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Lowe Alpine Cholatse II 55:65 (2014)

£100.00

Lowe Alpine has always made great packs, and the Cholatse II 55:65 is no exception. But what is a surprise is the cost, as at £100 this sack is offering all the features and performance of packs much higher up the price scale. The back system has an air vent channel set between two vertical padded areas. The back also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lightwave Wildtrek 60 (2014)

£160.00

On the face of it the Lightwave Wildtrek 60 is a simpler design than others, without too many frills, but what it does have instead is a robust, practical design that’s great for taking across the hills day after day and day. The back system is a very stiff and supportive design that’s far better at carrying heavier loads than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Haglöfs Matrix 60 (2014)

£150.00

Haglöfs isn’t a brand I’d normally think of when choosing a big rucksack, but the Matrix 60 is a good, workmanlike piece of kit. The back length can be adjusted by raising or lowering the shoulder straps on their Velcro panels. The shoulder straps and hipbelt are both well-padded and stiffened to spread the load, though they lack the finesse ...

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The North Face Terra 65 (2014)

£125.00

The The North Face Terra 65 is a 65 litre sack that’s made from tough materials and has a good, stiff back to allow weight transfer to the hips via the supportive hipbelt. The back length can be adjusted by raising or lowering the shoulder straps along a rubber strap, while the hipbelt fins can each rotate independently to allow ...

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Berghaus Verden 65+10 (2014)

£120.00

The Berghaus Verden 65+10 is very much a traditional backpacking rucksack, with twin main compartments, bellows side pockets and lid; but it also features Berghaus’s Biofit back system, which allows the back length to be adjusted by the user, meaning you can get the sack to fit accurately while wearing it. It can be argued, of course, that if a ...

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Berghaus Bioflex 45 (2012)

£140.00

Berghaus has been developing the Bioflex back system for a few years now and for 2012 the system has been revamped to be lighter, but this sack is still on the heavy side at 1620g. However, according to Berghaus the Bioflex system reduces stress, strain and fatigue – so it is possible that this will compensate for the extra weight. ...

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Kathmandu Altai Pack V2 (2012)

£120.00

The Kathmandu Altai Pack V2 is a nice, clutter-free pack with a narrow profile to make it ideal for scrambling or mountaineering, but it is also comfortable enough for more general hill and mountain walks and lightweight overnight trips. The back system is a padded design with raised areas to allow a little more airflow across the back. This is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Gregory Savant 48 (2012)

£110.00

Forming part of Gregory’s All Mountain series, the Savant 48 is designed for overnight trips, trekking and general mountain use. The back system is a moulded panel with a mesh covering to allow some airflow across the back, and it is arguably the most comfortable back system here. On the back it feels stable too, although it does not provide ...

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Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack 45:55 (2012)

£140.00

As the name suggests, the Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack 45:55 is very much directed toward the mountaineering end of the spectrum, but it is also great for more technical hillwalks, scrambles and winter mountain walking. It uses a new material that is more durable than previous Lowe Alpine fabrics and so it should withstand scrapes on rock better than most. ...

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Karrimor Lynx (2012)

£135.00

Traditionally when you needed a durable and roomy backpack you would automatically go for a Karrimor – and those characteristics still apply today, with the Lynx offering plenty of space for all your camping gear (and a fair bit more), a fantastically bombproof fabric and a build that’s certain to withstand everything you (and perhaps baggage handlers) throw at it. ...

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Berghaus Bioflex 45 (2012)

£140.00

Prepare yourself for a totally different sensation when walking with this backpack, as Berghaus unleashes its BioFlex technology on the world. This unique back system sees the hipbelt pivot with you as you move, allowing you to bend forward and flex without being encumbered by your load. It does feel odd at first and takes some getting used to – ...

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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
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Mountain Hardwear Wandrin 48 (2012)

£130.00

The Mountain Hardwear Wandrin 48 is a rucksack that holds a surprising amount of kit within its two compartments. Long zip tags make it easy to open the lower one, and this can be opened up inside (thanks to a zip) to make one compartment if preferred. An oddly placed rain cover in the top half of the lower compartment ...

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Osprey Aura 50 (2012)

£120.00

At first glance the Osprey Aura 50 appears to be crammed with clips, straps and attachment loops – and it is! There is an impressive six external pockets and Osprey’s patented Stow on the Go trekking pole attachment system, which allows you to keep your poles slotted to your left side for easy access. This is useful in theory when ...

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Lowe Alpine Nanon ND 50:60 (2012)

£135.00

Though the Lowe Alpine Nanon ND 50:60 only has a single main compartment (as opposed to two) it certainly makes up for it with a massive front section that can take a whole wedge of extra kit if required. With two stretchy side panels and adjustable straps to make it go even further, it’s the perfect space to cram your ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 (2012)

£120.00

Let’s ignore the (removable) flower that singles this out as the woman’s version of the Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 and focus on the basics. Two compartments make this a good backpacking sack as you can zip the items you won’t need till the evening away from your walking staples. If you don’t want the feature, it’s easily unzipped to create ...

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Mammut Hera Element 40+ (2012)

£125.00

The Mammut Hera Element 40+ (as you might imagine) boasts a capacity of 40+ litres, but accommodates a generous amount of kit with room to spare, so it’s good for trips of several days. The rucksack has two compartments, one of which can be zipped away to create a single space, and large tags on the lower zips are perfect ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Deuter Futura Pro 34 SL (2011)

£100.00

Lots of padding on the hip fins and shoulder straps means the Futura Pro really excels at carrying lots of heavy winter kit. On the downside, it actually makes the pack quite heavy in itself. However, the hip fins and lumbar support hug the hips beautifully, keeping the load stable, comfortable, and distributed evenly across the hips. Pull-forward adjustment allows ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro ND35 (2011)

£100.00

A classic walking pack that’s durable, comfortable, and carries loads with ease. There’s slightly less room in the main compartment than some, but there’s a large expansion pocket on the front (perfect for carrying waterproofs), and a really useful zip pocket for storing kit you want quick access to. The lid pockets are on the small side, though. It’s got ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Euro Hike Hydro 35+5 (2011)

£40.00

One of the cheaper models and as a result doesn’t have the technical features of others. The back system uses simple padding that does keep the load close to your centre of gravity, but doesn’t allow air to circulate and so quickly leads to a sweaty and uncomfortable back. Also it isn’t very well protected and you have to be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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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
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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
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