The Bolt is an excellent all-rounder. It’s comfortable, easy to adjust for fit and stability, and boasts some ingenious features. Opening up the lid, main access is via a secure drawcord, but there’s a handy side zip if you need quick access. There are plenty of extra storage options including a lid pocket, a hip pocket and a generous expanding panel at the front, plus clever side pouches that fold out to take bigger water bottles. Available in two back lengths, it’s easy to fine tune the fit and a flexible internal frame gives the pack some reassuring shape and stability with bulkier loads. It’s not immediately obvious what some straps do, or why the one for the lid needs to be so long and flappy, but apart from making the overall design busier, they don’t seem to be doing anything wrong.
Target Price £90
Extra pockets: 2 (lid, belt)
Back system: OpenAir (mesh airflow)
Contact: 01572 772436, www.blackdiamondequipment.com
Slick design with fittings and features to match – a quality piece of kit.
Review from Country Walking magazine.