The back system on this 25-litre rucksack from Lowe Alpine has been redesigned and works really well to keep your back cool, although it is slightly less comfortable than the old, more padded one. However, the harness fits really well and the contoured shoulder straps sit comfortably, even with a full load. The lightweight and simple design of this pack is very impressive indeed. It has a roomy main compartment and a streamlined design that keeps the contents stable, even without compression straps. Also impressive is the new ventilated back system, which keeps the load secure and close to your back.
Verdict: The Mintaka is a roomy yet streamlined pack with a new ventilated back system that achieves a good compromise between breathability and stability.
Capacity: 25 litres
Main compartment: Drawcord/lid
Back system: Pure Air Zone (concave)
Other features: Body-shaped harness, waist belt, two side pockets and lid pockets, front mesh pocket, pole holder, rain cover, hydration system-compatible
Colours: Maple red/brownstone, ocean blue/ice blue, nut brown/olive
Contact: 01539 740840; www.lowealpine.com