Lowe Alpine Walkabout Air 25

This 25-litre daysack from Lowe Alpine is a good-fitting rucksack, and the new Pure Air Zone back system is both comfortable and cool. The shoulder straps are well contoured and padded, and the plain webbing hip belt works fine, despite looking a little basic. The back system offers much of the cooling of the concave airflow systems, but holds the load a lot closer to your back, making for a more stable ride. It has good side pockets – big enough for a flask or water bottle – but would benefit from compression straps. The elasticated lid makes the pocket on the lid awkward to pack.

Verdict: A stable and comfortable pack, perfect for hill walking and tough enough to take a few knocks. It’s quite expensive, though, and would definitely benefit from compression straps and lid pockets that are easier to access.

Capacity: 25 litres

Main compartment: Drawcord/lid

Back system: Pure Air Zone (concave)

Other features: Waist belt, body-shaped harness, two side pockets and lid pockets, pole holder, front mesh pocket, rain cover, hydration system-compatible

Colours: True red/brownstone, cobalt/slate grey, crocodile green/brownstone

Contact: 01539 740840; www.lowealpine.com