fits a wider range of heights and tall folks in particular.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to. 

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend or replace your pulls. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Included Removable Sternum Strap + Waist Strap

As with all of our major backpacks, we include adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps: if you don't like or don't use your waist or sternum strap, remove them!

Note: we slightly lowered the waist strap attachment point on the Synik so that it better fits a wider range of heights and tall folks in particular.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to. 

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend or replace your pulls. 

Materials

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

630d Ballistic: 1lb 2.0 oz / 510 grams

Volume

17 liters / 1000 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

5

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

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 213 reviews
95%would recommend this product
213 reviews
  • Brad
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Perfect travel work bag

    I’m continually impressed by TBs ability to make products that fit way more than they have any right too. I chose the black/grey as I wanted to use it for work and personal travel. In this color it fits well into an office environment. Overall the quality is high, with good materials and I couldn’t find any problems with construction. The two back panel pockets take some trial and error to see where your contents fit and feel best but they are very useful even for a tech pouch, laptop charger, my side effect, etc. This really helps keep contents from piling in the bottom of the bag, which is especially important because of how slim the bag is and having my 14” work laptop in a padded sleeve and an external monitor taking up the majority of the remaining space. The front pocket is great, I had the main compartment completely full and had no problem using the front pocket and filling it with a small book, small keyboard, water bottle, packable windbreaker, etc. it’s ridiculous how much this thing holds. New straps are very thin but wide and comfortable enough I had no issues with strap comfort. My only issue with the entire bag is the front has a lot of extra space above the zipper but no organization and no o-ring at the top, just two o-rings roughly in line with the zipper! I’d love to be able to hang a pouch of some kind and utilize that top space in the front pocket.

  • Emma G.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Compact, Versatile, Unique, High Quality Craftsmanship
    2 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Compact, Versatile, Unique, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Best little backpack

    My new favorite bag :) I wanted a light backpack for school to hold my 14 inch laptop, a charger, and some other goodies I bring along (I am a commuter student), and this bag is absolutely perfect. I’ve already gotten so many compliments too! If I could have one in every color, I would. ♾️/10

  • Hayley L.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Compact, Versatile, Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, Compact, Versatile, Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    my favorite everyday bag

    this pack is perfect for my needs. it is slim and lightweight when i don’t have much to pack, but can hold a great deal when i need it to. that fabric is waterproof and works great for when i need to wear it while snowboarding. my favorite features are the spacious front zip pocket and the comfortable straps.

  • Logan R.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Unique, Sewn in USA, Compact, High Quality Finishings, Thoughtful Design
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Unique, Sewn in USA, Compact, High Quality Finishings, Thoughtful Design
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Taiga FTW

    This bag is pure awesomeness. I’ve looked at a lot backpacks for traveling and this along with my Bantom are it! Perfect enough room for a 2-3 day trip. My bantom slides in the front easily. Love the top space of the pocket to allow room for my trash bag to cover it when I put it underneath the seat the plane. I’ve added three pouches, two non-TB, and one Ghost Whale for my headphones or whatever I want quick access to. Love how I can customize this experience. It pretty much gives me a quick access at the top, three! My work laptop slipped in and out super easily here. Didn’t find I missed the laptop protection as found in other bags. Also when not filling the back sleeve is important with this bag because anything back there that isn’t flat makes the backpack uncomfortable. But for something flat it works great. The straps and locks on the straps really helped with the weight. I walked with this bag around Las Vegas strip after I left my hotel until I caught my flight and I walked six miles and this bag was exactly what I needed to carry around lightly and swiftly. Thinking of picking up a Truck next!

  • Joel N.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Compact, Great Gift, Thoughtful Design, Comfortable
    5 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Compact, Great Gift, Thoughtful Design, Comfortable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Versatile, Reliable, and Perfectly Designed!

    I recently purchased the Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack in coyote, and I couldn't be happier. This backpack perfectly complements my GoRuck GR2 and has become an indispensable addition to my everyday carry. Its sleek design and sturdy build make it an ideal choice for anyone needing more than just the essentials on the go. The interior accommodates everything I need for a day out or a quick trip, making it incredibly versatile. The attention to detail in its design, from the comfortable straps to the durable materials, is evident. The Daylight Backpack is a testament to Tom Bihn's commitment to quality and functionality. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a reliable and stylish companion for their adventures!

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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?

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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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