Haglöfs LIM 45 2008

A very unusual rucksack that’s extremely light (just 1035g). The main compartment closure is a roll-top design that saves weight and makes this closure waterproof if it is closed properly – although you still need a liner as the seams can leak. There is a main compartment with compression adjustment to stabilise the load. A large stretch front stash pocket is great for stowing a jacket, while the stretch side wand pockets are also ideal for water bottles. The back system is unusual too as the shoulder straps attach to the base of the sack to really pull in the bottom of the sack and stabilise the load. You can adjust the back length, while a more conventional wide hipbelt finishes the back system. The carry is very stable and comfortable, and if you like the lid this is a great sack for lightweight backpacking or general walking. But you’ll either love or hate the roll-top closure. I’d prefer a conventional lid as I find this top a bit of a pain to use. The zip pocket on the front of the sack is too small to be as useful as other lid pockets, which is annoying. The material will not be as durable as some heavier sacks so this would not be the best for scrambling.

Capacity 45 litres
Fabric 50D ripstop polyamide,
420D polyamide
Features padded adjustable back system; top tensioning straps, external and internal lid pocket, wand pockets, compression straps, twin ice axe/pole attachment points
Weight 1035g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 10

Verdict
This is a superb walking and lightweight backpacking sack if you like the unusual roll-top closure (this feature is the deal-breaker here).

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2008