The North Face Outrider 75

This backpacking rucksack, which comes in men’s and women’s styles, is 2640g, which is a reasonable weight. It is based around a back system that is designed to transfer load onto the hipbelt. It also has open construction of padding to improve breathability in the contact areas. You get a removable hydration system holder with shoulder straps inside too. The compartment body of the ‘sack is very unusual with a wand pocket on one side and a zipped pocket on the other. One side also gets a zipped side entry to the base compartment of the ‘sack. There’s also a front zipped entry to the main compartment. You get conventional side compression straps and a quick-release front bungee. A zipped panel on the front exposes a mesh pocket. This is a stable and comfortable load-lugger with some unusual design features that you’ll either love or hate.  But you need to try the unusual compartment design to see if you like it. There are also no side pockets apart from the relatively small zipped pocket at the base of one side. Like many ‘sacks it has a lid that can be raised above the pack, but this can allow water into the main compartment easier than other designs. Not the best for the price.

 

Capacity: short 70-80 litres, medium 75-85 litres, long 80-90 litres
Materials: 210HT ripstop Cordura nylon, 210Dx330D Cordura nylon and 840D Jr Ballistics Fabric
Features: VX-2 backsystem; twin main compartments with top and base entry; extending lid with one pocket; side pocket; wand pocket; side compression strap; removable hydration system holder with shoulder straps
Weight: 2640g
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 5; Wales 0; Scotland 0; Ireland 0

Verdict: Buy it if you like its quirky design as comfort and weight are good for general backpacking.