Vango Stealth 40+8 2008

Vango has always been a brand that you can rely on for coming up with superb-value products – and the Stealth rucksack is no exception. You get a well-padded back system that can also be adjusted for length. This has good stiffness to make packing easier. The body is a simple single compartment with a useful front pocket that is large enough to take a water bottle or small jacket. The stretch wand pockets and side compression straps are ideal for stowing trekking poles for example. There is a good snow-lock extension. The lid is conventional with a large pocket and a removable rain cover fitted to a second pocket. The fabric is lightweight but heavier materials are used in areas that are particularly vulnerable to abrasion. At this price it is a winner and ideal for most walkers. But the rain cover stuffed in the lid gets in the way (but it can be removed, and that’s what I would do). The materials don’t feel quite so ‘nice’ as higher-priced packs, and there are more durable options. The hipbelt is perhaps too wide and padded, and it just feels a little too bulky for this capacity. Also you can get lighter sacks.

Capacity 40+8 litres
Fabric 70D Excel Lite polyester
Features padded, adjustable-length back system; top tensioning straps; one main compartment; stretch wand pockets; compression straps; lid with external lid pocket; rain cover in second lid pocket; front pocket; twin ice axe/pole attachment points; hydration system-compatible
Weight 1200g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 372
A superb, low-priced rucksack that most walkers will find ideal for valley, hill and mountain walking at home or abroad.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2008