I’m in the market for a new backpack to use in the spring/summer when the days are longer and lighter and I’m walking further.  I want something that is going to be hard wearing, hold a lunch box, water, map, first aid kit, waterproof jacket, spare socks, bowl for Roxy’s water/food, food and water for Roxy and my camera – sounds like a lot but if the bag has external pockets then I think everything will fit.  I used to have a 20 liter rucksack that held most of this (minus camera and dog bowl) and it didn’t have external pockets, so I think aiming for a 30 liter rucksack will be ample.  I want something with comfortable, padded straps and a padded back piece, something that is not too heavy when empty or too chunky when full.

So, these are a few that have made it onto my final “Best” backpack list…


I like the compact design of this rucksack, the design of the pockets and that it has a compartment specifically for sunglasses/phone/camera.  It has side mesh pockets which would be perfect for holding my water bottle and other bits and bobs that may be needed more than other items.  I also really like the fact taht the designer has thought about personal safety and included a light attachment which you can clip a blinker light to, not only is this good for people who cycle but it would prove handy when walking in foggy or wet grey conditions as it will improve how visible you are to others.  I also really like the color, it’s bright and bold and will make you/your bag easy to spot in all conditions.

montane yaraWhile this rucksack was designed with climbing and skiing in mind I am really drawn to this rucksack for several reasons – it was designed specifically for women, so the straps and back panel have been shaped with the woman’s body in mind which will make for a comfortable wear.  I like that it has hip straps which mean that the bag will sit right and not move around so much and that these have pockets built in for small items (I could see myself using them for lip balm, a few plasters and my phone).  I also like that the bag has an “ultra tough Raptor UTL on the base” which means that the bag will last for a while -most of the wear from my other bags has been from the base first.  And, lastly, it is water bladder compatible which would save internal space from not needing to carry extra water bottles around.

  • Gröden 30 SL £58.50 (or £65.00 with Go Outdoors discount card)


The first thing that drew me to this rucksack is the look of it, or to be more specific, the pockets and their placement, its not like any other ruksack that I have been looking at.  I love the pocket placement and they look really big too, big enough that I could put my waterproof jacket into which would free up space on the inside of the bag for all my other things!  The bag has a lid pocket which would be perfect for things like my fist aid kit or other “quick grab” items.  It also has a detachable rain cover that covers the whole bag and protects it, and your items from getting wet which is a brilliant idea.  And I really like the honeycomb fabric that is used for padding the straps and back which should stop too much rubbing when you get hot or sweaty.

berghaus arrowI really like the simplicity of the design on this rucksack, it is plain but that doesn’t mean that it is boring.  This rucksack has a lid pocket (which a few others have too and I am really liking this design feature), I like that the side pockets seem to come out from the main bag, rather than being an add on afterthought its like they were designed as part of the whole bag.  I like the toggle clips and the loops at the bottom of the bag, while these were designed for walking poles I could see them being used to attach lights to or other items that may be needed (I could see my dog poop holder being clipped onto one of the loops).  It has a Flow Back system of vented foam which helps to regulate your temperature and helps prevent you getting hot and sweaty.  It is also hydration pack compatible which would reduce the need for me to carry additional, bulky water bottles.






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