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Highlander Munro 35 2009

£35.00

The Highlander Munro 35 rucksack has a tested capacity of 36 litres; low price; long back; top lid pocket, black raincover; mesh underside pocket, top bungee; vented back, inside pocket; comfy shoulder straps; large front pocket, daisy chain, 2 large side pockets; less comfy hipbelt; 2 pole end holders, 1 ice axe loop. But it’s the third heaviest at 1534g; ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Survivor Endure 45

£35.00

Yet another good, basic starter 41-50 litre rucksack from Regatta. If you have never been out on the hills but want to start then may I suggest you start with this. All the basic features are provided. The pocket on the front of the pack is a good size and will allow you to access an OS map quickly. You ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Gelert Core 45+10 2008

£35.00

This rucksack has a good adjustable Cool Air back system; lots of padding on back and hipbelt; wand pockets; side compression straps; snow-lock extension; twin main compartments; floating lid with internal and external pockets and stowed rain cover. But 1800g is very heavy; do you need the adjustable back length, base compartment and bellows side pockets that add all this ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Regatta RSX135

£40.00

This daysack comes with the usual set of features. It has a nice selection of good-sized pockets making the pack functional on the hill, but without making it too fussy and over-complicated. The side ones will hold a one litre Nalgene bottle, while the front pocket is big enough to allow you to keep your OS map handy. Although the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Robens Winnipeg 45 2008

£40.00

This rucksack weighs 1500g; adjustable back system with airflow chimney; well-padded back and hipbelt; mesh wand pockets; rain cover in base; hydration system-compatible; external, internal lid pocket; superb price. But some other sacks are lighter or allow more airflow around the back; do you need an adjustable back system on such a small capacity sack?

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Traversa 35 2009

£40.00

The Vango Traversa 35 rucksack has a medium back; comfy shoulder straps; top zip pocket; 2 pole or ice axe loops, front daisy chain, 2 mesh side pockets, comfy hipbelt, removable back stiffener, drawcorded bottom part, red rain cover. But it’s quite heavy at 1351g; undersized by 5 litres at a tested capacity of 30 litres – might not be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Airvent 35

£45.00

Unusually, this daysack features a snow lock extension for the mouth of the pack along with a compression strap. This is a really useful, important feature and will prevent rain entering even if you overfill it. The ventilated back system has shoulder straps, a chest strap and hipbelt, which all provide basic adjustment and padding where needed. There are fastenings ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Blacks Roc 35 Air

£50.00

The back system of this daysack is quite adjustable. Both the shoulder and chest straps can be altered to get a more precise fit. The hipbelt offers good padding, inward-pulling adjustment and a purse. The inward-pulling straps make the hipbelt easier to adjust and use. The pack’s main entry comes with a snow lock extension to keep out rain even ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Deuter Groden 35

£50.00

This daysack from Deuter comes with the company’s excellent Aircomfort concave back system, which feels both comfy and cool. The shoulder straps are well shaped and have just the right amount of padding, and the hip belt spreads the load well. Although it has a pocket for a hydration reservoir, there’s no outlet or routing for a tube. Otherwise it’s ...

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Regatta X-Ert Performance 35L 2009

£55.00

The Regatta X-Ert Performance 35L rucksack’s tested capacity is 36 litres; durable; long back; top zip pocket, blue rain cover, comfy shoulder straps; 2 zip and 2 elasticated mesh side, front and base pockets; 2 pole or ice axe loops; padded hipbelt; vented back. But no snow lock extension; heavy at 1412g; side pocket zips obstructed by compression straps; bulky ...

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Native Planet Guide 45 2008

£55.00

This rucksack has a padded back system with airflow chimney; wide hipbelt with pockets; mesh wand pockets; bellows side pockets; compression straps; two zipped front pockets and Velcro front stash pocket; external and internal lid pockets; rain cover; hydration system-compatible. But 1930g is extremely heavy; some have more airflow; do you really need all those pockets?

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Tatonka Tivano

£60.00

Unusually, the back system of this women’s-fit daysack actually allows you to alter its length, making it possible to get a more precise fit. It will also appeal to the taller females out there. There is a good selection of pockets (the side ones in particular are gigantic). The base of the pack has a zipped opening to access items ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Bear Tooth Air 35

£70.00

This daysack from Lowe Alpine has a unique adjustable back system which ensures it will fit most walkers. However, with shorter people, the lid pocket may obstruct head movement when adjusted to the shortest back lengths. A big pack with a main compartment that can be split into two – ideal for weekend walks etc. The pockets were also excellent. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mammut Creon Classic (2011)

£75.00

From the outside, it looks like a simple pack and there aren’t too many straps and flappy bits to get in the way. Even the bottle pockets have zips to tidy away and secure your water – bad news for Duke of Edinburgh hikers, with their flapping tin cups et al, but good news for everybody else who doesn’t like ...

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Karrimor Airspace 35+5 (2011)

£75.00

The back system is a little different to others, with a thinner area in contact with the back, which can be a little awkward at first compared to wider mesh vents. The hip belt also flexes independently of the rest of the pack, which does allow for more comfort and movement in the hips, although it can sometimes stick into ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Macpac Amp Light 35

£80.00

This is a wonderfully simple, lightweight daysack. Pockets include one in the lid, another large one at the front and three wand pockets around the base. There are facilities for walking poles, axes and a hydration system. The lid has a good-sized, double drawstring skirt to keep out even the worst downpours. Compression straps on the sides will reduce the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Stravaig 35 (2011)

£85.00

A less-ventilated pack than some, with a channelled back rather than suspended mesh. The benefit of a channelled back system is that it keeps the load very close to your centre of gravity so that even heavy loads feel stable. The obvious downside is that you don’t get the airflow offered by suspended mesh back systems. There’s plenty of padding ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lafuma X-Light 35

£85.00

This 30-40 litre rucksack weighs 1245g; self-inflating back system; wide padded hipbelt; stretch side wand pocket; mesh wand pocket; zipped front access; compression straps; single clasp lid; rain cover; deep snow-lock extension; large lid pocket. But is a self-inflating back system really necessary? Zipped front access tricky with a liner.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Deuter Futura 32 (2011)

£85.00

The hip pads are great – supportive all the way around to the front and shaped to offer maximum comfort. The pull-together waist adjustment is great for getting a snug fit, too. The shoulder straps are also well-padded with a dimpled face fabric to help draw away moisture. The Air Comfort back system does allow air to circulate around well, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 2
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Karrimor Vapour 45L

£90.00

This is a 41-50 litre pack that’s designed to keep the weight down. The parts that need to be sturdy are just that, while other sections are nice and light. Even the clips are designed to reduce weight, and the walking pole straps can be removed. Pockets are limited to an internal and an external pocket in the lid, while ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Osprey Aura 35 2009

£90.00

The Osprey Aura 35 rucksack is robust; medium back; no lid (zip top opener); top and inside mesh pockets; 2 large stretch side and 1 front stash pockets, 2 pole or ice axe loops, padded snack pocketed hipbelt; complex back vent. But it’s quite heavy at 1318g; tested as oversized by 5 litres at 40 litres; high price; top opening ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 45+10 2008

£90.00

This rucksack has an adjustable length back system with added airflow; adjustable hipbelt; exceptionally durable; front pocket; lid pocket; removable rain cover (94g); zipped side entry to main compartment; snow-lock extension; hydration system-compatible. But 1750g is heavy; do you need this extra durability, side access and adjustable back length?

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Gregory Jade 35 2009

£100.00

The Gregory Jade 35 rucksack has a short back; ladies’ narrow fit, shoulder strap moves well; top lid, front zip, internal access and 2 side pockets, 2 snack hipbelt pockets; 2 pole or axe loops, compression straps, well-vented back. But quite heavy at 1357g; tested as 7 litres oversize at 42 litres; high price; back vent intrudes into main sack; ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Kathmandu Voltai (2012)

£100.00

As the lightest and cheapest of the rucksacks in our test, compromises have had to be made. In the case of the Kathmandu Voltai it’s that there’s only one back length available and it isn’t adjustable – so it will either fit you or it won’t! Also there is only one main compartment, rather than two found on others, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Dihedral 2008

£100.00

This rucksack comes in 45 litre (S) and 52 litres (M); padded back system; padded hipbelt; wand pockets; side compression straps; one main compartment with snow-lock extension; extending lid; extremely durable fabrics; hydration system-compatible. But 1870g (size M) is extremely heavy; others are lighter with more airflow; not many pockets; lid can float forward to allow water in.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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