The price of this 30-40 litre rucksack makes it particularly appealing, especially as you can buy more expensive sacks that are not so good! At 1370g it is a reasonable weight. I particularly like the lid with its single-buckle closure and its gusset panel that allows the lid to be raised for overloading the sack without allowing rain to enter. There is also a deep snow-lock extension that further adds to the water resistance of the design. The sack is made from a relatively lightweight fabric, but it still feels robust and durable. The back panel is well-padded for comfort and minimal contact to reduce the chances of the user getting a sweaty back. The hipbelt is very wide and you get top tensioning straps, which all adds up to a great carry. Compression straps are also provided, while the lid pocket is massive. But my main niggle with this sack is that you don’t get wand pockets for stowing trekking poles. Some sacks are lighter of course, while others provide even more airflow around the back making them better for summer walks.
Capacity: 35 litres
Fabric: nylon 420D HD and nylon 1300D Ballistic
Features: padded back system; top tensioning straps, external and internal lid pocket; gusset between lid and body; compression straps; twin ice axe/pole attachment points; hydration system-compatible; gear loops on harness
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 30
Verdict: A great sack for general hill-walking and scrambling, particularly as the lid design is excellent for wet UK conditions; but trekking pole users may prefer something with wand pockets.
First published in Trail magazine, May 2008