This rucksack is well-padded with nicely contoured straps. Not as rugged as some, but the X-ert works well, with good pockets, compression straps and a decent concave back system. We found the back too short so wore it with the shoulder straps fully extended, making the chest strap too high.
Capacity: 35 litres
Main compartment: Lid/drawcord
Back system: Advanced curved back panel/airstream (concave)
Other features: Five pockets, including two zipped side pockets, rain cover, waist belt, chest strap, hydration-compatible, pole holder
Colours: Black/seal grey/pepper and black/seal grey/gravel
Contact: 0161 749 1313; www.regatta.com
Verdict: The Futura 32 AC is a rugged pack that will pass any test on the hill. Still one of the best around.