Fjällräven Friluft 45 2011

The Friluft 45 is the first Fjällräven rucksack I’ve ever tested, and it’s a cracking piece of kit. It manages to be lighter than most here at just 1450g, but it also provides a well-ventilated back system that allows a lot of airflow while keeping the sack close to your back.
The sides of the back system have foam mesh on them, rather than a more open mesh to allow better airflow, which is a pity. But the body of the sack is great, with stretch wand/side pockets and quick-release compression straps so you can strap poles to the sides. The lid is fixed, so no water can leak into the main compartment, and you get a hydration pocket, a large external lid pocket plus a zipped security pocket under the lid.
A removable rain cover (94g) is stashed in the base, which can be ditched if you think the sack is too heavy. Some sacks are available in different backlengths and women’s versions, but sadly the Fjällräven Friluft 45 is not.

Price £120
Weight 1450g
Capacity 45 litres
Internal compartments 1
External pockets 2
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Ice axe loops 2
Back lengths 1
Floating lid no
Women’s option no
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Features 4
Design/build 4
Comfort 5
Performance 5
Value 4
Overall 4

Fjällräven is not a familiar brand of rucksack to me, but the Friluft 45 is ideal for hill-walking if you like a lighter pack with good airflow.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011