High­lander Ben Nevis 65

Trail (UK) - - Gear - www.high­lander-out­door.com

+ price; av­er­age weight; two side zipped pock­ets; ad­justable back length; large ca­pac­ity

the float­ing lid de­sign is not ideal – This pack has all the fea­tures of a clas­sic Bri­tish back­pack­ing sack. So you get 65 litres in a two-com­part­ment de­sign with top and base ac­cess. But you also get a float­ing lid; side com­pres­sion straps with quick-re­lease buck­les; wand pock­ets; zipped side pock­ets and a front stretch stash pocket. All that for 2015g makes this a very at­trac­tive op­tion at first glance. 4/5

This comes in a uni­sex de­sign with no real back siz­ing op­tions – other than the abil­ity to ad­just the back length by rais­ing the shoul­der straps along ver­ti­cal al­loy bars. Nor­mally there are op­tions to rethread the top ten­sion­ing straps, but not here. On me, the fit was okay, but it's un­likely to work for ev­ery­one. 4/5

Lots of soft pad­ding and rea­son­able air­flow are ap­peal­ing, but the back sys­tem is less sup­port­ive than higher-priced packs. It's com­fort­able enough, but not as stable or well-fit­ting as the best packs. For gen­eral users this is com­fort­able enough and it's not too heavy. But for big­ger loads and more regular trips you'd want more com­fort. 4/5

The gen­eral lay­out of pack­ing op­tions is great, but there is one nig­gle. The float­ing lid does not have an at­tach­ment point in the cen­tre, and no baf­fle con­nect­ing it to the body, so wa­ter can creep un­der it. But you do get a good draw­cord clo­sure to the main com­part­ment. The pock­ets are great and the side com­pres­sion straps are ideal for stash­ing tent poles or trekking poles when you're on the move. 4/5

The price is ex­cel­lent for what you get – a few mi­nor nig­gles, but fine for ba­sic us­age. 5/5

Higher-priced sacks are def­i­nitely bet­ter for regular use, but if you are on a tight bud­get this is an ex­cel­lent op­tion. 4.2/5

/ 2015g £115 m

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