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Gelert Core 45+10 2008

£35.00

This rucksack has a good adjustable Cool Air back system; lots of padding on back and hipbelt; wand pockets; side compression straps; snow-lock extension; twin main compartments; floating lid with internal and external pockets and stowed rain cover. But 1800g is very heavy; do you need the adjustable back length, base compartment and bellows side pockets that add all this ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Survivor Endure 45

£35.00

Yet another good, basic starter 41-50 litre rucksack from Regatta. If you have never been out on the hills but want to start then may I suggest you start with this. All the basic features are provided. The pocket on the front of the pack is a good size and will allow you to access an OS map quickly. You ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Robens Winnipeg 45 2008

£40.00

This rucksack weighs 1500g; adjustable back system with airflow chimney; well-padded back and hipbelt; mesh wand pockets; rain cover in base; hydration system-compatible; external, internal lid pocket; superb price. But some other sacks are lighter or allow more airflow around the back; do you need an adjustable back system on such a small capacity sack?

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Stealth 40+8 2008

£50.00

Vango has always been a brand that you can rely on for coming up with superb-value products – and the Stealth rucksack is no exception. You get a well-padded back system that can also be adjusted for length. This has good stiffness to make packing easier. The body is a simple single compartment with a useful front pocket that is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Native Planet Guide 45 2008

£55.00

This rucksack has a padded back system with airflow chimney; wide hipbelt with pockets; mesh wand pockets; bellows side pockets; compression straps; two zipped front pockets and Velcro front stash pocket; external and internal lid pockets; rain cover; hydration system-compatible. But 1930g is extremely heavy; some have more airflow; do you really need all those pockets?

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Exponent Tatarian X50 2008

£60.00

This rucksack has an adjustable, padded back system; very wide, padded hipbelt fins; mesh wand pockets; compression straps; zipped front pocket; extending lid; lid pocket; small snow-lock extension; hydration system-compatible; superb price for what you get. But 1710g is heavy; stiff hipbelt not comfiest; floating lid can potentially let water in.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Terra 40

£75.00

The Terra 40 is a rucksack for all occasions. As with many of the 41-50 litre packs featured in this review, it would be as at home on the hill as on a backpacking holiday. For your holidays you can access belongings from the base of the pack by a zip opening and separate the pack using a panel attached ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Beartooth Air

£80.00

The Beartooth Air is a sound offering from Lowe Alpine. The back system is designed to keep your back ventilated and cool while you are on the move. All the features you will require for days on the hill are there – walking pole attachments, rain cover and bladder housing. The pockets on the sides of the pack are compressible ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 45+10 2008

£90.00

This rucksack has an adjustable length back system with added airflow; adjustable hipbelt; exceptionally durable; front pocket; lid pocket; removable rain cover (94g); zipped side entry to main compartment; snow-lock extension; hydration system-compatible. But 1750g is heavy; do you need this extra durability, side access and adjustable back length?

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Karrimor Vapour 45L

£90.00

This is a 41-50 litre pack that’s designed to keep the weight down. The parts that need to be sturdy are just that, while other sections are nice and light. Even the clips are designed to reduce weight, and the walking pole straps can be removed. Pockets are limited to an internal and an external pocket in the lid, while ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Lightwave Fastpack 50 2008

£95.00

For my money this rucksack provides pretty much everything that most hill-walkers will want. It weighs in at a respectable 1165g. The material is a little lighter than others, but it’s still good and tough. The seams are welded and taped to make them waterproof, so there is less need for a waterproof liner. There is a good snow-lock on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs LIM 45 2008

£95.00

A very unusual rucksack that’s extremely light (just 1035g). The main compartment closure is a roll-top design that saves weight and makes this closure waterproof if it is closed properly – although you still need a liner as the seams can leak. There is a main compartment with compression adjustment to stabilise the load. A large stretch front stash pocket ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Dihedral 2008

£100.00

This rucksack comes in 45 litre (S) and 52 litres (M); padded back system; padded hipbelt; wand pockets; side compression straps; one main compartment with snow-lock extension; extending lid; extremely durable fabrics; hydration system-compatible. But 1870g (size M) is extremely heavy; others are lighter with more airflow; not many pockets; lid can float forward to allow water in.

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor Alpiniste 45+10 2008

£100.00

The Alpiniste has been a classic rucksack for about 20 years. This latest incarnation is as good as it ever was. The pack has a stiff  ‘Fformat’ padded back system with airflow chimney that takes a little of the heat out of the carry. The shoulder straps are just wide enough and padded enough to make the carry comfy without ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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OMM Villain MSC 45+10 2008

£100.00

This rucksack is very lightweight with plenty of capacity (and this can be stripped down to 710g by removing various parts the sack). The back system is very simple with an internal removable stiffener and some padding in the lumbar area and shoulder straps. The sack is nice and stable and narrow, making it ideal for scramblers. The compression straps ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Talon 44 2008

£100.00

A very popular modern sack from a brand with a wealth of innovative and lightweight yet functional designs. The Talon 44 is very lightweight with a good capacity for a variety of uses. The back system has a ridge-moulded foam panel to provide better airflow, and the hipbelt and shoulder straps have perforated foam padding to reduce sweat. The fit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Mammut Ice

£110.00

Mammut has created this very technically orientated pack primarily for climbing. The pack pockets on the front of this 41-50 litre rucksack are highly durable to prevent abrasion from sharp ice axe picks. Compression straps on the sides and lid help control excess space and give stability. The back system is also designed more for climbing so the waistbelt can ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Macpac Pursuit Classic

£110.00

This rucksack has a padded back system; padded hipbelt; wand pockets; side compression straps; one main compartment with snow-lock extension; extending lid; extremely durable fabrics; it’s the best sack in our test if durability is your priority. But 1850g is extremely heavy; some sacks have more airflow; some may prefer more pockets.

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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