At the time of writing the Packaway had been reduced to £18.75 on the Craghoppers site. However, even at £25 it’s hard not to view this as a savvy purchase. The design is as basic as it comes, as it’s simply a 15-litre drybag with some very lightly padded shoulder straps plus a grab handle added on one side, and some adjustable compression webbing on the other. The roll-top closure and impermeable fabric make it entirely waterproof, so it’s well suited to both commuting and quicker, more casual adventures on foot or bike. The bag itself is formless, so close attention to packing is required, but I was genuinely surprised at how effective the webbing was when toggled taut, and (despite the lack of sternum strap) how solid and effective the shoulder straps and slender waist strap could be at keeping everything from feeling too ungainly – even when in motion. Comfort levels are relatively spartan, and not what you’d need for heavy loads or long trips, but neither is the capacity either – and my scales have it at an equally spare 234g.
VERDICT: An appealing cheap back-up or casual use ultralight pack that just so happens to be waterproof.
BEST FOR: Budget general use.
Review by Dan Aspel @