The 30-litre capacity and the 1110g weight rating put the Roc Spirit at the bigger end of the daypack market, and its features direct it towards the more technical part of the stable too. Aimed at rock climbers and mountaineers, you’ve got all the features here you’d expect for neatly stowing a pair of axes, clipping and carrying a rope on top of the bag, compressing the contents and even using a hydration system. The tall and slim shape is nicely minimalist, as is the lack of hip pockets – you can easily strip out the hip belt entirely if it obscures your harness. In fact, that versatility is key to the sack’s appeal, as you can remove the aluminium stay and/or back pad from the bag – again, very easily – and remove the inner/outer-pocketed lid completely (and then clip it onto your harness as a handy pouch if you wish). The shoulder straps and fabrics aren’t built for honey-coated comfort, but they do the job well enough and the 210-600 denier thickness of the polyester/polyamide used is extremely robust and impressive for the weight.
VERDICT: A logical, clean and tough-built climbing sack. Very easy to recommend.
BEST FOR: Mountaineers.
Review by Dan Aspel @