Tested by: Nick Hallissey, Deputy Editor
I’ve been yomping about with the £90 Helium for the past three months and I love it. It’s unusual for a lower-capacity pack to have a lid rather than a zip, but it’s no real bother and the lid holds a simply massive amount of stuff: compass, whistle, first aid kit, pen-knife and dry-bags. The AirComfort Flexlite back-system circulates air beautifully. There are cheaper options even within Deuter’s own range, like the £75 AC Lite, but the Helium holds a bit more in the lid and the back- system uses less padding, so it’s airier on the go.