The Haglöfs Matrix 40 instantly felt bigger than its stated 40 litres, and with its separate sleeping bag compartment and floating lid it felt suitably proportioned for multiday trips to the hills. It has a great build quality too, with its flat thermoformed back panel keeping even heavy loads close to your back and the rugged material suggesting good long-term durability. There’s a Velcro-adjustable back length available here to fine-tune the comfort levels, and once on this proved to be the most comfortable of the larger load-carriers here, with the well-cut hipbelt taking the weight off my shoulders. Plus its sleek profile means this is a pack that won’t get in your way when scrambling or tackling winter climbing routes. But I am a little dubious of the one-movement closing system on the snowlid, having broken one of these on another Haglöfs pack. I am still looking for the hidden ice axe loops, and I’m not sure I’d use the sleeping mat loops on the bottom of the pack. There would be some easy ways to strip weight from this pack by using lighter zips and stripping down some of the attachment points.
Capacity 40 litres
Fabric 420D Boncheck polyamide; 420D ATY polyamide
Features thermoformed back panel; hydration system-compatible; wand pockets to accommodate water bottles; floating top lid with internal key holder; spindrift collar with unique one-motion opening system; Contact Adjustable System; Velcro-adjustable shoulder harness system for tuning the torso length
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 25
The Haglöfs Matrix 40 is an excellent rucksack that’s ideal for midweight multi-day walks. It would work brilliantly across a range of hill trips and serve you very well throughout the year.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2010