This 20 litre pack was neither purchased or given to me, but was won by me in a raffle in support of the Kinder Mountain Rescue Team at the Monsal Social Meet back in August and kindly donated by Terra Nova – thanks to them !
I have used this pack on several day trips including my trip to Stanage Edge & Bamford Moor .
These are just my initial thoughts, but it has been used and this is not a “just out of the box” review.
Weight 328g manufacturer stated weight (320g or 11oz as weighed by me).
Pockets – 2 x hip with water resistant zips, 4 x mesh and 1 accessory pocket with water resistant zip
Adjustable chest strap with whistle.
Full length water resistant zip(front of pack)
Hydration pocket inside pack
Compression straps on front of pack
This is a well made and designed pack and the weight is excellent at 320g (11oz). It looks if the pack is made from a light weight silnylon and is available in black ( the version I have) as well as florescent yellow and black.
How the pack performs
For such as light weight it has so many features as detailed above. The zipped pockets and the front zip are water resistant, but I always use a Podsac dry bag with the pack, as I don’t believe that this type of zip will keep out heavy rain.
The pack is extremely comfortable to wear and I have added further comfort by slipping my over- trousers into the hydration pocket providing extra padding in the back area. To save weight there is little or no padding on the shoulder straps, but so far with the weights I carry, this is not an issue for me.
The two pockets which are used for water bottles will take a ordinary 500ml spring water bottle as well as the larger and more bulky 750ml Travel Tap bottle and are positioned far enough forward to access the bottles on the move without dislocating your shoulders !
Initially, I thought the zipped hip pockets would be too small to be useful. I was able however to get a compass, two snack bars and set of spare batteries easily in one of the pockets.
The mesh pockets are ideal for slipping in pieces of clothing such as the Montane Lite Speed wind shirt, gloves and a lightweight waterproof jacket. There is a zipped “solid” pocket, handy for keys, mobile phone and other similar valuables.
I like the full front zip, as it is easy to find stuff throughout the pack compared to a top loading one.
I am not sure that I would try and use this for a fast and light overnight as I think my gear would be rather crammed in and probably uncomfortable, if I could actually fit it all in. I think I would go for the bigger brother the 35 litre pack which weighs another 150g (5oz).
The pack sits high on me, higher than it would normally with day packs I have used in past. This I feel creates a comfortable wear and I hardly notice the pack most of the time.
I was able to adapt my OMM Trio pouch to fit on the front and that gave me extra room and easy access to maps, camera and phone.
Whilst I have only used this pack for a few trip,this is a great little pack for day hikes. The low weight and comfort means you hardly notice the pack on your back.
Overall rating : 4.5/5
Price: £60 RRP – can be found for £49.99 on- line
Longest trip so far – 15 km (9.5 miles)
What I like: very low weight,comfort,loads of pockets, front zip & access to water bottles
What I don’t like: Nothing I can think of.
What I would recommend it for: Ideal for 3 seasons day hikes. Could be used for winter day hikes where you were not having to carry gear such as crampons and ice axe.
Fast and light overnights would be possible if you had the right UL gear (need to be pretty minimalist) otherwise I would consider the larger 35L pack for this at an extra 150g (5oz)
I will provide a further review in the future.