Recommend a rucksack

Mrs Slocombe

Old-Salt
I don't want to end up on the Hillwalking Stupidity thread, and therefore I'd like to take more stuff with me.
I just took receipt of Craghoppers' finest Made in China 30L rucksack, but it's way smaller than I imagined. Nice, but has pockets for credit cards and iPad®, so more suited to cycling round Hoxton then tramping up hills.

Anyone got any suggestions?
 
Not BCB's 30 litre, it comes with no hip belt nor chest strap, so wobbles everywhere once any weight is in it, and the curved zips on the outer pouches are an absolute pain to open or close.

Look at 35-40 litres maximum, otherwise you'll pack it full of junk you don't need, and have to carry it all the time.
 

Teeblerone

War Hero
any particular wants&needs?
Deuter are good ...Some osprey are nice, , canbe expensve. I've got a talon that is theroretically brilliant, just doesn't suit me, but another one (dunno model) is great for around town, but terrible for 'the hills'. can be expensive...alpkit can be good - waterproof, cheap, GBR...
I have a lovely Grivel daysack from Needlesports in Keswick (?). Great black diamond climbing/alpine pack that works really well for shopping, bizarrely!
 

Teeblerone

War Hero
If you're walking with it for larger distances or time, nothing really substitutes for trying it on with weights in.
The Osprey talon mentioned above seemed fine until it had weight in it..sat funny on the hips & creaked. Mesh back that appeared to be brilliant.
Meanwhile, the older Lowe Alpine I gave to a mate down on his luck, was heavier, but still going strong 10 years later! (he cycles with it..big fella, so 50L isn't madness)
 

Teeblerone

War Hero
Not BCB's 30 litre, it comes with no hip belt nor chest strap, so wobbles everywhere once any weight is in it, and the curved zips on the outer pouches are an absolute pain to open or close.

Look at 35-40 litres maximum, otherwise you'll pack it full of junk you don't need, and have to carry it all the time.
good point. my (lower) limit has been 35L. BUT! there are a lot of ways of getting to that. external pockets vs lid pockets vs 'organiser pockets & panels' vs simple tube & lid.
'Tube & lid' describe both the grivel & alpkit rucksacks - you can get a surprising amount in when you're not trying to fit it in a pocket or other odd shape
 

cowgoesmoo

Old-Salt
Personal favourites for daysacks are a Karrimor SF Predator 45 and an Ortovox Haute Route, but probably as subjective as the best boots recommendations.
 

Teeblerone

War Hero

If you're willing to risk it, I can probably post you the 40L (?) Talon...it's an older model & production sample maybe, but It's off to a charity shop otherwise, I've decided.
[no charge, charity donation if you want to]
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
KarrimorSF Predator 45 litre, loads of adjustment, good stability on uneven ground (if you've packed & strapped it right!) Zips for 'rocket pockets' if you need the extra capacity - although I tend to use them to carry a jetboil & brewkit on one side and waterproofs on the other just to save having to open the main pack, especially if it starts raining.
Not cheap but good quality, I used to sell them as a sideline and use them myself, the Predator 45 I have is fifteen years old, has a few scuffs and scrapes but no damage to the structure or stitching despite regular use.
 
Personal favourites for daysacks are a Karrimor SF Predator 45
I alternate between one of those and an Osprey Talon (the 33 litre version).

The Karrimor is pretty heavy for its size but bombproof. It's been dragged through brambles, down scree etc. for about 8 years and still looks like new after a wash. It holds enough stuff for a weeks bimbling by myself or everything I need for a weekend plus spare kit for idiots I am with. Also used for the food shopping and will easily fit half a dozen bottles of coke or a crate of beer.

The Osprey is much lighter but feels a bit flimsy. No holes or damage yet but that's probably because I don't subject it to the abuse the other one gets. More of a daysack than an overnight bag.

Edit - what @OneTenner said.
 

Teeblerone

War Hero
KarrimorSF Predator 45 litre, loads of adjustment, good stability on uneven ground (if you've packed & strapped it right!) Zips for 'rocket pockets' if you need the extra capacity - although I tend to use them to carry a jetboil & brewkit on one side and waterproofs on the other just to save having to open the main pack, especially if it starts raining.
Not cheap but good quality, I used to sell them as a sideline and use them myself, the Predator 45 I have is fifteen years old, has a few scuffs and scrapes but no damage to the structure or stitching despite regular use.
Important that it's the SF range, not the high st/sprtsdirect version
 
There’s a nice tan Dutch camelbak doing the rounds, failing that Lowe Alpine have some cool Civvy styles

I had a couple of Lowe Alpines which were very good till they died, the heat of the USA made the inner backing lining peel off the fabric. To be expected at 100F+ in a humid environment, so I am not pointing a finger.

I got them both on eb@y UK 2nd hand, in barely used condition, for less than half of the shop price.
 
I have a 30 l green daysack that I bought in the PRI 22 years ago for £15. I used it for countless exercises, adv trg and other stuff.Last week I used it for a weekend away with family. It is great. It is a small bag that goes on my back.

Does what it says on the tin.
 
My one regret was not swapping the issue Dpm ni pack, for the issue green pack that sat unused in 321s store at Palace. @dingerr will know of it was designed to carry specialist kit
 
Aiguille Alpine for me. Wont go anywhere else. Handmade in the lake district in a small british business. Excellent prices, fantastic quality including triple stitched seams. Excellent customer service, they can advise on usage, size etc. The also can make custom pieces or customise a normal model. Loads of colours and cheaper than the big names. Do yourself a favour and at least look.
 

964ST

War Hero
Sorry cannot find pic! But one of them blue EL camp rucsacs from the 80,s „single chamber with a leather strap to fix the top flap“ absolutely uncomfortable!! But character building! especially when it doubled in weight when wet!
 
I use a Highlander Pro-Force 40L. More than up to the job and affordable. They do a range in various sizes and colours if you don't want MTP.
 
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