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Eurohike Revolution Aqua 25

£25.00

The Eurohike Revolution Aqua 25 unisex rucksack has a pretty basic padded back system, which feels comfy enough, but the shallow grooves don’t really encourage much airflow, so it does get warm. The Eurohike Revolution Aqua 25 has well-padded hip and shoulder straps and comes with a waterproof-lined main compartment and lid, and a rain cover. Great in a downpour, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Eurohike Hydra 25+5 rucksack

£30.00

The Hydra features a totally waterproof main compartment which seals with a roll-top in a similar way to a dry bag. This is obviously useful in bad weather, but it’s a bit over the top for general use, adding weight and also making the main compartment fiddly to access. It’s a fairly comfortable pack, with a good channelled back system ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Roam 30 2009

£45.00

The Berghaus Roam 30’s price of £45 is great value for a comfortable rucksack with ample day walk features. The Roam is also available in both men and women-specific fits (most sacks we looked at are ‘unisex’.) It fits medium-sized backs, and the women’s version has comfy, contoured shoulder straps for a women’s narrower top half. The fabric is robust, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Lowe Alpine Airzone 25

£45.00

The Lowe Alpine Airzone 25 unisex rucksack has a great back system and we really like its hip fins, which are light and comfy yet grip like limpets! The Lowe Alpine Airzone 25 has mesh shoulder straps also help to make this a really comfortable pack. The small lid pocket and a hydration pocket seem too low. With no compression ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vango Sherpa

£50.00

This is a 41-50 litre rucksack that is better suited to backpacking rather than day walking. This is not a bad thing, as what it does, it does very well. The back system is not only fully adjustable, but it also lengthens for a more precise fit. The pack can be compressed from both the sides and the base, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 Ultralight 35 2009

£55.00

If you want to go lighter, try this slim-fitting rucksack with a well-vented back. At 775g the Vaude Triset Ultralight 35 is almost as light as the OMM Classic Marathon 32, but features a more complex back system and comfy mesh hipbelt that’s useful if you really can’t bear back sweat. The curved mesh back doesn’t eat into the main ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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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Osprey Talon 22

£60.00

This is a contemporary looking pack that seems bigger than its quoted 22L and certainly swallowed a full day’s high-mountain walking inventory without any problems. It’s very light, mainly due to the Airscape back system, which looks basic but is actually very effective; spreading heavy loads well and keeping the back surprisingly cool. The zipped main opening is huge – ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • 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 re-designed Freeflow rucksack has a longish back that fits perfectly. The padding is also spot-on for a pack of this size – comfy without being over-elaborate. We loved the ultra-breathable EVA breathe-mesh shoulder straps – they really do feel cool and dry – and there’s plenty of up and down adjustment in the chest strap. Difficult to fault, even ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus W Freeflow 30+6

£60.00

This daysack from Berghaus is an excellent fit. The harness is supremely comfortable, with a decent amount of padding on the hip belt and plenty of adjustment in the chest strap. The cool, comfy mesh back system is excellent, and the contoured, padded shoulder straps fit nicely without chafing or restricting movement. The harness distributes the load very effectively, allowing ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Deuter Futura 28

£60.00

Impeccable build quality, extremely comfortable and very stable. The secret is in an excellent concave mesh back system and a well-designed harness that provides just the right amount of padding. Quite small for its quoted capacity, and also quite heavy. Excellent walking pole holders, useful compression straps, hydration-system compatible, good rain cover and good selection of pockets including a zip-accessible ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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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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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OMM Classic Marathon 32 2010

£60.00

The OMM Classic Marathon 32 sets the standard for mountain marathon and hill running events by being incredibly well-thought-through and functional. At 680g it isn’t the lightest pack available, but the added weight works hard: the back panel pulls out to form a half-length sleep mat, and side bungees and outside netting can be used to stash waterproofs and clothing ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Osprey Stratos 24

£60.00

This daysack from Osprey benefits from a long, slim shape, and the Aircore concave back system feels incredibly comfortable, no matter what the load. Excellent padding on the hips and shoulder straps. It seems huge for its claimed 24 litres, and is really easy to pack due to the long main compartment zip. The pockets aren’t quite as good as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Deuter Futura 32 AC

£65.00

Well-padded shoulder straps and hip fins make this Futura rucksack a comfortable pack to carry and there’s plenty of adjustment in the chest strap. It’s slightly shorter in the back than others at this price point. The Futura is about as good as it gets on the hill with excellent hydration system compatibility, a good rain cover and useful compression ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 Kestrel 38

£75.00

This Kestrel rucksack is a long pack with a unique back system – a large pad of ridged foam with a central channel. It fits well and feels cool and comfortable. Very comfy hip fins, too. It’s a little large for average winter/weekend use and rather over-engineered for the purpose, too. But it’s well-featured and we liked the unique hydration ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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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The North Face Terra 40 2008

£80.00

This rucksack has an airflow back system; well-padded back and hipbelts; mesh wand pockets; side compression straps; stretch side pockets; stretch front pocket; lower external access; hydration system-compatible; lid with external pocket; tough; men’s and women’s fits. But 2200g is very heavy; three compartments may be more than some users will need; back system offers more support and padding than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 35 + 10

£80.00

With its superb concave back system and perfectly padded straps, this rucksack also boasts super comfy hip fins and is second-to-none for comfort. The adjustable back length means it should work for just about anyone. A really stable, well-featured pack that’s great to carry and easy to pack and access.   Capacity: 35 litres (plus 10)Main compartment: Lid/drawcord and zipped ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • 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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