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Vango Stealth 40+8 2008

£50.00

Vango has always been a brand that you can rely on for coming up with superb-value products – and the Stealth rucksack is no exception. You get a well-padded back system that can also be adjusted for length. This has good stiffness to make packing easier. The body is a simple single compartment with a useful front pocket that is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor Airspace 30

£50.00

This daysack is similar to a technical climbing ’sack in concept with no unnecessary clutter and a clean, streamlined profile. The back system is adjustable, with shoulder straps you can alter at the top, a chest strap and hipbelt. The pocket on the body of the pack is comfortably OS map-sized. Plastic lugs and adjustable elastic allow for walking poles ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Arête 45 2008

£50.00

The Arête 45 is a wonderfully simple and functional rucksack, and at only 1045g it deserves to be high on the wants list of anyone heading to the hills. The sack has a simple padded back system, hipbelt and shoulder straps that allow you to throw it on your back and forget about it. The back is stiff enough to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vaude Triset 35 + 8

£55.00

This daysack from Vaude has adjustable shoulder straps that help it to mould sweetly around your back, and the Aeroflex concave back system is cool and comfortable. You hardly know you’re carrying it, even when full, and the padded waist belt is excellent. This is a roomy pack, but the compression straps make it easy to tighten everything down when ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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The North Face Terra 35

£60.00

This daysack from The North Face fits well and you’ll enjoy carrying it. But it needed careful packing when very full, as it is easily pushed out of shape so that the actual back of the pack makes contact with you, rather than the foam padding. The Terra is a good size for weekend trips, and the choice of pockets, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Freeflow III 35 + 8

£60.00

This daysack from Berghaus is very comfortable. You’ll hardly notice you’re carrying it – even when fully loaded – which says a lot about the Freeflow back system. However, it does carry the load away from the back, which can affect stability. The 35+8-litre capacity sounds huge, and it’s superbly featured, with everything you could wish for, including excellent pockets ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Freeflow 30+6

£60.00

The design of this daysack is useful if you are away overnight as it uses a zip-out/Velcro inner section to split the pack into two. Access is gained via the pocket at the base, while the Velcro allows you to carry tent poles even when you are using the divider. The back system is well-vented and has soft, mesh-filled shoulder ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Millet Prolight 35

£60.00

The price of this 30-40 litre rucksack makes it particularly appealing, especially as you can buy more expensive sacks that are not so good! At 1370g it is a reasonable weight. I particularly like the lid with its single-buckle closure and its gusset panel that allows the lid to be raised for overloading the sack without allowing rain to enter. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Jack Wolfskin Cross Terra 30 2009

£70.00

The Jack Wolfskin Cross Terra 30 is a comfy, robust, simple rucksack for ladies (the men’s version is the  larger Cross Terra 36) with a short back length and narrow shoulders. It is packed with features walkers want. This, combined with its specific women’s fit, makes it a finalist. The back length would suit shorter frames and the contoured shoulder ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Kestrel 38

£75.00

Osprey regularly comes up with fresh ideas, so it is perhaps of no surprise to find some unique features on this 30-40 litre rucksack. Most interestingly of all is the Stow on the Go trekking poles holder system that allows poles to be attached to the shoulder strap and body of the sack in seconds, say when you need to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Deuter ACT Trail 32

£79.00

The ACT Trail is a nice simple 30-40 litre rucksack with a few neat extras. It weighs in at 1350g, which is fine. The material is tough and the design easy to use. There is one main compartment with an additional front access panel. The lid is a single-buckle design for fast and easy closure. On the front you get ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Ligero 35

£80.00

This 30-40 litre rucksack has a moulded back system with airflow channels and good stability and comfort; wide, padded hipbelt; stretch wand pockets; compression straps; front stash pocket; zip-top main compartment closure; two large lid pockets; removable rain cover (104g). But you might prefer a conventional lid closure; it’s surprisingly heavy at 1500g.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Freeflow 35+8 (2011)

£80.00

A great pack for all-round walking, with an extra eight litres of expandable capacity for when you need to carry a bit more kit. The Freeflow back system is excellent, with minimal contact across the majority of the back and excellent padding in areas where it’s needed (hips and shoulders). The padding around the waistbelt is solid enough, and extends ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Beartooth Air

£80.00

The Beartooth Air is a sound offering from Lowe Alpine. The back system is designed to keep your back ventilated and cool while you are on the move. All the features you will require for days on the hill are there – walking pole attachments, rain cover and bladder housing. The pockets on the sides of the pack are compressible ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lightwave Fastpack 40

£80.00

At just £80 this 30-40 litre rucksack provides pretty much everything that most hill-walkers want. It weighs in at a respectable 1160g. The material is a little lighter than others, but it’s still good and tough. To help keep rain out you get welded and taped seams so there is less need for a waterproof liner (if any need?). The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Black Diamond Speed 30 2009

£80.00

The Black Diamond Speed 30 is a well-designed rucksack that will see you through summer and winter. However – though it’s light, 1006g design makes a good walking pack – its features are more suited to those at the mountaineering end of the scale rather than hill-walkers. The sleek cut (with no side pockets) and light weight sees to this, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Brenta 35 (2011)

£80.00

The adjustable back system has to be the biggest draw for this pack, being one of the simplest to adjust and allowing you to customise the fit. The real benefit comes from the ability to customise the amount of curve in the suspended mesh back system. Two small tabs are all it takes and so the pack can be adjusted ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Stratos 34 (2012)

£85.00

Osprey packs are best known for their incredible levels of comfort, and the Stratos is no exception. Throw this pack on and you get great airflow from the AirSpeed back system, which means you don’t feel too sweaty. But the pack also fits closely and really hugs the body, making this a very stable carry too. In terms of comfort ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Brenta 30 (2012)

£85.00

The Vaude Brenta 30 has an Aeroflex back system, which holds the pack away from the wearer to increase airflow and thereby reduce that horrible clammy feeling. But what’s particularly interesting is that the back system can be adjusted to increase the curvature of the pack, thus increasing the airflow, or decrease the curvature of the back to reduce airflow ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Deuter Act Light 40+10SL

£85.00

This is a solid, quality 41-50 litre pack from Deuter. It has been designed in such a way as to make it stand out from the usual offerings. It’s a sleek-looking rucksack that comes with all the standard features plus a few extras. The lid expands and comes with an internal and two external pockets. Access to the base of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Bush Baby Lite

£90.00

This is an excellent pack with a very comfortable back system, which I was happy to walk around in all day. The sun canopy is very good and the rain cover, which has clear viewing windows on three sides, was definitely the least claustrophobic. The raincover doesn’t come as standard, though, so it will cost you an extra £15, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Aura 35

£90.00

This daysack is a little different to most others and deserves a closer look. It is entered via a zip-around opening, rather than the normal lid closure. The zip is protected by a stormflap that helps to keep out the rain. The stretchy fabric front pocket provides a superior alternative to the elastic you sometimes get on packs for extra ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Deuter ACT Trail 32 (2012)

£90.00

The ACT Trail range from Deuter are well-established packs that give a close and comfortable fit. This 32 litre version is designed for men, with the women’s equivalent being a 28 litre version at £85. The back system is well-padded with an air chimney to prevent it feeling too sweaty. The body of the sack is a little unusual with ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs LIM 45 2008

£95.00

A very unusual rucksack that’s extremely light (just 1035g). The main compartment closure is a roll-top design that saves weight and makes this closure waterproof if it is closed properly – although you still need a liner as the seams can leak. There is a main compartment with compression adjustment to stabilise the load. A large stretch front stash pocket ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Aura 35 (2011)

£100.00

One of the most comfortable women’s daypacks around, with a soft mesh hip belt and nicely rounded shoulder straps. The lightweight frame provides excellent load-carrying support, and the suspended mesh back system stops you getting sweaty. Inside, this pack is cavernous, with plenty of space for everything you’ll need on a long winter walk. The main compartment has a wide, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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