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Lowe Alpine Yocton 35 (2014)

£70.00

Lowe Alpine returned in 2013 with the Yocton range, and it’s a strong rebirth for a brand so associated with the rucksack. The Yocton 35 doesn’t try to do anything radical, though its back system is an interesting thicket of springy cord mesh that manages to be supportive while retaining airflow. The rest of the sack’s features are fairly conventional ...

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Osprey Talon 33 (2014)

£85.00

Once something of a ‘Marmite’ brand due to a strappy, fussy aesthetic many view as over-complex, Osprey is now one of the most popular rucksack makes out there due to its combination of advanced weight-distribution design, light weight, contemporary look and a well-thought-out feature set. The Talon 33 was updated for 2014 and is fast becoming a modern classic. Key ...

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Berghaus Freeflow 30 (2014)

£80.00

This redesigned version of the Freeflow 30 features some changes. Chief of these is a large diagonal zipped pocket across the front and the addition of Berghaus’ Biofit system – enabling you to adjust the back system quickly and without fuss to your own back length. It’s a good tool and it is extremely supportive when on. Some would question ...

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Montane Medusa 32 (2014)

£80.00

The Montane Medusa 32 is the serious hillwalker’s pack of choice. Thoughtfully designed and robust, its fabric certainly feels more substantial than many other packs in our test, though this does impact slightly on weight. The back system is a chunk of foam that sits into the groove of your back well, though those who prefer the airy feel of ...

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Fjällräven Funas 35 (2014)

£98.00

Fjällräven gear is traditionally styled, high-quality equipment from Sweden. The 35-litre Funas feels incredibly well-made – the grab handle on the top is practically a thing of beauty – and the rigid, padded back system and thick belt straps definitely feel as if they’re built to last. You get a raincover, a drawstring and a cinch buckle over the main ...

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Salomon Synapse Flow 30AW (2014)

£100.00

Clamshell-opening rucksacks are popping up more and more these days, and you’ll either love or hate them. The Salomon Synapse Flow 30AW features an all-round zip allowing you to open as much or as little of the sack as you like. This allows you to access items in the very foot of your rucksack. But if the zip breaks or ...

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Salewa Miage 30 (2014)

£75.00

The Salewa Miage 30 is a 30 litre sack that is light for its feature set and extremely comfortable for its weight. You get two wand pockets either side, a spacious lid pocket, and – in an unusual touch – a vertical zip down the front that accesses the main compartment. This could have been a really nifty feature that ...

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Deuter ACT Trail 32 (2014)

£90.00

The Deuter ACT Trail 32 is heavier than some, but is very durable with it, not least thanks to the robust fabrics and thick Aircontact back system, which allows good airflow and is padded top to bottom. The fit of this sack is good: the straps are robust and supportive, there’s a good range of vertical adjustment on the chest ...

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Lowe Alpine Yocton 35 (2014)

£70.00

A great-looking, slimline pack with robust face fabric, devoted to moving light and fast rather than with all mod cons. There’s no rain cover, for one thing. Nothing is chunky here; the shoulder straps are narrow with very minimal padding, and the attachment and compression straps are also slim and lightweight, as are the clips which connect them. It sits ...

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Fjallraven Friluft 35 (2014)

£115.00

A virtually flawless rucksack which is a pleasure to wear thanks to some hugely supportive hip-fins that are so sturdy, they almost massage your lower back as you walk. Packing is a little tricky if you’ve put in a hydration system, but it still takes a lot of filling. A curved aluminium frame makes it very light and the bottom ...

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Vaude Triset 35+8 (2014)

£77.00

This colossal pack swallows anything: jacket after fleece after drybag went flying in with no problem, even before we’d expanded the extra side storage areas and shoved in two more jackets. The lid pocket is equally cavernous. Yet while it feels like a sack in the loading, when worn it disperses the weight with ease and feels incredibly secure and ...

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Vango Transalp 30 (2014)

£50.00

The best thing about the Transalp is the ease of access: the entire front panel unzips and flips up if you lie it down, allowing instant access to the contents. It fits securely and the back system is a pleasing mix of padded panels and subtly concave suspension, which means air can circulate around your back without the load being ...

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The North Face Casimir 27 (2013)

£100.00

A new pack designed for fast and light backpacking, the The North Face Casimir 27 is built around a gender-specific back system that is adjustable in length: shoulder straps can be raised up the pack. The back system gets top tensioning straps and a very wide removeable hipbelt. There is just about enough stiffness in the back to prevent poorly ...

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Lowe Alpine Yocton 25 (2013)

£60.00

Designed for activities such as hiking, biking, climbing and running, the main fabric used in the Lowe Alpine Yocton 25 is TriShield, which has a silicone treatment to increase abrasion resistance and tear strength, so it should be more durable than most packs. The back panel is stiff enough to prevent items from digging into you, while Airflow mesh helps ...

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Deuter Speedlite 30 (2013)

£80.00

Part of Deuter’s Alpine range and designed for long alpine routes, adventure racing and fast backpacking, the Speedlite 30 is heavier than some other sacks but it feels more robust too. The back system has 3D mesh and a tensioned U-shaped frame, and this creates a back that twists well with the body, is able to sit close to the ...

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Montane Ultra Tour 22 (2013)

£65.00

Following the success of Montane’s recent addition of rucksacks to its range of clothing comes the Ultra Tour 22, a pack that was designed to meet the needs of Montane’s 100 mile Ultra Tour of the Lake District, which is usually completed in around 24 hours. The pack features an unusual rolltop closure for better protection in the rain; you’ll ...

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Terra Nova Laser 20 (2013)

£70.00

An extremely light weight of just 321g makes the Terra Nova Laser 20 ideal if minimal load is your top priority. It has a relatively plain back system with just two strips of mesh padding to reduce the build-up of condensation along the body contact areas. There is no stiffening in the back though so you have to take much ...

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Gregory Miwok 22 (2013)

£80.00

The Gregory Miwok 22 hugs the back comfortably, which makes it ideal for fast movement when biking or running, but it is also great when hillwalking and scrambling. The back system is unique in that some tendon-like webbing straps connect the shoulder straps and hipbelt to the body of the sack, and it is these that allow the body-hugging fit. ...

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Osprey Talon 22 (2013)

£75.00

A frequent winner of Trail tests, the Osprey Talon 22 is designed for fast adventures. Its AirScape back panel features a mesh covering over a ridge moulded foam panel, and you can also raise the shoulder straps to shorten or lengthen the backlength. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are slightly stretchy, thus allowing the pack to sit close without restricting ...

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OMM Classic 25 (2013)

£65.00

The OMM Classic 25 is a well-established classic sack that was originally developed for mountain marathons but is equally at home during any lightweight mountain trip. It has a Duomat inside the back of the sack, which can be used as a sleeping mat, thereby saving the weight of carrying a dedicated sleep mat. Apart from this, there is no ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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