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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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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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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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Osprey Mutant 38 rucksack 2008

£70.00

Some rucksacks look nice but are totally impractical on the hill. Others are superb on the hill but look like they were sketched out on a fag packet and knocked up in a garden shed. So when it comes to designing a great rucksack there’s plenty that can go wrong – and it often does!  Thankfully there are some brands ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Osprey Stratos 32

£75.00

This daysack from Osprey has the excellent AirCore concave back system, which does a great job of minimising contact with your back, yet still feels supportive. The shoulder straps and hip belt also have just the right amount of padding for a pack of this size. Although only 32 litres, it will easily swallow your kit. Light and well-built, it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Black Diamond Speed 40 2008

£80.00

A simple rucksack that’s been primarily designed for mountaineers, but hill-walkers will benefit from its no-frills design. At just 1205g it is ideal for lightweight backpacking as well as day trips. The back system is a simple padded affair that is great for scrambling or walking. There is enough padding to make bigger loads comfortable too. I also like the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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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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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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Osprey Aura 50L

£120.00

This 41-50 litre pack has all the required features for a good day on the hill and as usual they are all presented in Osprey’s unique style. The stretchy pocket on the front makes for easy stowing of excess pieces of clothing, while the two front pockets on either side are a great size. The lid also comes with an ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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