Well, rather then doing any more research, I just went out and bought a backpack yesturday. More on that in a second.
First, I’d like to say thanks to Alex and Nate for emailing me suggestions. I also realized that I had turned comments off on my blog, which I immediately remembered doing because of an excessive amount of spam.
Now, back to the pack. I ended up purchasing a REI brand daypack called the Lookout. The large weighs in at a hefty 2500 cubic inches. After spending some time looking at the other packs in my price range, this one fit the best.
I’ve had it less then 24 hours so I don’t feel I can make a good review just yet. Perhaps I will write one later.
I normally don’t make purchases this fast. However, the need was huge here, so I had to do something. Part of the reason I went to REI was because of their excellent return policy and the fact that I drive by their flagship store almost every day.