This rucksack to me seems like a monster, a huge 70 litres! Of course, this is exactly what you need for the DofE to pack everything in. It’s designed around two alloy bars and a back system which seemed complex at first but is designed to be adjusted with one hand whilst you’ve got the rucksack on… thereby allowing you to alter the length to comfortable fit, depending on your height, the weight of the bag. Once adjusted properly, the pack felt well-balanced and not too weighty on the shoulders. The shoulder straps are well padded – which does help – as does the substantial hipbelt. The latter has a zipped pocket big enough for a smartphone. The main compartment is cavernous and has an expandable gaiter for even more storage. The lid itself has two zipped pockets – one above and inside. An inner sleeve provides compatibility with a hydration system. If not, two fabric side pockets are perfect for water bottles and there’s a pocket at the front too – the design of which does make it easily forgotten about. The raincover is stored away in a pocket at the bottom of the pack and walking poles can be attached too.
►Verdict: A cavernous, comfy pack which swallows everything you need.
►Best for: Multi-day wild camping expeditions.
Review by DofE participant Alannah White