The Arête 45 is a wonderfully simple and functional rucksack, and at only 1045g it deserves to be high on the wants list of anyone heading to the hills. The sack has a simple padded back system, hipbelt and shoulder straps that allow you to throw it on your back and forget about it. The back is stiff enough to allow easier packing without fear of objects poking into your back. The profile of the sack is quite narrow, so it is ideal for scrambling. There is a main compartment with compression straps and wand pockets, which is all you really need for general hill-walking and scrambling. The lid is again equally simple as it has just a single-clasp buckle that is faster and easier to use, rather than twin buckles. There is a lid pocket, and that is about it. Better still it is only £50, which is amazing for what it offers. But other rucksacks have more airflow around the back and offer a more cushioned carry. Some may prefer a rucksack with more pockets than the single lid pocket you get here. Finally, the higher-priced sacks offer more features in general including adjustable back lengths if you need one.
Capacity 45 litres
Fabric Esdura 600 D RS/ Esdura 600 D/ Ardura 100 D
Features Fushoc 2 back system; top tensioning straps; wand pockets; compression straps; lid with single-clasp buckle closure; external lid pocket; twin ice axe/pole attachment points; hydration system-compatible
Made in ChinaVerdict
This sack is perfect for those who want to tackle hill and mountain walks plus some scrambles throughout the year, but others have more features. We rated it as ‘best value’ in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2008