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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Alpine 35 (2014)

£100.00

Established back in 1981 by mountaineer Rab Carrington, Rab first made high-end, alpine-spec down products, later diversifying. Its reputation established, Carrington sold the business to Equip Outdoor Technologies in 2004, which acquired brands such as OutdoorDesigns and Lowe Alpine. One of the later additions to the Equip portfolio was the cult purveyor of rucksacks acclaimed for their robust simplicity: Pod. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Montane Medusa 32 (2014)

£80.00

The Montane Medusa 32 is the serious hillwalker’s pack of choice. Thoughtfully designed and robust, its fabric certainly feels more substantial than many other packs in our test, though this does impact slightly on weight. The back system is a chunk of foam that sits into the groove of your back well, though those who prefer the airy feel of ...

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Fjällräven Funas 35 (2014)

£98.00

Fjällräven gear is traditionally styled, high-quality equipment from Sweden. The 35-litre Funas feels incredibly well-made – the grab handle on the top is practically a thing of beauty – and the rigid, padded back system and thick belt straps definitely feel as if they’re built to last. You get a raincover, a drawstring and a cinch buckle over the main ...

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Montane Medusa (2012)

£80.00

Not content with making great waterproof jackets, Montane has added a small range of rucksacks to its product line for 2012. The Medusa is a lightweight sack at just 913g and yet it has enough features to make it a practical experience rather than a minimalist choice on the hill. The sack is based around a moulded back panel that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 (2012)

£85.00

The Freeflow has been a Berghaus classic for many years, but for 2012 it has a new adjustable back system. This features a sprung mesh layer that holds the pack away from the wearer but unlike the older version, which had an excessively curved back panel, this new system does not impact on the shape of the main compartment, so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 35+10 (2011)

£100.00

This is an excellent, technical pack with lots of features common to larger packs. In fact it will work well for overnight trips too, with its expandable 10 litres of extra capacity. The floating lid can be adjusted to hold more in the main compartment, and there are plenty of compression straps to expand or contract the pack as necessary. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Gregory Jade 35 (2011)

£94.00

A really comfortable pack with plenty of space for extra kit. It’s got lightweight, flexible and padded hip fins and shoulder straps, and the load is distributed easily across the hips. It’s also got a suspended mesh back system with padded lumbar support so that load-carrying is comfortable and sweat-free. The main compartment is really big, with a zipped panel ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Deuter Futura 34 AC SL

£65.00

This daysack is a good-quality, easy-to-use all-rounder. It is usefully split into two sections by a zip-out divide allowing equipment packed at the bottom to be accessed easily by a large zip opening at the base. You get both a walking pole and ice axe attachments, a detachable rain cover, hydration housing and an idiot’s guide to being rescued. All ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Mintaka Air ND35

£55.00

This daysack from Lowe Alpine has a comfortable back system with a decent amount of padding and good lumbar support. The nicely contoured shoulder straps are good, too. Bigger busted women may not find the chest strap long enough. The Pure Air Zone back system creates a good flow of air without feeling unstable. However, this pack doesn’t have any ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Deuter Act Trail 32

£70.00

This daysack from Deuter is perfect! It’s just the right size for your back and the padding either side of the deep ventilation channel feels great, spreading the load with just the right amount of contact. The hip fins are padded without being over the top, the shoulder straps are well positioned and very comfortable and the chest strap has ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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