The North Face Ray 20

The North Face Ray 20 women's rucksack has a channelled back system that's comfortable, but tends to bulge when full. The North Face Ray 20 clings to your back like a limpet, so it's very stable, but also quite sweaty. Lightweight, but the complex array of internal pockets – including a huge one for a hydration bladder – tends to get in the way when packing. We’d have liked more outside pockets for hat, gloves and snacks.

Capacity: 20 litres
Main compartment: Zipped
Back system: Exo Lite (channelled)
Other features: Chest strap with safety whistle, waist belt, multi-pockets, rain cover, pole attachment
Colours: Tofino blue, black
Contact: 01539 738882,
Verdict A lightweight pack that will do the job for summer walking and general leisure/office use, but there are better options for a big day out in the hills.

Reviewed by Country Walking 2008.