Salomon Raid Revo 30 rucksack (2008)

At 670g the Revo is one of the lightest 30 litre ultralight rucksacks. The back system has padded zones to allow some airflow and increase comfort, while wide, padded hipbelt fins are ideal for transferring the load to the hips. There are zipped pockets on the hipbelt for easy access to energy bars. On the side of the main sack you get very deep mesh pockets that could swallow a one litre water bottle. Compression straps are also provided to control the load. On the front of the sack is a good compression bungee system that is again ideal for stashing gear. A series of daisy chain loops means you can attach extra gear if needed too. You get a good, simple lid with a single buckle closure, snow lock extension and an internal and external lid pocket. Inside the sack you can fit a hydration system bladder too. But some rucksacks have more reflective piping for night events. The sack is very durable but could be made lighter with thinner materials or for example by replacing the wide webbing compression straps with cord (as other sacks do). Some sacks allow more airflow on the shoulder straps and back system too.

Capacity 30 litres
Fabric 2100 double ripstop nylon, 210D Oxford nylon
Features mesh padded contact zones on back; padded hipbelt fins; hipbelt pockets; very deep mesh side pockets; compression straps; daisy chain gear loops; bungee compression panel on front; hydration system-compatible; single buckle lid closure; inner and outer zipped lid pockets
Weight 670g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 87
Verdict
A simple, narrow sack that is great for adventure racing thanks to its weight and capacity, which are ideal for entry-level competitors. It won ‘Best value’ in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008