The Mountain Hardwear Wandrin 48 is a rucksack that holds a surprising amount of kit within its two compartments. Long zip tags make it easy to open the lower one, and this can be opened up inside (thanks to a zip) to make one compartment if preferred. An oddly placed rain cover in the top half of the lower compartment takes up a lot room, though it can be removed. A side zip also allows main compartment access without having to open the lid.
The bladder pocket is zipped away from the main compartment, which is a nice touch, and both the floating lid and an expandable front pocket with an extra map-sized pocket are good features.
The wand pockets are generous, and having at least one quick-release compression strap is useful (two would have made it perfect). One niggle is that if carrying something heavy in the lid you do have to watch that it doesn’t slip down, as rain could potentially leak inside, but if you monitor it and use dry bags it’s not a problem.
The pack comes in two back lengths and though pegged as ‘unisex’ the smaller one seemed cut with a bias towards a woman’s figure, sitting well on the hips and shoulders. The Mountain Hardwear Wandrin 48’s back is extremely well-ventilated, held away from your body with a huge mesh panel that doesn’t reduce the internal room.
Capacity 48 litres
External pockets 5
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Back lengths 2
Floating lid yes
Men’s option unisex model
The Mountain Hardwear Wandrin 48 is a light, comfy, well-ventilated and good-value pack that fits in all you need for multi-day walks. It was awarded the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012