This comfortable 20-25 litre daysack from Regatta feels great on the shoulders and hugs the top of your hips. The Airstream concave back system works well to keep you cool and dry, and the shoulder straps are heavily padded and well-shaped. The back length is about perfect, and the chest strap offers plenty of adjustment up and down. It’s a tall, slim pack, which makes it slightly less easy to access the contents than with some, but the concave back doesn’t bend too harshly, so it’s not too bad, and it feels stable on the move. Good to see compression straps on a pack of this price, and the single buckle opening and innovative packaway mesh panel for wet clothes are nice features. The side pockets are a little small.
Verdict: The X-ert II is a great pack, with stacks of useful features at a very reasonable price. It’s unlikely to outlast some of the more expensive options here, but that’s to be expected for the money.
Capacity: 20-25 litres
Main compartment: Drawcord/lid
Back system: Airstream (concave)
Other features: Adjustable waist belt and chest strap, two zipped side pockets, internal security pocket, pole holder, compression straps, hydration system-compatible
Colours: Seal grey/black, cadet blue/seal grey
Contact: 0161 749 1313; www.regatta.com