The ACT Trail is a nice simple 30-40 litre rucksack with a few neat extras. It weighs in at 1350g, which is fine. The material is tough and the design easy to use. There is one main compartment with an additional front access panel. The lid is a single-buckle design for fast and easy closure. On the front you get a compressor mesh panel that is just the job for stowing wet gear between showers. On the side there are quick-release compression straps, allowing trekking poles to be stowed in the mesh pocket that is on one side. On the opposite side you get a zipped side pocket, which is ideal for a water bottle. The lid also has an internal and external pocket. The back system is a padded design with an airflow chimney, so there is minimal body contact for greater comfort. This is a great all-rounder that should be on most hill-walkers’ short-lists. But the front entry is not so useful when a rucksack liner is used inside the sack. Also I would prefer a deep snow-lock extension to protect the main compartment. Some rucksacks are lighter in weight and price, while others have even more elaborate airflow around the back.
Capacity: 32 litres
Fabric: Kexlite 210, microrip nylon
Features: AirContact padded back system; top tensioning straps, external and internal lid pocket, side pocket; wand pocket, compression straps, twin ice axe/pole attachment points; hydration system-compatible; removable rain cover (78g)
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in the UK: 20
Verdict: A good daysack for hill-walkers looking for a little more comfort while retaining stability, simplicity and a reasonably low weight.
First published in Trail magazine, May 2008