The Matrix is lighter than some backpacking rucksacks we tested, and more streamlined, making it ideal for trekking with poles. The back system is a simple design, but it felt comfortable and can be adjusted for length. The main compartment has a conventional base divider and base access. There is a compression system built into the lower compartment for a sleeping bag too. The main opening has a very neat closure, which means that you could remove the lid while keeping the contents of the main sack well-protected from the elements. On the front there is a bottom-entry stash pocket behind the drawcord system. Good wand pockets on the sides of the pack plus a pair of compression straps provide an ideal place to stow poles. But it has no external pockets, so it may not suit everyone’s method of packing. I like the top closure of the main compartment, but I’d still prefer a lid to be connected to the body by a bellows panel to keep rain out. Pity the compression straps don’t get quick-release buckles.
Capacity: 70 litres
Fabric: 420D nylon, 500D nylon
Features: adjustable back system; twin main compartments; floating lid with internal and external pockets; front pocket; side compression straps; wand pockets; hydration system-compatible
Made in: China
Stores: no info provided
Verdict: A good backpacking rucksack for those who prefer a lower-weight, more streamlined sack and don’t want large external pockets.