The Cobra proves simple design can go a long way. It’s tough yet light and stripped down to the basics in places, but there are a few innovative features to boot. It’s the little things that make a difference though. By angling the main zip towards your back, it’s easier to root around inside when the pack’s off. Unlike others on test, the grooved foam Comfort Back Pad is lined with a finer mesh to reduce abrasion against waterproofs, but while it provides some ventilation, it doesn’t feel quite as cool in hot, sticky conditions. The back panel is very flexible, allowing great freedom of movement, but it didn’t feel as comfortable or stable with lumpier loads. A versatile daypack, the Cobra is fully adjustable, with attachments for walking poles too, however the odd clip and fixture are a tad fiddly to use.
Target Price £75
Women’s version: Habu 22
Capacity: 25L Weight: 870g Extra pockets: 3
Back system: Comfort Back Pad (padded airflow)
Contact: 01670 522300, www.montane.co.uk
A neat daypack built for durability. A good price for a premium product.
Review from Country Walking magazine.