The Gelert Fusion 35 rucksack has a tested capacity of 35 litres; long back; simple, top zip and underside pockets; 2 pole or ice axe loops, front bungee, 2 stretch mesh side pockets, vented back, reinforced base, orange rain cover, comfy hipbelt. But it’s heavy at 1903g; would benefit from a front pocket, a narrower women’s fit and contouring on the shoulders; protruding middle back pad can irritate; chest strap needs to run higher.
Gelert – tel. (01766) 510300; www.gelert.com
Verdict: The Gelert Fusion 35 rucksack is good value for wide-shouldered, tall women, but it’s heavy.
First published in Trail magazine July 2009