The Grand Tour is the roomiest pack tested…
This is also one of the lightest, with the best volume to weight ratio of all the packs bar the ultralight Hanchor Marble. Unlike the Marble it will handle 20+kg loads comfortably.
The back system consists of an internal ﬂ exible frame, an hourglass shaped ribbed foam back pad and a wide, shaped, stiffened hipbelt. The frame transfers the weight to the hipbelt well. The soft fabric that comes into contact with the wearer is non-abrasive and so won’t damage clothing. The back system isn’t adjustable but two back lengths are available. The pack is made from a lighter fabric than most of those tested but it is still robust and should last well.
Access to the contents is excellent with a lower compartment and a long zip down the side of the main compartment. The pockets are roomy, especially the two zipped mesh ones, which will hold a wet ﬂ ysheet or waterproofs. (It’s a personal choice but I’d still prefer one big front pocket).
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Reviewed in October 2015 issue
Pros: Volume, hipbelt, pockets, price
- Price: £150
- Weight: 1.77kg
- Capacity: 70L
- Materials: Raptor Zero 100D Robic nylon micro ﬁ lament
- Closures: lid with single buckle, side zip, lower compartment zip
- Compartments: Two
- Back: adjustable, framesheet with central frame bar
- Back lengths: Two
- Hipbelt: pre-curved, stiffened, padded
- Pockets: external & internal lid, 2 large stretch mesh front, 2 stretch side, 2 stretch hipbelt, internal hydration
- Features: side & base straps, two trekking pole loops, water bottle
- Volume to weight ratio: 20