Vango Sherpa

This is a 41-50 litre rucksack that is better suited to backpacking rather than day walking. This is not a bad thing, as what it does, it does very well. The back system is not only fully adjustable, but it also lengthens for a more precise fit. The pack can be compressed from both the sides and the base, and you can also use the zip entrance to gain access to items packed at the bottom of the rucksack which is handy for hut-to-hut walking as hut gear can be stowed in this area. There are plenty of pockets to round things off, including compressible ones on the sides and two in the lid. So use this for backpacking and it performs well. The manufacturer’s stated capacity seems about right too. But the straps that provide the adjustment are stiff and tricky to use compared to some others. Features put on the pack for use while hill-walking are rather superficial, so for example there is only one elastic strap on the front of the pack to fasten both walking poles and an axe.  

 

Sex: unisex
Manufacturer’s capacity: 50+10 litres
Trail tested capacity: 59 litres
Fabric: polyester/Excel combination fabric
Features: fully adjustable back and hipbelt, side and base compression straps, rain cover, bladder-compatible, walking pole or axe attachment
Weight: 2300g
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided

Verdict: Buy it if you can accept it for what it is and you won’t be disappointed.