The Salomon Sky 45 tips the scales at 1189g, making it ideal for lightweight overnight trips as well as year-round hill and mountain travel. It’s a fairly clutter-free design and cannot boast some of the elaborate thinking of other packs, but what it does have is a good, clean, practical design. The back system is called Airvent Contact and it is basically a moulded back panel with perforated holes and raised dimples to allow minimal body contact and good airflow, as well as allowing this pack to sit pretty close to the user’s back. Mesh-covered foam lines the shoulder straps and hipbelt, and overall this is comfortable – although some packs we looked at have more airflow and others have hipbelts that can take more load off the shoulders. The body of the Salomon Sky 45 is a simple single compartment with lid entry plus a zipped side entry. There’s a good-sized front zipped pocket too that’s great for smaller waterproofs, while the lid pocket is ideal for maps and guidebooks. The compression straps get quick-release buckles, which can be used with the side mesh pockets for stowing things like trekking poles or tent poles. The mesh side pockets are a little more baggy and less elasticated than others, so they don’t grip small items as well as they could. But overall for its weight the Salomon Sky 45 is a great all-rounder for hillgoers who aren’t in need of more elaborate designs.
Capacity 45 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 4
Wand pockets yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s (unisex) back length one size
Women’s back length none
If simple functionality at a decent weight and a reasonable price is your need then the Salomon Sky 45 is a good, though not stunning, option.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2013