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Vaude Rock Ultralight Comfort 25 rucksack (2008)

£35.00

This ultralight rucksack is very light at 636g; superb value; back plate twists with body and aids comfort and stability; mesh pockets; compression system; zipped lid pocket. But its 25 litres capacity means you may have to make sacrifices; lacks extra pockets for snacks; not as reflective as other packs; no accessory cord bungee for stashing extra gear; no hydration ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor Kodiak 30

£40.00

At just 844g  this 30-40 litre rucksack is one of the lightest sacks in this review. It is extremely simple, yet it manages to embody the basics of functional performance. So you get a padded back system, with some airflow channels to reduce sweat buildup. The waistbelt is a basic webbing design but it is wide enough to be reasonably ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Flux 30 rucksack (2008)

£40.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack has a 30 litres capacity; padded back system with well-padded lumbar pad and hipbelt fins; hipbelt pockets; mesh side pockets; compression straps; front elasticated compressor; hydration system-compatible; internal and external lid pockets; excellent value. But it’s heavy for runners at 900g.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Mach 24 rucksack (2008)

£45.00

ReviewAt 672g this ultralight rucksack is very light; can strip down to 642g; internal compression system keeps outside neat; padded hipbelt fins with pockets; three external elasticated pockets; internal and external lid pockets; hydration unit-compatible. But it has only 24 litres capacity; gear can’t be stashed on outside; less reflective than other packs.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Lafuma Active 30 rucksack (2008)

£45.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack has a 30 litre capacity; stiffened back with airflow and padded zones; small side pockets; unique compression system provides excellent stability; front gear compressor; front pocket; hipbelt with padded fins and zipped pockets; hydration system-compatible; durable materials. But it’s a bit heavy at 828g; rather small side pockets.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Ace L rucksack (2008)

£50.00

This ultralight rucksack’s good sliding shoulder straps are ideal for running; elasticated hipbelt stabilises load; deep side mesh pockets with drawcords; bungee accessory cord on front; pockets on hipbelt; two front pockets; hydration system-compatible. But 20 litres is tight for mountain marathons; not much reflective material; 730g is relatively heavy.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon 32 rucksack (2008)

£50.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack offers good features, starting with a reasonable weight of 760g for a 32 litre capacity. The back is a simple padded design with padded hipbelt fins. The shoulder straps get air-vented padding to improve comfort. Pockets on the hipbelt are ideal for snacks or a GPS, plus there are pockets fitted to the shoulder straps that can ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Salomon Raid Revo 30 rucksack (2008)

£50.00

At 670g the Revo is one of the lightest 30 litre ultralight rucksacks. The back system has padded zones to allow some airflow and increase comfort, while wide, padded hipbelt fins are ideal for transferring the load to the hips. There are zipped pockets on the hipbelt for easy access to energy bars. On the side of the main sack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Deuter Speedlite 30 rucksack (2008)

£50.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack’s capacity is 30 litres; padded back system; padded hipbelt fins with pockets; mesh side pockets; compression straps; front mesh compressor pocket; hydration system-compatible; more durable fabrics than some lighter options. But 850g is getting heavy for runners; deeper side mesh pockets would be useful.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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OMM Classic Marathon 32L rucksack (2008)

£55.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack is a classic mountain marathon sack. The clever part is that the back stiffening has been replaced by a removable folding OMM Duomat. When removed it folds out to form a 80cm long sleeping mat that can be attached to a second Duomat to form a full-length sleep mat. Including the mat the sack weighs 704g, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine AirZone ND32 2009

£55.00

The Lowe Alpine AirZone ND32 rucksack weighs just 997g; very short back; lid has top and underside zip pockets; large zip front pocket; 2 Sigg-bottle-sized mesh pockets; daisy chain loops; left side pole or ice axe loop; reinforced base; orange rain cover in base; well-vented back. But small lid; tested capacity is 4 litres undersized at 28 litres; it could ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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inov-8 Race Pro 30 rucksack (2008)

£55.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack is very light at just 590g, making it the lightest 30 litre sack featured. But most importantly it can be fitted with the inov-8 Horizontal Bladder system, which fits into a pocket inside the lumbar and hipbelt area. This means the bladder can be easily filled without unpacking the sack, and the weight of the water is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Kathmandu Nowaki 30L 2009

£55.00

The Kathmandu Nowaki 30L rucksack would suit people with long backs who like to take plenty on day walks. You get 7 litres more than advertised with this long, comfy sack, which is good news if you like a roomier bag for less cash that’s still under 1000g. The robust simplicity of this sack gets it into the final. Despite ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Golite VO 24 rucksack (2008)

£60.00

ReviewThis is a very lightweight rucksack, which is how it has sneaked into the top eight in our test. The capacity is 24 litres, so it’s just about big enough for those who are going to skimp on their creature comforts. The back system is well-padded compared with many others here and thus a little more comfortable to wear. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Pod Rocsac

£60.00

This 30-40 litre rucksack weighs 840g, which is relatively light; single lid buckle; durable fabric; simple, effective design; compression straps; lid pocket; ideal for climbers, scramblers and hill-walkers who don’t need frills.But no wand pockets; back not as comfy as others; no snow-lock extension; relatively small lid pocket.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Raidlight Runner R-Lite rucksack (2008)

£60.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack weighs in at 708g, so it’s among the lightest 30 litre sacks here. There are lots of great features here too, including padded zones that lift the body of the sack away from the torso for greater airflow. The shoulder straps have air-vented padding too. The hipbelt is well-padded and stiff enough to take part of the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor Marathon 30 rucksack (2008)

£60.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack has a good entry-level capacity of 30 litres coupled with a respectable weight of 652g for the sack. You also get a 128g hydration bladder provided for the price, which again is very respectable. The sack has a plain, padded back panel with padded hipbelt and shoulder straps, making this a reasonably comfortable carry. The main compartment ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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PodSacs Roc Sac 2009

£60.00

Simplicity, functionality and bombproof fabric with triple-stitched seams make the PodSacs Roc Sac a finalist. This rucksack has a medium length back and shoulder straps to fit a narrower person’s profile, which are stable enough for day walks. The no-frills design weighs in at under 1000g, with useful bungee front storage and side compression straps. The hipbelt is unpadded, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Macpac Amp Race 25 rucksack (2008)

£65.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack has a padded hipbelt with mesh zipped pockets; stiff back for comfort and stability; front and side mesh pockets with drawcords; front bungee gear compressor; compression straps; internal and external lid pocket; hydration system-compatible; more durable than most. But it weighs 874g; high price for a 25 litre sack.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Black Diamond RPM 26 rucksack (2008)

£65.00

ReviewThis ultralight rucksack is 624g, which is a good weight; it is more like 30 litres than the stated 26 litres; zipped lid pocket; padded shoulder straps; stiff back for extra comfort; mesh bottle pockets; bungee accessory cord on front. But it’s a pity the true capacity is not given; zipped main closure may not be as durable as conventional ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Terra Nova Laser 35L 2009

£70.00

The Terra Nova Laser 35L is the lightest rucksack we tested at 513g; easy loading; medium back; top side pocket; water-resistant zips; small daisy chain loops; removable foam back pad; comfy contoured shoulder straps; large elastic side pockets; 2 base gear loops; 2 snack pockets on hipbelt. But we found it to be oversized by 4 litres at 39 litres; ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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GoLite Jam2 2008

£75.00

This rucksack is exceptionally light at 600g; 51 litre capacity; designed to comfortably carry up to 14kg; Dyneema fabric very durable; huge front pocket; side compression straps; wand pockets; drawcord closure. But no lid, so water could get into main compartment; back system can be very sweaty; care required when packing as back is not stiffened; a specialist sack.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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