Mountainsmith Clear Creek 20
The Mountainsmith Clear Creek 20 daypack is a well-priced (under $50) bag that’s equipped to carry most everything you’d need for a day out or for an extended trip. Bonus points for the fact that it’s made from 100% recycled material – 13 sixteen-ounce bottles to be exact!
Though I was initially concerned about the quality of the material (with good reason it feels somewhat plastic-ish), I’ve come to completely trust it and have packed it full with my laptop, a couple of books, a bottle of water and snacks.
The features I find most useful are:
- Airmesh back panel which provided a soft cushioning for me on a day hike
- Wide side pockets that are perfect for a bottle of water on each side. Some bags make these mesh side pockets too narrow or too shallow, but these are just right
- 2 external pockets. I found the small top one perfect for my little digital camera. The larger lower one was great for pens, my cell phone and a small snack.
- The sangria-colored bag (which I own) has shoulder harnesses that are ergonomically fitted for women
- The sangria bag also has a yellow interior, making it easy to locate items
I’m not sure there’s anything I would do to improve this bag. Maybe. One thing. And that is to allow the zippers to the main compartment to zip down just a bit farther to make it easier to pull items out. But that is such a nitpicky thing that it would never deter me from using the bag.
While I claim this as “my” bag, sometimes it’s good to have a sherpa with you who can do the heavy lifting. In the photo above that’s my sherpa carrying the bag while we were on the Napali Coast hiking on Kauai.