This daysack from The North Face has a long back, stacks of padding, adjustment at the shoulders and hips, and a very breathable, deep, channelled back system, making it a delight to carry. It’s very heavy though, even when empty. It’s over-elaborate and more clunky to use than many, though, and heavy for 25 litres. The huge lid pocket and removable back plate are good, which does reduce the weight, but all that padding isn’t needed, and bigger side pockets would be good.
Verdict: A good-looking pack with more padding than is necessary at this size. Lots of bells and whistles, but overall performance would be enhanced if it were to shed some weight.
Capacity: 25 litres
Main compartment: Drawcord/lid
Back system: Channelled
Other features: Padded waist belt, harness and chest strap, two water bottle pockets, pole holders
Colours: Deepwater blue, Indian clay red, black
Contact: 01539 738882; www.thenorthface.com