Vango Traversa 35 2009

The Vango Traversa 35 rucksack has a medium back; comfy shoulder straps; top zip pocket; 2 pole or ice axe loops, front daisy chain, 2 mesh side pockets, comfy hipbelt, removable back stiffener, drawcorded bottom part, red rain cover. But it’s quite heavy at 1351g; undersized by 5 litres at a tested capacity of 30 litres – might not be enough room; no underside lid pocket; raincovers can disappear in high winds.

Vango – tel. (01475) 746000;

Verdict: The Vango Traversa 35 is a small, low-priced yet heavy rucksack for short, low-level walks.

First published in Trail magazine July 2009