This daysack from Deuter is perfect! It’s just the right size for your back and the padding either side of the deep ventilation channel feels great, spreading the load with just the right amount of contact. The hip fins are padded without being over the top, the shoulder straps are well positioned and very comfortable and the chest strap has plenty of movement up and down. It’s a slim pack, but it holds everything you need and expandable mesh pockets on the side and front mean you can cram a little extra in if needed. It’s lightish, and the channelled back feels a touch more stable than some. It also has some really useful features, including a rain cover.
Verdict: It would be difficult to fault the ACT Trail, which is comfortable, stable, well-made and extremely versatile – compressing small enough for general day-walking if needed. Great value for money too.
Capacity: 32 litres
Main compartment: Lid/drawcord
Back system: Aircontact (channelled)
Other features: Contoured padded shoulder straps, waist belt, various pockets, elasticized toggle straps double as compression straps, rain cover
Contact: 0191 296 0212; www.deuter.com