One of the key considerations when selecting hiking packs is the length of your usual backpacking trip. Weekend or overnight hikes are becoming more popular as an inexpensive weekend getaway, and you have many options for your day hiking pack.

Here are some features to keep in mind when selecting hiking packs for a weekend adventure:

Size: Most companies recommend a hiking daypack of at least 40 liters, going up to 65 liters for women and 75 liters for men. Liters have become the standard measure of capacity for hiking packs instead of cubic inches.

Style: If you haven't bought hiking packs lately, you'll find that most day hiking packs feature an internal frame construction designed to fit more closely to the body and help keep the hiking packs (and the hikers) more stable and balanced.

Substance: Your choice of hiking packs depends in part on how much you want to minimize the weight of your gear. Ultralight backpacking backpacks sacrifice some comfort to keep weight at a minimum, while deluxe models offer more comfort at the price of more weight.

Visit your local Sun & Ski shop for expert advice about choosing hiking packs.