Karrimor Cougar 60-70

This backpacking rucksack has bags of heritage and a well-proven design. The back length is adjustable on the move, thanks to the well-established SA back system, and this also allows lots of airflow around the back. The body of the sack is fairly conventional with an upper and lower main compartment, bellows side pocket, compression straps and a slim front pocket for maps. I really liked the fact that the compression straps had quick-release buckles to make side pocket access easier. The lid is not able to rise vertically to accommodate bigger loads and is instead directly attached to the body to ensure that rain doesn’t drain into the main compartment. The lid gets an external pocket with a second pocket, inside which a removable rain cover is stowed. It’s remarkable value at £100. But the rain cover is stuffed into a pocket in the lid and for me this was the first thing I removed, as it takes up too much space. While I liked the SA back system, it is not quite as stable as other designs (although to be fair I didn’t find it a problem when I took this pack out backpacking).


Capacity: 60-70 litres
Fabric: nylon & polyester
Features: SA Cool Mesh adjustable back system; twin main compartments; lid with internal and external pockets; bellows side pockets; front pocket; side compression straps; wand pockets; rain cover; hydration system-compatible
Weight: 2550g
Made in: China
Stores in UK: 150

Verdict: A superb rucksack at a stunning price. Some may prefer more stable back systems or extending lid designs.