walkhighlands

Add reviews of outdoor gear and equipment here... or simply chat about gear and ask for recommendations

Rucksack recommendations

Rucksack recommendations


Postby tambrown » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:57 pm

I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a rucksack. I will be walking munros mainly (winter walking). I currently have a 45l which size wish seems pretty good. I have looked at a Deuter 42 which seems pretty good but any recommendations appreciated.
tambrown
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 27
Munros:20   Corbetts:1
Grahams:1   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:3   
Joined: Jan 27, 2012

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby rockhopper » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:57 am

Started using an Osprey Kestrel 38 earlier this year - in my S/M size it's actually 36l - and really like it. Has all the space, pockets and attachment points I need and is comfortable - cheers :)
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 7026
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:81   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:15   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: Jun 1, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby lochlaggan » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:29 am

I have a slightly older version of this rucksack and its been great for winter walking.

http://www.millets.co.uk/product/105848.html?gclid=CKbIisTlkbMCFSbMtAodzTEA2g

This looks a great deal to boot!
lochlaggan
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 158
Munros:280   Corbetts:209
Grahams:4   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:8   
Joined: Jul 2, 2011

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby SMRussell » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:23 pm

rockhopper wrote:Started using an Osprey Kestrel 38 earlier this year - in my S/M size it's actually 36l - and really like it. Has all the space, pockets and attachment points I need and is comfortable - cheers :)


Hey rockhopper - how do you find the raincover on the Kestrel? I'm pondering replacing my Gelert 35l. Its a great bag in many ways especially as I paid £30 for it (excellent raincover, very breathable back system etc.) but alas the fit could be better.

I like the fit and extra pockets etc. of Ospreys and tried the Kestrel on a few times now - fits a treat, seriously feels like it was moulded for my back. However RTMcB has an Osprey (not a Kestrel though) and the raincover is pretty duff on RTMcBs model. Main problem is that it isn't integrated and it has tried to make a break for it several times during strong winds...
User avatar
SMRussell
 
Posts: 529
Munros:164   Corbetts:16
Grahams:11   Donalds:24
Sub 2000:20   Hewitts:110
Wainwrights:87   Islands:9
Joined: Aug 8, 2011
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby tenohfive » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:54 pm

I got a Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 35+10 following a thread on here - that works well for me.Comfortable, easy to adjust and a few nice touches to the design.
tenohfive
 
Posts: 780
Munros:2   
Hewitts:40
Wainwrights:44   
Joined: Apr 23, 2012

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby rockhopper » Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:46 pm

SMRussell wrote:
rockhopper wrote:Started using an Osprey Kestrel 38 earlier this year - in my S/M size it's actually 36l - and really like it. Has all the space, pockets and attachment points I need and is comfortable - cheers :)

Hey rockhopper - how do you find the raincover on the Kestrel? I'm pondering replacing my Gelert 35l. Its a great bag in many ways especially as I paid £30 for it (excellent raincover, very breathable back system etc.) but alas the fit could be better.
I like the fit and extra pockets etc. of Ospreys and tried the Kestrel on a few times now - fits a treat, seriously feels like it was moulded for my back. However RTMcB has an Osprey (not a Kestrel though) and the raincover is pretty duff on RTMcBs model. Main problem is that it isn't integrated and it has tried to make a break for it several times during strong winds...
The kestrel raincover is attached to the bag so I wouldn't think it would blow away. I have a habit of not using raincovers as I use a Pod dry bag rucksack liner which is waterproof - I tend to carry my walking poles most of the time when on day only walks and don't use them much and this prohibits using the raincover. However, I have used it once and it did seem to keep most of the rain off with water only getting in round the edges - cheers :)
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 7026
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:81   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:15   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: Jun 1, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby mrssanta » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:22 pm

I would recoemmend going to a shop and trying some on for fit, with a bit of weight in them.
User avatar
mrssanta
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 3095
Munros:265   Corbetts:11
Grahams:3   
Sub 2000:9   Hewitts:43
Wainwrights:40   Islands:8
Joined: Jul 18, 2011
Location: north yorkshire moors

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby Rudolph » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:09 am

Best bargain out at the moment is the Go Outdoors own brand (The North Ridge) ballistic 45 or 35. just under £30 but only available now reserve aand collect at a few stores in England.

I got the 45 sometime ago for much more and it's a terrific but simple sack. designed for climbing its a close fit but i found it very comfortable for long day hikes in the cuillin.

I guess they didn't sell well enough and so have been discontinued.
User avatar
Rudolph
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 439
Munros:265   
Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:1   
Joined: May 14, 2012

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby stevesey » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:30 pm

Impressed with my Deuter Futura 26 - had difficulty finding smaller daypacks with all the features - the 26 (and 32) has:

Split top/bottom main compartment (that can be joined)
Inner and outer lid pockets
Zipped side pockets
Elasticated stuff side pockets
Map pocket
Waist belt pocket
Pole straps one side, ice axe the other (26L pack for winter use?)
Hydration pocket etc

Easily copes with everything I need in these more southerly regions (with room to spare).
stevesey
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 398
Munros:1   
Hewitts:122
Wainwrights:214   
Joined: Mar 9, 2012

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby Eskimo » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:00 pm

lochlaggan wrote:I have a slightly older version of this rucksack and its been great for winter walking.

http://www.millets.co.uk/product/105848.html?gclid=CKbIisTlkbMCFSbMtAodzTEA2g

This looks a great deal to boot!


Do you not find that is huge for a days walking, winter walks included? I have this bag but only use it for over night trips. Over kill for a days walk IMO.
Eskimo
 
Posts: 259
Munros:112   Corbetts:1
Grahams:1   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:13   
Joined: Jan 16, 2011

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby Play2End » Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:00 pm

Tam, I have a Deuter and I got it specifically for the winter routes. It does have loops for an ice axe and walking poles but no netting for having crampons on the outside. A major benfit for me though is the one buckle opening and a large buckle for the waist band, making it easy to open with mitts on. Choice of colours was poor and no thumb grips on the shoulder straps!
User avatar
Play2End
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 72
Munros:282   Corbetts:86
Grahams:70   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:183   Hewitts:14
Wainwrights:16   Islands:32
Joined: Jul 18, 2012
Location: Glenrothes

Re: Rucksack recommendations

Postby rockhopper » Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:23 pm

Play2End wrote:...but no netting for having crampons on the outside.
I tend to carry mine attached by straps through the lugs on the top of the rucksack - problem was that earlier in the year on a hillwalk they worked loose and rubbed a couple of holes through my last daysack which I replaced with the kestrel - have now got a set of the 12 point Crampon Protectors - black rubber covers which fit over all the crampon points while carrying them.
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 7026
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:81   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:15   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: Jun 1, 2009
Location: Glasgow




Walkhighlands community forum is advert free


Your generosity keeps this site running.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?



Return to Gear and Equipment talk

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests