Comfortable, well-built and bristling with features including a great selection of pockets, a rain cover, and a cool and stable back system. It carried a large load well but struggled a little with smaller ones, as there’s no compression straps to prevent heavier items moving around. Hydration system-compatible, but the port for the hose is so small that it’s necessary to remove the mouthpiece to thread it. Good value overall.
Main compartment: Lid/drawcord
Back system: Concave/mesh
Other features: walking pole holders, side pockets, hydration-compatible
Contact: 08448 110535; www.vango.co.uk
First published in Country Walking magazine July 2009.