Well I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of big bulky back packs. But I did need one for Lollapalooza this summer. I wanted to look cool without the fuss. Oh you know what I mean people. It’s a fine balance. 😉
Last year I made a bad choice and brought a Top Shop leather cross body bag that proved to be a pain when it bucketed down with rain on my last night at Lollapalooza. This year I was determined to go practical but also fun.
Enter Mountain Equipment Co-op. Surprised? Believe me, I was too. Since I was going with two other girls I opted for the following Mountain Equipment Co-op day packs for our Lollapalooza adventures.
MEC Ridgemont Day pack: Product Number: 5000-664
MEC Pika Plus Day pack: Product Number: 4003-256
MEC Travel Light Day Pack: Product Number: 5023-570
Each bag was a different design but still small enough for our day travels and not look like we were backpackers hiking around downtown Chicago. They had to work with our outfits! 😉
My friend T had the MEC Ridgemont Day pack: Product Number: 5000-664 in black ($18.50 CAD). She liked it because it was a sweet and simple pack. The foam-free, frameless back compacts easily, so you can stow it in a larger pack and pull it out for side trips. The Ridgemount also serves well for day trips and use around town. The only thing about this bag that you may not like was that it had a bit of a sporty edge. But if you can see past that – it will serve you well.
•Main body is high-density 420-denier nylon pack cloth; bottom is Cordura® for extra abrasion resistance.
•Foam-padded shoulder straps and low-profile webbing waistband.
•Twin side pockets with elasticized tops hold water bottles, etc. securely yet accessibly.
•Carabiner loop lets you clip on a coffee mug. Reflective taping on the loop adds a bit of night time visibility.
•Webbing grab handle on top.
•Flat pocket on front holds wallet, coins, etc. and has a key clip.
•Capacity is 14L.
I had the MEC Pika Plus Day pack: Product Number: 4003-256 in black ($14.50 CAD). I loved this lil baby because I was able to chuck my rain boots, a banana, a camera, cell phone, make up case and even lil snacks into it. Who knew such an affordable day pack could house so much stuff and not weigh me down but still also look cute? The only quip I had about this day pack was that I wish I picked up the MEC Rain Cover Product Number: 0609-131. When it rained on the Saturday the day pack got soaked through. Luckily it dried out by the following morning. But the MEC Rain Cover would have made a decent investment piece for a mere $7.25 CAD.
This small, convenient pack also has a main compartment that zips open across the top and a bellows outer pocket where you can stuff in several small items.
•Made of durable nylon pack cloth.
•Webbing grab loop on top of pack.
•Thin webbing waist belt.
•Capacity of 17L.
The lovely Michelle had the MEC Travel Light Day Pack: Product Number: 5023-570 in red violet ($24.00 CAD). This was the priciest of the three. Michelle liked the shape of the bag, the vibrant colour and most of all that it didn’t look like a day pack but a neat carryall or tote.
This day pack is perfect when treating life as an adventure, shifting seamlessly between downtown and upcountry, work and play. The Travel Light series is light, compact, and easy to stow in a larger pack or a piece of luggage. The version has just enough room for necessities for an afternoon of hiking or shopping at the Saint Ouen.
•Made of 70-denier taffeta double rip stop.
•Contoured, slim shoulder straps with sternum strap.
•Internal zippered pocket for valuables.
•Removable foam back pad. When removed it allows the pack to stuff into the lid pocket.
•2cm webbing waist belt.
The bottom line ladies and gents, Coachella, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Osheaga are indeed for hipsters. But I have learned that travelling light but also fashion friendly is important. Mountain Equipment Co-op really surprised me on this trip to Lollapalooza. Sure, we were able to rock our inner rocker gals but at the same time we were able to pack our lives into 10 hour days at a festival and not feel like a) a mountaineer b) ready to throw the packs into the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in frustration.
I encourage you to check Mountain Equipment C0-op when you are planning your next city escape or need a lil day pack that will house your essentials and still keep your inner fashionista satisfied.