Rucksacks

When choosing a rucksack you need to first answer a few questions which will help you to select the best pack for your needs. Firstly, what capacity or volume pack do you need? For anything... read more

When choosing a rucksack you need to first answer a few questions which will help you to select the best pack for your needs. Firstly, what capacity or volume pack do you need? For anything under 40 litres take a look at our daypack department but anything over 40 litres is a rucksack proper and you can browse our range here.
After you have worked out how much space you'll need think about how long you will be away for and wearing the pack for. Are you going for a week or more or, are you going for a few days? Will you be camping or is the pack for other kit? Are you looking for comfort or are you more interested in saving weight and going ultralight?

Choosing the right capacity is very important. You don't want to have to lug a half empty backpack with you but remember, the larger the rucksack then more it will weigh empty and therefore the more weight will be on your back. We suggest for a 2 night trip look at the 50 to 60 litre packs and for anything up to 5 days look for an 80 litre pack. If you're away for longer than a week then look for something that's 80 litres and upwards. Bear in mind that if you're hiking in the winter you are more likely to take more kit and heavier clothing which will bulk out your rucksack.

If you're camping on your trip then look for a rucksack with a dedicated tent or bivy compartment. These are usually found on the base of your rucksack.

All of our rucksacks are top loading backpacks so you gain access from the top. This allows for easy stuffing into the bag and offers plenty of room. Rucksacks over 40 litres will include side compression straps. These can be tightened and compress the pack so that it doesn't overbalance you and cause problems walking! To help with this always pack heaviest items at the bottom of your rucksack. Look out for rucksacks that have extra access panels on the side or base so that you don't need to empty contents out of the top to get to something lower down. This is a great feature if you're carrying a lot of kit or if it's raining.

While we're on the subject of rain look out for a rucksack that is listed with a raincover. No rucksack is waterproof, unless you specifically find a dry bag style pack. Our range of rucksacks are water resistant and some come with a roll away cover to protect kit inside.

When you're browsing our range of rucksacks from The North Face, Berghaus and Gregory you'll see that they are quality packs with all the bells and whistles but look out for elastic mesh side pockets for stashing bottles on the move, bungee cord fronts for storing waterproofs or a climbing helmet and hydration sleeves for keeping a bladder.

Other extras are more important though such as an adjustable back system. Back systems are back panels that might be well ventilated or sit further away from the back for comfort. When a back system is adjustable it allows for the shoulder harness to be lengthened or shortened for a better fit. These can add extra weight to a rucksack but are great for if you are in between lengths on a fixed backpack.
Stabiliser straps can be found on a hipbelt and connect the belt to the base of the rucksack. They will improve balance when worn snuggly. You can find a similar system on the Berghaus Bioflex rucksacks.
Most rucksacks now offer a sternum or chest strap as standard which fits across the chest and connect to shoulder staps to boost stability which is great for hikes on uneven terrain.

Finally lets look at weight saving rucksacks. These ultralight rucksacks are stripped down packs with a thinner denier material that will reduce weight on your back. Ultralight backpacking takes some dedication; you won't get adjustable back systems or padded belts but if you're dedicated to trekking ultralight then you'll be light on your feet and walk that little bit faster for longer.

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Osprey

Farpoint 40 Travel Bag - Volcanic Grey
£90.00 Regular price RRP £100.00

Berghaus

Womens Ridgeway 60 Plus 10 Rucksack - Tropical Midnight
£90.00 Regular price RRP £130.00

The North Face

Womens Terra 55 Rucksack - Patriot Blue
£98.95 Regular price RRP £110.00

The North Face

Terra 65 Rucksack - TNF Black Asphalt Grey
£111.00 Regular price RRP £130.00

Berghaus

Freeflow 40 Rucksack
£77.95 Regular price RRP £110.00

Gregory

Stout 65 Rucksack
£121.50 Regular price RRP £135.00

Gregory

Womens Amber 60 Rucksack
£121.50 Regular price RRP £135.00

Osprey

Aether AG 70 Rucksack - Neptune Blue
£180.00 Regular price RRP £200.00

Berghaus

Womens Wilderness 60 Plus 15 Rucksack - Evening Blue Dark Cerise
£108.95 Regular price RRP £145.00

Gregory

Baltoro 65 Rucksack - Shadow Black
£184.50 Regular price RRP £205.00

Gregory

Baltoro 75 Rucksack - Navy
£193.50 Regular price RRP £215.00

Montane

Ultra Tour 40 Rucksack - Electric Blue
£85.50 Regular price RRP £95.00

Osprey

Womens Aura AG 50 Rucksack - Silver Streak
£153.00 Regular price RRP £170.00

Berghaus

Trailhead 65 Rucksack
£79.95 Regular price RRP £115.00

Gregory

Paragon 68 Rucksack - Sunset Grey
£157.50 Regular price RRP £175.00

Gregory

Womens Maven 65 Rucksack - Forest Grey
£157.50 Regular price RRP £175.00

Gregory

Paragon 58 Rucksack - Sunset Grey
£144.00 Regular price RRP £160.00

Osprey

Farpoint 70 Travel Bag - Volcanic Grey
£126.00 Regular price RRP £140.00

Berghaus

Ridgeway 65 Plus 10 Rucksack
£97.00 Regular price RRP £130.00

The North Face

Terra 65 Rucksack - Falcon Brown
£111.00 Regular price RRP £130.00

Berghaus

Womens Trailhead 60 Rucksack
£79.95 Regular price RRP £115.00

Gregory

Stout 45 Rucksack
£103.50 Regular price RRP £115.00

Osprey

Aether AG 70 Rucksack - Adirondack Green
£180.00 Regular price RRP £200.00

Osprey

Womens Ariel AG 65 Rucksack - Tidal Blue
£180.00 Regular price RRP £200.00

Berghaus

Wilderness 65 Plus 15 Rucksack
£111.50 Regular price RRP £145.00

Gregory

Womens Deva 60 Rucksack - Egyptian Blue
£184.50 Regular price RRP £205.00

Osprey

Kestrel 68 Rucksack - Ash Grey
£144.00 Regular price RRP £160.00

Osprey

Atmos AG 50 Rucksack - Absinthe Green
£153.00 Regular price RRP £170.00

Vango

Freedom 60 Plus 20 Backpack
£66.50 Regular price RRP £95.00

Osprey

Womens Fairview 70 Travel Bag - Rainforest Green
Regular price £140.00
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