This 30-40 litre rucksack is a classic sack that benefits from an Aeroflex back system. This allows valuable airflow around the back, which is of particular benefit on hill-walks in warm weather. The back system is very comfortable, and the wide hipbelt allows much of the weight to be carried on the hips. I particularly like the design of the body of this sack, as it has bellows side pockets that are useful for water bottles. There are compression straps and wand pockets for trekking poles too. The main compartment also gets a snow-lock extension to keep the worst of the weather out. The lid also has a useful outside pocket. The price is superb for what you get, and for many general walkers this will be the obvious choice from this test. But the hipbelt is perhaps wider than it needs to be for the loads that would be carried in this sack. Other sacks without the Aeroflex back system sit closer to the back for more stability (when scrambling for example). Other sacks are also lighter; indeed, this is one of the heaviest options here. If you are prepared to compromise further there are also lower-priced options of course.
Capacity: 35+4 litres in each pocket
Fabric: 600D polyester
Features: Aeroflex back system; top tensioning straps; bellows side pockets; compression straps; external lid pocket; twin ice axe/pole attachment points; hydration system-compatible; removable rain cover (74g)
Made in: Far East
Stores in the UK: 60
Verdict: A perfect choice for those who don’t necessarily want the lightest option but do want a sack that is ideal for warm-weather day walks where the extra airflow is of real benefit.
First published in Trail magazine, May 2008