I have been a serious daily walker for a long time and very recently got into day hiking. It's such fun! I prefer hiking fairly rigorous peaks here in California. I hope to one day do some very short overnighters.
I have two very old Jansport frameless knapsacks from back in college that I have been using so far. They're fine but I would like a pack with a "chest strap" and a padded "waist belt" that actually fits me.
I also want something that will hold a water bladder and have exterior side pockets for water/sports drink bottles. I'm 6'2", wide of beam and 50 of age.
I was thinking about either the REI Trail 30 or 40L day packs:http://www.rei.com/product/880838/rei-trail-30-packhttp://www.rei.com/product/880839/rei-trail-40-pack-mens
Any advice would be deeply appreciated. Thank you.