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Montane Micro Flux (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesThere is no hood on the Micro Flux, which for me is a major drawback, although Montane does have plenty of hooded options available, so choose one of them if you love hoods. There are two map-sized pockets and they’re placed high enough to allow access even when wearing a rucksack hipbelt. The cuffs are elasticated and they fitted me ...

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Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 (2014)

£110.00

The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 for men and the women’s nearest equivalents – the ACT Lite 35+10 (£105) or ACT Lite 45+10 (£120) – are well-established packs. They have Deuter’s VariQuick adjustable back lengths so you can ensure you get a good fit. The back system is padded in the body contact areas, with air channels to reduce how sweaty ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 42+8 (2014)

£120.00

The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. The Asymmetric back system can be adjusted to length by raising or lowering the shoulder strap section along metal staves in the back panel. You get a thin layer of mesh over perforated padding on the main body contact areas to reduce the build-up of sweat. The back ...

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OMM Adventure 45+10 (2014)

£100.00

If saving weight is your top priority, then the OMM Adventure 45+10 is for you as it weighs just 921g, yet you still get a good set of hillwalking features. The back system has a stiffened panel that’s padded for more comfort while allowing the sack to be easily stuffed with gear without ‘barrelling’ and becoming uncomfortable. There’s a wide ...

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Berghaus Freeflow 40 (2014)

£90.00

The Freeflow range of rucksacks from Berghaus have been popular for many years, and in the latest versions they get an adjustable back length so you can be sure that the sack fits you. Of course others may fit you straight off the peg, so this itself isn’t necessarily a big advantage. However, the Freeflow back system does hold the ...

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Fjällräven Friluft 45 (2014)

£135.00

Designed for day and multi-day trips, the Fjällräven Friluft 45 benefits from an arched back panel with an open mesh covering that holds the main compartment away from the user’s body to allow maximum airflow and reduce sweat. This makes the pack very comfortable in hot weather without reducing the stability of the load, although the whole back system is ...

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Osprey Talon 44/Tempest 40 (2014)

£100.00

The Osprey Talon for men and the women’s Tempest range of sacks have gained ‘Best Value’ awards from Trail on several occasions. They have a moulded back panel with a mesh covering to produce good airflow across the back, while the perforated hipbelt and shoulder straps allow further air circulation in body contact areas. This design allows the sack to ...

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Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 (2014)

£100.00

The new Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 has a mesh covering over a padded back panel with a wire frame to add stability to the load, and this is stiff enough to allow fairly casual packing without items digging into your back or the sack ‘barrelling’ too much. The back panel has shallow air channels while the shoulder straps and hipbelt ...

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Mammut Creon Light 45 (2014)

£125.00

The Mammut Creon Light 45 looks like any other well-designed rucksack, but plonk this on the scales and it weighs just 1094g, which is far lighter than first appearances suggest. There’s no skimping on features here, though, as you get a back system with a mesh panel to hold the pack away from the body to create masses of airflow. ...

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Outdoor Research Cirque Pants (2014)

£110.00

Outdoor Research Cirque Pants, designed for mountaineering and alpine conditions, use a tough but stretchy soft shell fabric. A diamond crotch panel adds freedom of movement, as do articulated knees. The waist gets a soft lining, belt loops, elastication and loops for braces; plus there’s a tough scuff panel inside the ankle cuff, a boot lace hook and a zipped ...

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Mountain Hardwear Mesa/Ramesa V2 Convertible Pant (2014)

£55.00

The Mountain Hardwear Mesa (men’s) and Ramesa (women’s) are convertible trousers made from nylon with double lines of stitching for extra durability. You get massive OS map-sized pockets on the front and rear of the hips, plus belt loops to ensure the trousers stay in place, even when you’re burning calories during a trip. The zips on the removable lower ...

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Gregory Z25/J23 (2014)

£80.00

The men’s Z25 and women’s J23 are unique in our test as they have the only back system that holds the pack a few centimetres away from the torso to really promote airflow around the body. At 964g (Z25) and 790g (J23) these packs aren’t the lightest options around, but the less clammy sensation you get may well be worth ...

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Vaude Triset 22 (2014)

£65.00

Designed for fast hiking, the Vaude Triset 22 weighs just 661g, which is not the lightest option; but this is a more walker-orientated design than the superlight packs that are optimised for runners. The pack has a seemingly less sophisticated back design than some others, with just two strips of mesh-covered padding improving comfort, rather than the full coverings of ...

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Optimus Vega (2014)

£85.00

The Optimus Vega promotes its inverted gas cylinder as ‘integrated 4-season mode’ because when inverted it performs better in cold weather. Optimus also highlights that faster boil times are possible with the gas canister inverted; but for greater efficiency and better simmer control using the gas cylinder the conventional way is better. The flame control is also at the gas ...

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Jetboil Flash (2014)

£105.00

Jetboil stoves are extremely popular with solo backpackers, thanks to their unique integrated pan design and simple but effective performance. The Flash comes in a range of colours to suit your taste, but whichever you choose you get a tall dedicated pot that takes 0.5 litres of water and is fitted with a set of heat exchanger fins on the ...

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MSR Windpro II (2014)

£90.00

Gas burners with a remote canister have the advantage of providing a more stable base for a wobbly pan of boiling water, but the canister can also be easily inverted, which has the benefit of improving performance in colder conditions. The Windpro II is the latest version of this popular MSR design and it benefits from very wide (15cm diameter) ...

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Osprey Talon 22 £75/Tempest 30 (2014)

£60.00

The Osprey Talon 22 has been a frequent winner of Trail tests. It’s a very well-established sub-1kg day sack, with the nearest women’s-specific equivalent being the slightly larger Tempest 30. Both sacks weigh under 1kg and offer great features for hillwalkers. The main benefit is the AirScape back panel, which features a mesh covering over a ridge-moulded foam panel to ...

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Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 (2014)

£60.00

The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 lives up to its name with a weight of just 410g. The back panel has a wicking mesh layer with removable internal stiffening, and the AdpativeFit shoulder straps attach to the body with a narrow panel that allows them to move more easily with the torso to prevent restriction of movement. The hipbelt lacks mesh ...

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Fjällräven Abisko/Tundra (2014)

£140.00

No-one likes having a wet bum, so the ability to make some areas of your outdoor trousers water-resistant is very useful. Fjällräven Abisko/Tundra trousers are made from polyester / cotton, which can be treated with Greenland Wax for more water resistance. Proofing the seat, knees, thighs and ankle cuff areas is ideal for many walking situations as this then leaves ...

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Primus Eta Express (2014)

£95.00

The Primus Eta Express has gradually evolved into a great practical camping and backpacking stove. For £95 you get a burner with piezo ignition, a windshield, and a cooking pot with a lid that includes a colander and a plastic bowl. Everything packs into a stuffsack, but it doesn’t pack down as neatly as it could with a little more ...

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Terra Nova Laser 25 (2014)

£80.00

If you really want to save weight, then the Terra Nova Laser 25 is the pack for you at just 365g. It is very much aimed at those wanting a fast and light pack for runs, adventure racing or bagging lots of mountains in a single day. To that end it’s made from a very thin ripstop fabric with reinforcement ...

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The North Face Casimir 27 (2014)

£100.00

I’ve been using the The North Face Casimir 27 for a year, and it’s one of my favourite lightweight packs. It tips the scales at 787g, so it isn’t the absolute lightest option, but with those few extra grams comes a great deal of extra mountain-friendly performance. The gender-specific Optifit back system is adjustable in length by raising the shoulder ...

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Deuter Speedlite 30 (2014)

£80.00

The Deuter Speedlite 30 tips the Trail scales at 873g. But compared with lighter rucksacks it feels a little more robust and better able to handle the rough and tumble of a few years’ use in the hills when hillwalking and scrambling. I’ve used it for a year now and really love it for typical Lakeland hill trips. The back ...

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Black Diamond Bolt (2014)

£90.00

The Black Diamond Bolt is the heaviest sack in our test at 990g but it’s also the best-designed for hillwalkers and scramblers. It’s built around a reActiv back system, which allows your torso to move more easily, without the body of the sack rocking from side to side on every step. This is achieved by having the shoulder straps linked ...

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The North Face Banchee 50 (2014)

£145.00

The North Face’s Banchee 50 is designed for light and fast backpacking forays according to the manufacturer, but this is not the lightest sack available as it weighs in at 1547g, which is heavier than many lightweight 50 litre rucksacks. But you are getting a superb set of features here, which many lighter rucksacks cannot boast. Firstly the back system ...

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