As soon as you feel the face fabric, you know this tough cookie is meant for rough, rocky adventures. It’s highly abrasion-resistant (I scrubbed it on hard, damp limestone while squeezing into a Derbyshire cave) and it doesn’t mind getting wet, so it doesn’t bother with a rain cover. The mesh/hole back panel ventilates well, while the huge
hip-fins embrace your torso and keep the pack in place. It isn’t overloaded with attachments for walking poles, ice axes or bike lights; instead you get two daisy-chains on the front panel so you can add straps for those things if you really want to. It has a cavernous front panel, but I found I never needed it as the main compartment took everything I wanted it to. So if you want something that is tough, no-nonsense and highly stable, the Nitro is your bag. Literally.
Extra pockets: 3 (top, open flap, belt)
Back system: reACTIV (mesh airflow)
Contact: 01572 772436,
Sturdy, robust and weatherproof – but offering lots of comfort too.
First reviewed in Country Walking July 2015 by Nick Hallissey