A good, simple, entry-level pack with no frills. It took all the key items we packed, and the basic padded back system circulates air reasonably well. The dark interior makes it hard to find things, and the side pockets are rather shallow so your flask or bottle will protrude, if not wobble. The outer bungee cord will hold a spare waterproof in readiness for bad weather, and the sternum strap can be adjusted to connect anywhere along the chest. The hole for the hydration hose is tiny; we had to widen it to get the hose through. But for the basic matter of carrying a big load in reasonable comfort, the Survivor works fine; it just lacks the refinements that would make it a good proposition for a regular long-distance winter walker.
Back system: Air mesh with padding
Features: Pole loops, hydration-compatible, rain cover
Contact: 0843 309 0199
Review from the Nov 2013 issue of Country Walking.