Gelert Fusion 35 2009

The Gelert Fusion 35 rucksack has a tested capacity of 35 litres; long back; simple, top zip and underside pockets; 2 pole or ice axe loops, front bungee, 2 stretch mesh side pockets, vented back, reinforced base, orange rain cover, comfy hipbelt. But it’s heavy at 1903g; would benefit from a front pocket, a narrower women’s fit and contouring on the shoulders; protruding middle back pad can irritate; chest strap needs to run higher.

Gelert – tel. (01766) 510300;

Verdict: The Gelert Fusion 35 rucksack is good value for wide-shouldered, tall women, but it’s heavy.

First published in Trail magazine July 2009

Gelert Core 45+10 2008

This rucksack has a good adjustable Cool Air back system; lots of padding on back and hipbelt; wand pockets; side compression straps; snow-lock extension; twin main compartments; floating lid with internal and external pockets and stowed rain cover. But 1800g is very heavy; do you need the adjustable back length, base compartment and bellows side pockets that add all this weight?
A superb-value sack, but extra features add weight.

First published in Trail magazine October 2008

Gelert Fusion 35

This 30-40 litre rucksack weighs 950g; partially padded back; hydration system-compatible; single-buckle lid closure for ease; compression straps; mesh wand pockets; snow-lock extension to main compartment; lid pocket.
But padding on back is restricted to lumbar area and hipbelt but not top of back.

Verdict: Strange padding on the back reduces satisfaction of this good lightweight rucksack.


First published in Trail magazine, May 2008

Gelert Summit 25

This daysack from Gelert boasts a concave airflow back system – great on a pack of this price – and this one works fairly well, keeping you cool and comfy. It’s quite short though, and sits quite high up your back. It certainly feels stable and stays cool enough due to that airflow back. Compression straps help steady the load and, although it has less pockets than some, it is hydration system compatible.

Verdict: A neat, well thought-out daypack that’s well-featured and offers exceptional performance for its modest price tag. If you’re on a tight budget, look no further.

Capacity: 25 litres

Main compartment: Drawcord/lid

Back system: Channelled

Other features: Waist belt, two mesh side pockets, bungee cord attachments

Colours: Grey/red, navy/blue

Contact: 01766 510300;

Gelert Swerve 25

This 25-litre daysack from Gelert is very comfortable to wear, despite its very short back length, with the bulk of the load definitely being directed through the padded cushion that sits on the small of your back. The concave back system works well, and the webbing waist belt looks flimsy but doesn’t feel uncomfortable. With an easy access zipped main compartment and a good selection of pockets, the Swerve is a pretty versatile pack, although its usable space appears a little smaller than most. It feels quite stable on, mainly due to the smaller size, and the fact the concave back isn’t too extreme. It also comes with a useful rain cover, but there’s no pocket for a hydration system.

Verdict: This is a lot of rucksack for the money, so if you’re on a really tight budget, don’t think twice. If things aren’t quite so tight, it’s probably worth spending the extra £10 for a few more features.

Capacity: 25 litres

Main compartment: Zipped

Back system: Concave

Other features: Waist belt, main pocket, two mesh side pockets, front pocket with waterproof zip, utility bungee cord

Colours: Red/grey, navy/blue

Contact: 01766 510300;