Tatonka Yukon

The back system of this backpacking rucksack has been tweaked for 2008 to improve comfort and stability, and generally it felt very good and fitted well. You get a zipaway front opening as well as the conventional base and main top entry. There is also a front pocket plus the usual pair of side bellows pockets, and these are all nice and large for water or fuel bottles. The compression straps get quick-release buckles too, which is a bonus. The lid is a floating design so you can overload the main compartment when needed on an expedition. The lid pocket is huge and I liked the addition of side bellows panels that trap items in the lid when fully opened. There are chunky haul loops at the front and back, which makes manhandling it far easier. But the floating lid is not linked to the main body with a bellows panel, so it could easily leak in heavy rain. I’d also have preferred the hipbelt fins to wrap further around the front (although some may prefer this less intrusive design). The weight may be a turn-off though.

 

Capacity: 60 to 70 litres
Fabric: 1000D nylon
Features: V2 adjustable back system; twin main compartments; floating lid with internal and external pockets; front pocket; side compression straps; wand pockets; hydration system-compatible
Weight: 2900g
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in UK: 60

Verdict: A great backpacking sack at a good price with generally good features, but the weight and details may not be everyone’s idea of perfection.