Meet the Matador Beast28, a technical daypack built to go with you anywhere

matador beast28 backpack print
A good daypack is an essential piece of gear for any outdoor traveler but it isn’t always easy to take one along with us. Most daypacks made for the trail typically don’t make good carry-on bags, or vice versa, and that means we have to make compromises in performance along the way. Matador is looking to change that with the Beast28, which was designed to go anywhere.

Matador launched in 2014 when its founders noticed people sitting on their coats or carrying bulky blankets with them everywhere. They then came up with the idea of a packable groundsheet that could be easily transported, and the Matador Pocket Blanket was born. Since then, the company has gone on to create a number of travel bags designed to deliver a product that can be packed down to a fraction of its normal size.

The Beast28 is the latest extension of that idea, but with one big difference. While most of Matador’s other bags offered few frills beyond their small size, the Beast28 has a host of features for use on the trail. For instance, it is hydration-compatible and can accommodate water bladders from almost any manufacturer. The pack even comes with built-in hose routing loops to make it as easy as possible to stay hydrated while on the move.

The bag is water-resistant, offers 28 liters of carrying capacity, and weighs less than 20 ounces. In addition to its main pocket, the pack also includes storage in the lid and a stash compartment in the back. A third pocket, found along the bottom, can be used to hold additional gear, as well as the Beast28’s included stuff sack. There are even gear loops and tethers along the outside of the backpack that can accommodate additional equipment such as trekking poles or a small solar panel.

Of course, the most impressive feature of the Beast28 may be its ability to pack down to such a small size. When emptied of its gear and placed inside its compression sack, the bag takes up little space inside your luggage. This, of course, makes it an ideal travel companion for hikers who need a technical daypack but may be limited in what they can carry with them.

The Beast28 is available from the Matador website for $90.

Emerging Tech

The grid of the future will be powered by … giant subterranean bagpipes?

In order to transition to a more renewable-focused energy system, we need to scale up our grid storage capacity --- and our existing methods aren't going to cut it. Could compressed air be the key?
Outdoors

The best sustainable outdoor gear for Earth Day and beyond

Take some time to clean up trash on a highly-used hiking trail for Earth Day, but don't stop there. Take the next step by choosing only sustainable gear for your outdoor adventures.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Mobile

The 15 most stylish iPhone docks and charging stands for your device

The right iPhone dock does more than just hold your phone. If you’re looking for the perfect dock for your bedroom, or one to sit discretely on your office desk, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Emerging Tech

Adidas has created a running shoe that’s made to be remade

Adidas has unveiled the Futurecraft Loop running shoe that it claims is the first performance footwear to be 100% recyclable. The shoe is the latest green initiative by the sportswear company and will go on sale in 2021.
Emerging Tech

Burgers are just the beginning: Embracing the future of lab-grown everything

You’ve almost certainly heard of the 'farm to fork' movement, but what about 'lab to table'? Welcome to the fast-evolving world of lab-grown meat. Is this the future of food as we know it?
Home Theater

Run to the beat of your favorite music with the best running headphones

Running is a great source of exercise but isn't always the most thrilling, especially when you're fiddling to keep your headphones in place. Check out our picks for the best headphones for running, so you never have to miss a beat again.
Outdoors

Puma is looking for volunteers to test its self-lacing sports shoe

Puma unveiled its high-tech self-lacing shoe at the start of the year, and now it's looking for volunteers from around the world to try it out and offer feedback so it can finalize the design prior to launch.
Outdoors

Lyft is offering free bikeshare rides to highlight Earth Day

To highlight Earth Day and promote its own green efforts, Lyft is offering free rides with its bikeshare programs in six cities across the U.S. on April 22. Anyone interested should check the service's website for full details.
Deals

Get cooking with a Masterbuilt meat smoker, now $230 off

Warm weather means it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors, but meat lovers know that spring and summer are prime cookout time. The Masterbuilt meat smoker – on sale from Walmart for $230 off – is an excellent way to prepare meat like a…
Emerging Tech

Geoengineering is risky and unproven, but soon it might be necessary

Geoengineering is a field dedicated to purposely changing the world's climate using technology. Call it 'playing god' if you must; here's why its proponents believe it absolutely must happen.
Outdoors

Inside the high-tech lab that makes the world’s safest bike helmet

Trek and Bontrager have taken the wraps off of a new cycling helmet that uses WaveCel technology to dramatically reduce head injuries by dispersing the impact in a way that is 48 times safer than current helmets.
Photography

These are the best action cameras money can buy, from GoPro to Garmin and more

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.