This backpacking rucksack from Native Planet, a new brand in the UK, features an adjustable back system called Sonic, which allows the position of the shoulder straps to be adjusted while the sack is being worn, and this works well enough. The lid is linked to the main body with a bellows panel, so that the lid can be extended without water creeping into the sack. The side pockets are ideal for water bottles, or they can be tucked away to narrow the profile when not required. Side compression straps are provided with quick-release buckles, which make them easy to use for attaching gear to the sides of the pack. There is a large pocket in the lid that is very useful for maps and guidebooks. But with a 15-20kg load this was less comfortable and less stable than others in its price range. The ladder lock buckles and webbing straps were not smooth to operate either. At 2600g this is also quite heavy for the performance. It would be better to compare this with lower-priced packs, which suggests it’s a little overpriced.
Capacity: 50-70 litres
Fabric: XTP 600 polyester ripstop and XTP 900 polyester ripstop
Features: Sonic System adjustable Bioflex back system; twin main compartments; front access to main compartment; lid with internal and external pockets; bellows side pockets; side compression straps; wand pockets; rain cover; hydration system-compatible
Made in: China
Stores in UK: 12
Verdict: For £100 this rucksack does not compare well to the others in this price range in terms of comfort, stability and performance.