Macpac Pursuit Classic W

There is a reason this 41-50 litre pack is call the Pursuit ‘classic’. It embodies everything you would want from a good, usable rucksack. It’s functional while still looking sleek. The lid is expandable and the adequately-sized snow-lock comes with a compression strap. Elastic bungee on the front of the pack allows you to keep extra pieces of clothing handy and the lid has standard 25mm buckles for attaching extras such as roll mats. If it fits your back shape you will enjoy comfort whatever you are up to. The fabric and construction help to spell out what this pack is all about – function and quality. The capacity was spot on too. But it does not come with some of the extras a lot of packs seem to come with these days, such as a bladder facility. It may also be considered light on pockets – there is only one external pocket in the lid.


Sex: men’s and women’s
Manufacturer’s capacity: 45 litres
Trail tested capacity: 45 litres
Fabric: Aztec HP
Features: adjustable shoulder straps and hipbelt, side compression straps, walking pole and axe attachments
Weight: 1900g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 60; Wales 8; Scotland 8; Ireland 2

Verdict: Buy it if you want quality, functionality and comfort rolled into a ‘classic’ pack, rather than too many frills.