This bag is designed in a way that all its sections don’t feel very big or even fit the items you need comfortably. It weighs 1.5kg which is reasonable for a standard rucksack of this size. The main compartment feels narrow for a 50l rucksack, and the thick fabric doesn’t have any stretch to help with stuffing in items. The lid is fully attached and tapered to the top of the bag which meant if the main compartment was full, I struggled to get items in or out of it. There is a separate compartment below the main section accessed by a front zip, which helps you to organise your kit but the zip didn’t glide very well thanks to the baffle. There are mesh pockets on outside but they were very tight and getting a rigid water bottle inside was very tricky if the main compartment was full. These mesh pockets were good for poles though which can be stowed in them using the strap for security. Finally, the pockets on the hip belt were big enough to accommodate a camera, smart phone or snacks which is great for easy access when you are on the move.
▶ Verdict: All the basic elements were present, but the fabric and shape meant it was less than practical.
▶ Best for: Short trips with minimal kit.
Review by Jen Roberts @jenroberts70