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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 ...

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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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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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Fjällräven Friluft 55 (2014)

£155.00

  The Friluft range of packs from Fjällräven all have a ventilated back system, to allow more airflow. The mesh holds the sack away from the back and it also provides a comfortable form of springy contact with the back. But there’s a panel of foam down each side that effectively prevents easy airflow across the back, so for me ...

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Osprey Exos 58 (2014)

£140.00

I’ve been a fan of the Osprey Exos 46 for many years, and this is its bigger (58 litre) brother. For 2014 Exos packs have all had a facelift, which includes some rather comfortable cushioned mesh-covered shoulder straps. These have no hard edges so they sit beautifully on the shoulders. The hipbelt uses the same material. You get an updated ...

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Montane Grand Tour 55 (2014)

£125.00

I first used the Montane Grand Tour 55 back in May 2013, and it has become a regular hiking partner. It is intended specifically for lighter-weight backpacking and is credited with having been designed for use on the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA. At 55 litres it is good for lightweight overnight trips and also winter trips when you ...

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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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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 ...

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OMM Mountain Mover 55+15 (2014)

£165.00

When I reviewed it back in 2007 the OMM Mountain Mover was one of a new generation of home-grown lightweight sacks, and I really liked it. It’s relatively light for its capacity of 1382g for a 55-70 litre capacity. You can strip it down to 630g if you want to as well. The back system is fairly plain with just ...

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Osprey Talon 44 (2012)

£100.00

Osprey’s Talon range has become extremely popular in recent years. The Talon 44 has a moulded back panel with a mesh covering to provide good airflow, and the hipbelt and shoulder straps are also perforated to reduce weight and condensation build-up. This all adds up to a very stable and comfortable carry. The body of the sack has one main ...

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Fjällräven Funas 45 (2012)

£120.00

The Fjällräven Funas 45 has a simplified design that is at home when hillwalking or packing for lighter overnight trips. It has a padded back system with moulded channels to increase airflow across the back, and this makes this sack better suited to walking than more mountaineering-orientated designs. The back system is very comfortable against the body, although the higher-priced ...

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Karrimor Alpinist 45+10 (2012)

£110.00

The Karrimor Alpinist has been a classic pack since the 1980s, but not all incarnations of the model have been as good as the original. However this 2012 version is superb. At 1404g the Alpinist 45+10 is slightly heavier than some sacks, but it is a more durable design with a nice set of tough features that make it ideal ...

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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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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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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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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 ...

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Lightwave Fastpack 50 (2012)

£115.00

Lightwave’s Fastpack range of rucksacks is designed for winter trips or lightweight weekend backpacking trips, and they benefit from being much lighter than the average 50 litre rucksack (this is 1162g). Also when compared to other 50 litre packs they are larger too, so you may actually feel the Fastpack 40 is big enough for your needs at just £100 ...

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Macpac Torlesse 35 EU (2012)

£100.00

If you want your gear to last then Macpac can be relied upon to provide durable kit that will just keep on going. The Macpac Torlesse 35 EU is made from 630 denier nylon with 1260 denier nylon on the base and just by handling this rucksack you can tell it is not going to wear out as easily as ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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