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Group Test Mountain packs around 40 litres

For year-round climbing, mountaineering, hillwalking and even overnight backpacking, packs around the 40 litre mark are a versatile do-it-all size. Here we put ten of the best mountain all-rounders through their paces.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Montane Azote 32 pack

Dan Bailey tries a new hillwalking daypack from Montane. His feelings? It's a love/hate thing. Well at least it didn't leave him indifferent.  

Montane Running Packs: Gecko VP5+, Gecko VP20+ and Gecko Ultra V+

Rob Greenwood puts three new running packs from Montane through their paces, while training for - and successfully completing - a Bob Graham Round.

Trekmates Drypack RS 30L

This is a simple, lightweight and well designed roll-top rucksack, says Toby Archer. Aside from its reasonable price tag, the chief selling point is that it is waterproof, saving you using drybags or a liner, and making it particularly suitable for wet pursuits...

Lowe Alpine Halcyon 35-40 Pack

Whether you're winter or alpine climbing, hillwalking or out on a minimalist backpacking trip, the Halcyon is a tough and...

Mammut Trion Spine 50 Pack

It may be heavy, but the Trion Spine's combination of durability and carrying comfort has a lot going for it, says Dan Bailey, and...

Lowe Alpine Misfit 27 Pack

The smallest of the three models in Lowe Alpine's Rock Range, the Misfit might be primarily aimed at boulderers, but its sturdy...

Mountain Equipment Orcus 24+ Pack

This is a great little technical pack, says Dan Bailey, with a nice close fit for climbing, a robust feel, and a functional...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

The North Face Advanced Mountain Kit range at Ellis Brigham

Introducing Advanced Mountain Kit. The most sophisticated alpine climbing system The North Face has ever created. A specialist series, AMK incorporates apparel, accessories, and equipment. Collaborating with elite athletes, designers, a...

Lowe Alpine's Rucksack Revolution: The All-New Rock Range

From the pack brand born of one of the world's greatest climbing families, Lowe Alpine is proud to announce the release of an all new Rock range to their SS20 collection, designed by climbers, for climbers.

Halcyon Pack

Whether you're scaling glaciers or projecting a summer rock route, the Halcyon 35:40 alpine mountaineering pack has everything you need for a day moving in the mountains.

Deuter Pack DEALS at The Climbers Shop/Joe Browns

Save up to 20% on various models of Deuter packs. From climbing to hill walking, backpacking and cycling,...

Let Berghaus Panamax and Trailhead rucksacks take the load

For summer 2019, Berghaus has introduced a new generation of large capacity load carrying...

Mammut Trion and Trea Spine 35 Packs

The Trion Spine 35 will take even difficult ascents in its stride. Thanks to a suspension system featuring the Active...

Osprey Rook & Renn

With a simple, progressive design, the Rook and women's specific fit Renn are built for backpacking comfort and fit.


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