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Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 (2014)

£100.00

The new Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 has a mesh covering over a padded back panel with a wire frame to add stability to the load, and this is stiff enough to allow fairly casual packing without items digging into your back or the sack ‘barrelling’ too much. The back panel has shallow air channels while the shoulder straps and hipbelt ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 42+8 (2014)

£120.00

The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. The Asymmetric back system can be adjusted to length by raising or lowering the shoulder strap section along metal staves in the back panel. You get a thin layer of mesh over perforated padding on the main body contact areas to reduce the build-up of sweat. The back ...

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Osprey Talon 44/Tempest 40 (2014)

£100.00

The Osprey Talon for men and the women’s Tempest range of sacks have gained ‘Best Value’ awards from Trail on several occasions. They have a moulded back panel with a mesh covering to produce good airflow across the back, while the perforated hipbelt and shoulder straps allow further air circulation in body contact areas. This design allows the sack to ...

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OMM Adventure 45+10 (2014)

£100.00

If saving weight is your top priority, then the OMM Adventure 45+10 is for you as it weighs just 921g, yet you still get a good set of hillwalking features. The back system has a stiffened panel that’s padded for more comfort while allowing the sack to be easily stuffed with gear without ‘barrelling’ and becoming uncomfortable. There’s a wide ...

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Mammut Creon Light 45 (2014)

£125.00

The Mammut Creon Light 45 looks like any other well-designed rucksack, but plonk this on the scales and it weighs just 1094g, which is far lighter than first appearances suggest. There’s no skimping on features here, though, as you get a back system with a mesh panel to hold the pack away from the body to create masses of airflow. ...

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Fjällräven Friluft 45 (2014)

£135.00

Designed for day and multi-day trips, the Fjällräven Friluft 45 benefits from an arched back panel with an open mesh covering that holds the main compartment away from the user’s body to allow maximum airflow and reduce sweat. This makes the pack very comfortable in hot weather without reducing the stability of the load, although the whole back system is ...

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The North Face Banchee 50 (2014)

£145.00

The North Face’s Banchee 50 is designed for light and fast backpacking forays according to the manufacturer, but this is not the lightest sack available as it weighs in at 1547g, which is heavier than many lightweight 50 litre rucksacks. But you are getting a superb set of features here, which many lighter rucksacks cannot boast. Firstly the back system ...

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Lightwave Fastpack 50 (2014)

£140.00

Lightwave’s Fastpack range is designed for winter trips or lightweight weekend backpacking trips, and they benefit from being lighter than the average with this 50 litre version weighing in at 1156g. This sack also appears to be larger in volume than some other 50 litre sacks so you may even feel the Fastpack 40 at £120 is big enough. The ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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