The shoulder straps are quite wide, and may feel uncomfortable for women with narrow shoulders. The hip belt has no padding, so will not feel as supportive as some. Roomy main compartment with zipped access and a compression strap on each side to keep contents stable. The mesh back system allows a nice flow of air and sits comfortably. Useful pocket on one shoulder strap and a spacious front pocket with compartments.
Main compartment: Zipped
Back system: Concave/mesh
Other features: Hydration-compatible, three pockets, whistle buckle, reflective strips
Contact: 01539 738882, www.thenorthface.com
First published in Country Walking magazine July 2009.