One of the few packs to use a padded, channelled back system, and it’s one of the best. Although warmer than mesh systems, the channels do help keep the centre of gravity close to the body, making this more stable for those looking to move a bit quicker or even scramble. It also keeps the weight down. There is a divider in the main compartment for sleeping bag storage (if you’re a light packer), while weight and fuss is kept to a minimum with toggles used to secure the compartment dividers. Padding on all straps is good, with more than enough on the hips. Compression is good too, and there is one front pocket large enough for an OS map and then some.
Capacity: 35 litres
Main compartment: Lid and drawcord
Back system: Padded channelled
Contact: 01539 822 155 www.thenorthface.com/eu
Review from Country Walking magazine, December 2011.