Just wondered if anyone could suggest a good rucksack for SOTA use.
I currently use a Regatta Survivor 35 litre, which was cheap and has been very good I suppose as it is still in good condition and has carried my heavy SOTA gear up summits for the last four years.
As I am getting more seriously interested in mountain walking I’m upgrading my gear. The problem with my current pack is that the hip belt is just simple webbing with no padding. It is quite honestly useless, all the hip belt does is hold the pack around the waist. I’d prefer a padded hipbelt which transfers a bit of the weight of the pack on the hips to remove some weight from the shoulders. This brings me onto the shoulder straps, these are only adjustable from the bottom and they cut into my arms as they have miserly padding.
The actual storage in the pack is brilliant, it has wand pockets on both sides and compression straps, which serve very well to secure the rucksack special and SOTABeam / Pole.
I’m looking for something similar in size to my Regatta pack, with similar storage, but with better hip belt and shoulder straps. Hydration compatability would be a bonus. Packs I have looked at are Osprey Talon 33, Osprey Mutant 38 and Lowe Alpine Crag Attack 40. Does anyone have these packs? Any comments?