Regatta X-Ert Performance 35L 2009

The Regatta X-Ert Performance 35L rucksack’s tested capacity is 36 litres; durable; long back; top zip pocket, blue rain cover, comfy shoulder straps; 2 zip and 2 elasticated mesh side, front and base pockets; 2 pole or ice axe loops; padded hipbelt; vented back. But no snow lock extension; heavy at 1412g; side pocket zips obstructed by compression straps; bulky shoulder straps; short hipbelt wands.

Regatta – tel. (0161) 749 1313; www.regatta.com

Verdict: The Regatta X-Ert Performance 35L rucksack is robust and roomy, but it’s heavy and needs a women’s fit.

First published in Trail magazine July 2009