The Robens Fairbanks 35 rucksack weighs 1003g; medium back; low price; top pocket plus zip pocket; front bungees; 2 elasticated mesh side pockets; one pole or ice axe loop; simple vented back; black raincover; basic padded hipbelt. But it’s 5 litres undersize at 30 litres so may not be big enough; would benefit from more lid or sack front pockets and women’s fit shoulders and hips; hipbelt curves down very oddly and uncomfily.
Robens – tel. (01937) 591101; www.robens.de
Verdict: The Robens Fairbanks 35 rucksack is great value for newbies on low-level walks.
First published in Trail magazine July 2009