Gregory Jade 35 2009

The Gregory Jade 35 rucksack has a short back; ladies’ narrow fit, shoulder strap moves well; top lid, front zip, internal access and 2 side pockets, 2 snack hipbelt pockets; 2 pole or axe loops, compression straps, well-vented back. But quite heavy at 1357g; tested as 7 litres oversize at 42 litres; high price; back vent intrudes into main sack; front internal access pocket doesn’t work with a top-opening dry bag liner.

Gregory – tel. (01279) 487509; www.esc-outdoor.com

Verdict: The Gregory Jade 35 rucksack is comfy, but lighter, mostly cheaper models we tested are better.

First published in Trail magazine July 2009