OMM Villain MSC 45+10 2008

This rucksack is very lightweight with plenty of capacity (and this can be stripped down to 710g by removing various parts the sack). The back system is very simple with an internal removable stiffener and some padding in the lumbar area and shoulder straps. The sack is nice and stable and narrow, making it ideal for scramblers. The compression straps and wand pockets are ideal for stowing trekking poles too. The front compressor panel is good for stashing a waterproof, while its pocket stores smaller items. The side zip on the main compartment is useful to access items stowed outside a waterproof rucksack liner, but inside the pack. The lid has a single buckle so it is fast to use, while a good snow-lock extension keeps the elements out. A very useful sack for hill-walkers, scramblers and lightweight backpacking. But the back system does not allow as much airflow as others, so this tends to feel a little sweatier than some alternatives. Other heavier sacks may prove to be more durable over time and benefit from additional features. Some may prefer webbing top tensioning straps rather than the light cord used on this sack.

Capacity 45+10 litres
Fabric Dyneema
Features Leanweight chassis back system; removable lumbar pad; removable internal back stiffener; removable front compressor; top tensioning straps; compression straps; wand pockets; external lid pocket; twin ice axe/pole attachment points; hydration system-compatible
Weight 1160g (710g stripped)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 40
A superb modern classic lightweight rucksack that is at home when hill-walking, scrambling or lightweight backpacking, but some may want extra comfort.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2008