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Terra Nova Voyager 45 (2013)

£140.00

If you want to make multi-day backpacking less tiring, then stripping down the weight of your gear is important – and that includes carrying your gear in the lightest rucksack possible. The Terra Nova Voyager 45 tipped the Trail scales at 627g, which is half the weight of most 45 litre packs. But with all that weight saving does come ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mammut Creon Light 45 (2013)

£125.00

Weighing in at just 1094g the Mammut Creon Light 45 is deceptively lean, and yet it boasts a feature set to match sacks that are far heavier. The back system is designed to hold the body of the sack away from the user, thanks to a convex alloy frame that has a mesh panel stretched across it. The result is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Salomon Sky 45 (2013)

£120.00

The Salomon Sky 45 tips the scales at 1189g, making it ideal for lightweight overnight trips as well as year-round hill and mountain travel. It’s a fairly clutter-free design and cannot boast some of the elaborate thinking of other packs, but what it does have is a good, clean, practical design. The back system is called Airvent Contact and it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Bioflex Light 50 (2013)

£120.00

The Berghaus Bioflex Light 50 tips the scales at the same weight as 2012’s £140 Bioflex 45, so you’re getting more pack for the same weight and less cash this year. However at 1630g this pack is still the heaviest in our test. The Bioflex back system comprises of a rotating hipbelt, so the body of the pack stays still ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 (2013)

£110.00

A rucksack with two main storage compartments is the preferred option for multi-day hillwalkers, as it allows some gear to be stashed separately in the base of the pack, while the gear needed for the day is in the main compartment. The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 for men and the women’s equivalents, the ACT Lite 35+10 (£105) or ACT Lite ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Osprey Talon 44 (2013)

£100.00

The Osprey Talon 44 is a very popular sack and firm favourite in Trail reviews, thanks to its combination of great performance combined with a very good weight for its features. The Talon 44 is built around a moulded back panel with a mesh covering, to produce good airflow across the back, while the perforated hipbelt and shoulder straps allow ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Salewa Ascent 42 (2013)

£100.00

The Salewa Ascent 42 blends the comfort of a day sack with the functionality of a mountain sack. The back system has a precurved alloy frame to hold the pack away from the body with a perforated moulded panel in contact with the user’s back, and this combination creates masses of airflow to reduce the build-up of sweat. The shoulder ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Karrimor Lynx (2012)

£135.00

Traditionally when you needed a durable and roomy backpack you would automatically go for a Karrimor – and those characteristics still apply today, with the Lynx offering plenty of space for all your camping gear (and a fair bit more), a fantastically bombproof fabric and a build that’s certain to withstand everything you (and perhaps baggage handlers) throw at it. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Bioflex 45 (2012)

£140.00

Prepare yourself for a totally different sensation when walking with this backpack, as Berghaus unleashes its BioFlex technology on the world. This unique back system sees the hipbelt pivot with you as you move, allowing you to bend forward and flex without being encumbered by your load. It does feel odd at first and takes some getting used to – ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 (2012)

£120.00

Let’s ignore the (removable) flower that singles this out as the woman’s version of the Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 and focus on the basics. Two compartments make this a good backpacking sack as you can zip the items you won’t need till the evening away from your walking staples. If you don’t want the feature, it’s easily unzipped to create ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Osprey Exos 46 2009

£130.00

Some lightweight rucksacks resemble a bin liner held together by string. These can be uncomfortable and impractical, lacking durability when used regularly for hill-walking. So it’s no surprise that lightweight sacks are not everyone’s ideal. However, if Osprey is right, the new Exos 46 could be the sack that changes the way we think about lightweight gear. The Exos 46 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 2.5
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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
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Osprey Aura 50L

£120.00

This 41-50 litre pack has all the required features for a good day on the hill and as usual they are all presented in Osprey’s unique style. The stretchy pocket on the front makes for easy stowing of excess pieces of clothing, while the two front pockets on either side are a great size. The lid also comes with an ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Macpac Pursuit Classic W

£110.00

There is a reason this 41-50 litre pack is call the Pursuit ‘classic’. It embodies everything you would want from a good, usable rucksack. It’s functional while still looking sleek. The lid is expandable and the adequately-sized snow-lock comes with a compression strap. Elastic bungee on the front of the pack allows you to keep extra pieces of clothing handy ...

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

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