Karrimor Marathon 30 rucksack (2008)

This ultralight rucksack has a good entry-level capacity of 30 litres coupled with a respectable weight of 652g for the sack. You also get a 128g hydration bladder provided for the price, which again is very respectable. The sack has a plain, padded back panel with padded hipbelt and shoulder straps, making this a reasonably comfortable carry. The main compartment has a zip-round opening plus an external zipped pocket. The mesh pockets are really useful for a lightweight jacket or food. Compression straps on the side of the pack are ideal for stashing gear as well as compressing the load. There is a dash of reflective piping on the back and shoulders straps for safety on night runs too. This sack feels durable and certainly offers a good introduction to light and fast gear. But there are lighter sacks out there, and some are lower in price. The hipbelt pockets are not the easiest to access on the move. The back system is sweatier than others with open mesh contact zones. A daisy chain system of webbing is not provided for stashing extra gear. I’m not a fan of zipped main openings as they can fail.

Capacity 30 litres
Fabric 210 denier ripstop nylon
Features padded back system; padded hipbelt fins; zipped mesh side pockets; mesh front pocket; front bungee gear stash; external zipped front pocket; zipped main closure; hydration system-compatible
Weight 652g + 128g hydration system
Made in China
Stores in the UK 20

This is a great general mountain marathon sack for those wanting to save weight and retain a high capacity of 30 litres.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008