Macpac Amp Light 35

This is a wonderfully simple, lightweight daysack. Pockets include one in the lid, another large one at the front and three wand pockets around the base. There are facilities for walking poles, axes and a hydration system. The lid has a good-sized, double drawstring skirt to keep out even the worst downpours. Compression straps on the sides will reduce the pack’s volume if needed. The zip and cord pulls are all easy to get hold of. Basically this is a pack for hardy souls who push boundaries for fun before breakfast and appreciate simplicity, not for hitting canal towpaths on a Sunday afternoon. But the back system is not ventilated, which will lead to stickiness when working hard or when it’s warm. There is only one attachment for poles, meaning you would have to decide between them or an axe. The number of mesh pockets could also be considered excessive.


Manufacturer’s capacity: 35 litres
Trail tested capacity: 34 litres
Materials: Titan Grid Fabric 100D high tenacity nylon
Features: padded back system, front pocket, lid pocket, mesh pocket on front, mesh wand pockets, compression straps, walking pole and ice axe attachment points, hydration system-compatible
Weight: 1300g
Made in Philippines
Stores in UK: England 20; Wales 5; Scotland 5; Ireland 2

Verdict: Buy it if you want a slimline, lightweight daysack without an airflow back system.