Lightweight, jungle-proof backpack
I bought this backpack for trekking in the Gayo Pusat mountains in Sumatra - probably not what the designer had in mind when developing this product - and it was absolutely perfect for the job. At 1.25kg it is lightweight yet unbelievably tough. My shirt and trousers were ripped to shreds by the thorny jungle undergrowth yet this bag was completely unscathed (although it has picked up a brownish-red patina from bashing into rotting trees). It also survived the baggage handlers at Heathrow/KLIA/Medan airports, being stuffed into the back of Indonesian buses, being sat on by a dozen schoolkids and sundry other tribulations.
I'm not a massive fan of the floating top and found that I had to tighten the straps several times a day, but that is a small price to pay for an otherwise excellent bag.
I managed to fit all of my kit inside and was able to carry about 12kg very comfortably. It would probably handle a bit more weight if it had to. The bag sat comfortably on my back and yet I was able to throw it from side to side as I ducked under and over fallen trees and other obstacles.
It is by far the best backpack I have ever owned and I'm hoping to buy the 70l version very soon.
28 January 2013
Excellent, fully functional piece of kit-bombproof!
This is a faff-free mountain rucksack that while being virtually bombproof, still won't weigh you down on a day or four out in the hills. Solid construction, nothing flapping around in the wind/blizzard and as weatherproof as you can get. The color-scheme might not be as sexy as some of the other brands out there, but trust me-these are some of the best, cleanly designed packs out there.
06 October 2012
Tough and simple climbing backpack
Needed a bag that would do long mountaineering routes, act as a trekking pack and fit all my climbing and camping gear for a weekend in the Peaks, and this is currently doing the job. Little sign of wear and tear so far as it's one tough bag, but it carries weight well and has no unnecessary features. Bombproof.
28 May 2012