What do you really need from a 30-40 litre rucksack when hill-walking? Some would say just a sack that is reasonably light, reasonably durable and reasonably priced – and that is exactly what the Cima Di Basso is. You get only what you might reasonably need with this sack. It weighs in at a very respectable 830g, simply because it has so few features. The back system is padded and stiff enough to allow easy packing. The hipbelt is a plain webbing design that does all it needs to. There are compression straps so you can stabilise the load or stash extras on the outside. There is also a small loop at the base of the sides so trekking poles can be attached. The lid covers the access to the main compartment and you get a good lid pocket. There are no frills here, but do you really need anything more? This is ideal for scramblers, walkers and climbers, and it is an excellent price. But you get none of the frills of pricier, heavier sacks. So there are no wand pockets, and no back system with lots of airflow for more comfortable summer walking. The back system is basic and the hipbelt is not as padded as others. No waterproof cover or hydration system pockets either.
Capacity: 35 litres
Fabric: Textreme 6.6, 420D nylon
Features: padded back system; compression straps; external lid pocket; twin ice axe/pole attachment points
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in the UK: 70
Verdict: If you want a sack that is practical, light and durable, the Cima Di Basso 35 is exactly that – and it’s a great price too.
First published in Trail magazine, May 2008