One for the lightweight essentialist, the OMM Classic 32 is a popular rucksack with racers and minimalists, and it earns its chops admirably in this regard. With a ‘stripped’ weight of 555g, the Classic’s secret is that its back system can be removed and used as a short sleeping mat, which obviously enhances its appeal to those used to superlight overnighters and – how shall we say – compromised comfort. Perhaps it’s no surprise that as a sleeping mat, the back system is on the basic side, and as a back system it’s on the sweaty side, without it the rucksack is completely shapeless, and with it – while a still-lean 700g – it is approaching the weight of less specialist sacks, which edge it in the performance stakes. Features-wise, you get two wand pockets with cords, a whistle buckle, webbing on the back to lash a jacket or such and basic hydration functionality. You don’t, however, get a rain cover or under-lid zip.
The OMM Classic 32 is a good rucksack marathon enthusiasts and lightweight backpackers will adore; but it’s lean on features and rather specialist for regular hillwalkers.
Review by Simon Ingram
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine March 2014