Hiking backpack or daypack?

Are daypacks really sporty allrounders for everything including hiking?

The days are gone when daypacks were used solely as sporty city bags: They are also becoming ever more popular out in the countryside. Although a daypack is absolutely fine for a walk through the forest, for carrying a snack and rain protection, it may not be the best choice for a full-scale hiking tour.

For leisure, school, college or office, the smart TATONKA daypacks are ideal. They are lightweight, practical and provide enough storage space for all your daily needs big and small. But are they also a good choice for hiking? The carrying system and fittings are important factors for comfort and back relief on your tour.

In comparison with a daypack, a well-conceived hiking backpack features comfortable carrying properties. It has a ventilated back system that ensures that sweat caused through exertion quickly evaporates. This means not only a feeling of carrying comfort, but also ensures the natural cooling function of the body during physical activity. With its ventilated back systems X Vent Zero and X Vent Zero Plus, Tatonka offers perfect carrying comfort.

X Vent Zero: Maximum control and unique lightness

The trend goes towards lightweight – particularly for hiking backpacks, where every gram counts. The X Vent Zero back system provides maximum load control and optimum ventilation while having minimum contact with your back. The system can be tightened or loosened seamlessly. It is thus extremely flexible for use on a great variety of tours.

The X Vent Zero back system scores through its minimum contact surface with the back: It has less than half the contact area of traditional systems. Despite carefully designed material reduction in the carrying system, nothing has been reduced in terms of fittings and comfort: The backpacks fitted with the X Vent Zero system have padded side sections and are equipped for handling even the most demanding hiking tours. Depending on the model, they come with rain capes, net side pockets, walking stick holders, compression belts and separate bottom sections to fulfil all needs for outdoor hiking. They are also compatible with different hydration systems.

Currently, the Tatonka Storm 20 and Vento 25 are our trailblazers for lightweight practicality: Thanks to the innovative materials they are so light that you hardly feel them on your back. In addition, they also offer easy load control and fit so comfortably that you can concentrate entirely on your movements. These two hiking backpack models are of enormous benefit on active walking tours.

X Vent Zero Plus: The variable hiking tour specialist

The large hiking or touring backpacks from Tatonka are equipped with the X Vent Zero Plus back system: It combines the clever and comfortable load distribution of the well-proven X-systems with perfect ventilation.

Two x-shaped fibreglass rods that are openly overlying on the back of the pack establish, combined with the straps, the connection to the pack. Two additional fibreglass rods derive the load into the anatomically shaped hip belt. To establish an ideal load derivation, the carrying system can be adjusted individually to the back length.

The X Vent Zero Plus back system is convincing in both versions through its high level of carrying comfort.

Our hiking backpacks are ideal for active movement use in the countryside. The special carrying system and shape that narrows towards the base enable optimum carrying comfort and maximum freedom of movement. Additionally, you have plenty of space for your hiking gear. Variability is provided by side pockets and volume folds.

Please note: This article has been published in March 2012 and revised in February 2018.