Raidlight Runner R-Lite rucksack (2008)

This ultralight rucksack weighs in at 708g, so it’s among the lightest 30 litre sacks here. There are lots of great features here too, including padded zones that lift the body of the sack away from the torso for greater airflow. The shoulder straps have air-vented padding too. The hipbelt is well-padded and stiff enough to take part of the load. There is a wide variety of pockets, including three on the hipbelt and two mesh side pockets with Velcro. There is a hydration bladder pocket on the outside of the sack, allowing easy refilling. A zipped pocket is also provided inside the sack for security. The compression comes from elasticated cords, which also provide places to stash gear. The main opening is a zipped design for rapid access, while a large mesh vent on the base allows any water than enters the sack to drain away. But it looks more complicated than it actually is! Having the hydration bladder on the outside places this weight along way from the wearer, which is not ideal. I find that zipped closures on the main compartment tend to fail in time, but this may be a better-quality zip than others use. Others have more reflective piping.

Capacity 30 litres
Fabric nylon and polyester
Features mesh padded contact zones on back; padded hipbelt fins; air-vented shoulder straps; hipbelt pockets; mesh side pockets with Velcro closure; bungee compression cords;  bungee gear stash on front; hydration system-compatible; zipped main closure; zipped front pocket; internal security pocket
Weight 708g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 40

A superb runners’ sack that allows rapid access to your hydration system, but some features may not be to everyone’s liking.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008