This maverick pack does its own thing in its own unique, slightly baffling way. To get into it, you first have to unclip four buckles to peel away an outer layer. Inside, you won’t find your standard toggled compartment but an inbuilt dry-bag, rolled up and fastened by yet another buckle. Between the outer layer and the main compartment, two pouches offer space for an extra layer or two, but nothing more as everything will just fall out once the outer layer is lowered. Accessing anything in this pack is something of an ordeal, though it is unquestionably watertight and saves you flapping around with waterproof covers. The fit is highly customisable, with the hip and back systems adjustable to suit your height, though it’s still not ideal for shorter walkers. The back is supported by a stiff frame, which gives great support and bears the weight of the load perfectly well, although the lower back lacks sufficient padding to make the frame comfy. Target Price £120.
Extra pockets: 3 (front, top + hydration system pocket)
Back system: EDS (padded)
Contact: 0207 836 5118, www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk
PROS: Waterproof, customisable back system, supportive frame.
CONS: Difficult access to main storage area, insufficient padding.
Review from Country Walking magazine.