The Jack Wolfskin Cross Terra 30 is a comfy, robust, simple rucksack for ladies (the men’s version is the larger Cross Terra 36) with a short back length and narrow shoulders. It is packed with features walkers want. This, combined with its specific women’s fit, makes it a finalist. The back length would suit shorter frames and the contoured shoulder straps hug smaller shoulders in a very stable design. The features list works without overkill or gimmicks. A single side compression strap on each side does the job fine. The basic back system channels air through the middle of the padding, and there is a single pole attachment which could take two poles. The yellow rain cover is a useful addition for high visibility. But it’s relatively heavy at 1345g, and it could do with some more front attachment points like daisy chain or bungee. It would benefit from side or front pockets in place of the base opening, which is unusual in sacks this size and adds unnecessary weight. The back padding can poke you slightly if you don’t get the fit quite right. Rain covers can flap and distract in high winds.
Fabric Nailhead 420D and Cross Rip 300D, with base in Armatech fabric
Features very short back length; robust, simple, stable; great contoured shoulder straps for women; lid has top and underside pockets plus bungee on top; large snow skirt; hydration-compatible; big stretch mesh side pockets; right side pole or ice axe loop; removable back stiffeners; yellow rain cover in base; padded hipbelt, zippable bottom compartment
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50+
Jack Wolfskin – tel. (01434) 633363; www.jack-wolfskin.com
Verdict: The Jack Wolfskin Cross Terra 30 is a robust, smaller, ladies’-fit rucksack for summer walking.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine July 2009