Salomon Minim 20

This is a slimline pack for those who like to stay on the move. The long shape of it means that you could even run with it, should you need to. The long, narrow design keeps your arms free to swing around, and the pack is very lightweight. The breezy airvent back system really keeps the pack away from your body, with only two thin straps in contact with the wearer and a rigid curve to the bag itself. Of course, this does mean that load capacity is compromised. Loading is made trickier by the vertical zip opening on the main compartment. If the bag is full the contents are inclined to burst out when you unzip. That makes it difficult to re-pack too.

: 20L
Weight: 692g
Main compartment closure: Zip
Back system: Airvent MINIM suspended mesh
Accessories: Pole loops; hydration-compatible
Contact: 01256 479 555;
• Review from Country Walking magazine, July ’11

Salomon Revo 35

The mesh back system has a deep lateral curve that helps pull the load on to your back, but reduces venting a little – although not enough to be a major problem. It’s the only pack to use a side zip as a secondary opening for the main compartment, which isn’t as effective as it could be. You have to reach under the lid (or unbuckle it) and can’t get access to the whole width of the pack. Also, buckles were stiff when new.

Capacity: 31L
Weight: 1,216g
Main compartment: Drawcord and buckle lid
Back system: Suspended mesh
Contact: 01256 479 555;

Salomon Raid Revo 30 rucksack (2008)

At 670g the Revo is one of the lightest 30 litre ultralight rucksacks. The back system has padded zones to allow some airflow and increase comfort, while wide, padded hipbelt fins are ideal for transferring the load to the hips. There are zipped pockets on the hipbelt for easy access to energy bars. On the side of the main sack you get very deep mesh pockets that could swallow a one litre water bottle. Compression straps are also provided to control the load. On the front of the sack is a good compression bungee system that is again ideal for stashing gear. A series of daisy chain loops means you can attach extra gear if needed too. You get a good, simple lid with a single buckle closure, snow lock extension and an internal and external lid pocket. Inside the sack you can fit a hydration system bladder too. But some rucksacks have more reflective piping for night events. The sack is very durable but could be made lighter with thinner materials or for example by replacing the wide webbing compression straps with cord (as other sacks do). Some sacks allow more airflow on the shoulder straps and back system too.

Capacity 30 litres
Fabric 2100 double ripstop nylon, 210D Oxford nylon
Features mesh padded contact zones on back; padded hipbelt fins; hipbelt pockets; very deep mesh side pockets; compression straps; daisy chain gear loops; bungee compression panel on front; hydration system-compatible; single buckle lid closure; inner and outer zipped lid pockets
Weight 670g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 87
A simple, narrow sack that is great for adventure racing thanks to its weight and capacity, which are ideal for entry-level competitors. It won ‘Best value’ in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008