New for 2015 the Arc'teryx Velaro 35 is a single main compartment daypack with a single, large, pocket on the front. Weather resistant and durable it's designed for day use but has the capacity to swallow up a full weekend's lightweight kit.
The Berghaus Arete 35 is a real mixed bag, sporting the design of a climbing pack and ice axe loops with a back system more suited for less srenous and extended activities. As a hillwaking or trekking pack it's stylish, affordable and very capable. As a scrambling pack it's got all the features you need but for heavier loads and full-on mountaineering it lacks thea fully specced support system a more dedicated and expensive pack offers. With the build quality and looks of a more technical pack, and even a few of the features, there's a tendancy to over expect from the Arete 35 but bear the price in mind and the limitations that price requires and this is a real value for money pack for UK hillwalkers who like the odd day scrambling or a winter day trip in Scotland.
Surprisingly spacious for its 26 litre capacity and with a beautifully functional volume adjustment system that helps keep loads stable. The Mountain Hardwear Fluid 26 is one of the most organised daysacks around with its multiple compartments and pockets. With it's great looks, stability and volume adjustment it's already becoming one of our favourites.
Real World Test
You'd think that reviewing a simple daysack would be pretty easy, after all there's not really that much to a sub 30 litre pack that you can vary, but testing the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 26 as the first in our daypack group test changed that perception.
Osprey's legendary multi-discipline Talon 22 has had a bit of a tweal for 2017, building on the reputation of one of the most versatile small capacity packs on the market.
When embarking on long-distance travel, long days carrying heavy loads and baggage restrictions mean every gram counts.The Osprey Eja is the perfect ultralight overnight and thru-hike bag to get you to the next destination in comfort yet with minimal weight gain.
First impressions are important but when you're spending around £100 on a 38 litre pack you want to know how it feel 6 months, or a year, later. We gave Bryn the job of putting the Osprey Mutant through a long term test and review to see how it holds up to prolonged use.
The latest addition to the Osprey's women's specific fit range, the Tempest series is available in capacities from 20 to 40 litre. The range shares all of the same lightweight and high performance features of the ever popular Talon series but with a harness, hip belt and specific torso sizes designed to fit a woman's body.
There has been speculation that we at My Outdoors can be ‘elitist’ when it comes to our gear reviews. This is not strictly true, the reviews we publish are from a variety of brands that produce gear of very high quality. However, we can only review gear that is made available for us. That said there are a lot of outdoor gear manufacturers producing gear that is affordable and of considerable quality. It is our goal at My Outdoors to bring our readers a sample from all of the brands available to us as outdoors goers.