Top positive review
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 October 2017
Just to say, I have used a backpack all my adult life, and in my younger years went through 2 of the old Karrimor packs travelling.
This Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack I got for regular day-to-day use carrying a light to mid load. It is very suitable for this purpose. For the price, you can’t complain about anything. It is relatively well made and thought out, with good zippers and various practical straps for carrying gear. The fabric is rip-stop nylon. It has a rain cover, which I wasn’t expecting as it wasn’t advertised as having one. It is situated at the base in its dedicated compartment to which it is fastened with a D-strap, which makes it easy to get out and cover the pack. It is one of the nice touches to this pack.
Previous packs I have always tried out and bought from a shop, but I was prepared to buy online in this instance. As it happens, at 6’ 3” the pack only just fits me.
The RRP, if it’s genuine, seems steep, and I wouldn’t have paid that. One of the main reasons I chose this pack was it suited my needs and looked a bargain.
The pack is roomy and expandable enough to house a reasonable number of items, but is not too big. The straps at the bottom are very helpful for fastening say a sleeping bag or a raincoat. It has a flexible structure. I took it packed with a few essentials into the cabin on a recent Easyjet flight with no problem. I wouldn’t recommend trying it though with the pack full.
I would be happy to use this pack for light hiking and trips, but not for travelling. For that I would invest in something more appropriate and substantial. The Mountaintop, for example, has a basic belt fastening, but for travelling and carrying a heavier load you need a proper belt system that takes weight off the shoulders.