ALPKIT IBEX £129

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp -

Ac­cord­ing to the rose-tinted, spec­ta­cle wear­ing doom-mon­gers, “we don’t make any­thing in this coun­try any­more.” Well, this here ruck­sack is made in Not­ting­ham, right here in Blighty. Of course, that only re­ally mat­ters if the end re­sult is any good… which it is. The Ibex is an un­com­pli­cated but adapt­able 50+10 litre pack that can be used as is for gen­eral trekking, or – if you re­ally want to strip it back – the bungee cords, com­pres­sion straps, waist belt, back stiff­ener, ice axe loops and even the float­ing lid can be re­moved, tak­ing the pack weight down from a per­fectly ac­cept­able 1450g (bear in mind the pack’s con­structed from a mix of bombproof Cor­dura and sail cloth fab­ric) to a svelte 795g. The Ibex is avail­able in two back lengths and, on top of ev­ery­thing else, comes equipped with Alpkit’s 25-year ‘Alpine Bond’ guar­an­tee.

WE SAY UK made, tough as old boots, and re­ally rather good. www.alpkit.com

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