The Aleia prioritises ease of access, and this is most visible in the ingenious zip-opening format: main extends down almost to the foot of the bag on one side, meaning the whole front face can be pulled away when you want to find something that’s stuck down in the deepest corner. Like the Habu, it clearly wants to go anywhere: there are attachments for poles and ice axe as well as the usual refinements for a long day-walk. Pockets are plentiful and generously-sized; the handiest ones are the hip-pockets and the big, stretchy front panel. The fit is excellent and sweaty back problems are alleviated by a mesh-covered back panel which pushes the pack away from your back without too much loss of storage. Lightly padded hip belts and a secure fit mean you can stuff this one to the max and it’ll still feel comfy on a long walk.
Extra pockets: 4 (top, front, belt x2)
Back system: Trampoline-style suspended mesh
Contact: 0800 328 0012
Plenty of room for the walker who wants to be prepared, and comfy too.
First reviewed in Country Walking July 2015 by NicSarah Ryan