Walks And Walking – How To Choose A Rucksack For Your Walking Routes

Walks And WalkingHow To Choose A Rucksack For Your Walking Routes

A rucksack is an essential for any day trip so it is worth investing some time in choosing the right piece of kit for your walking, hiking or trekking adventures. I don’t do any camping so this is a guide to daysacks and rucksacks, what you should look out for and how much you should spend for any typical walking routes. I had bought a cheap rucksack before but it fell apart quite quickly so ever since then I have spent more wisely and both my rucksack and my daysack have lasted the distance.

Walks And Walking Rucksacks - My Berghaus and Bear Grylls Rucksacks

Walks And Walking Rucksacks - My Berghaus and Bear Grylls Rucksacks

The Daypack – Osprey Hornet 24

For a days light walking I normally stick to my 20 litre Berghaus that I have had for a couple of years now. It has just enough storage to fit in a litre bottle of water, my bag of walking essentials (Plasters, zinc oxide tape, tissues, torch, hand sanitiser etc), spare waterproof jacket, sandwich box, map, camera, extra socks and walking poles if I need them.

Generally speaking your daysack should be fairly minimalist with a super-lightweight construction and features, something like this new Osprey Hornet 24 litre backpack is a good all-rounder I recently found from Cotswold Outdoor costing about £40.

Walks And Walking Rucksack Guide Osprey Hornet 24 Daysack

Walks And Walking Rucksack Guide Osprey Hornet 24 Daysack

Here are the listed product features:

Bio-Stretch harness & hip belt with ErgoPull hip belt closure
Panel loader with zipped access
Hydration compatible
Ultralight 7 mm webbing side compression
Side mesh pockets with compression
Stretch mesh pocket with over-skirt compression strap
Zipped hip belt pockets
Reflective detailing to front pocket
Cord tie-off points
Weight: 0.54 kg


The Daypack – Berghaus Remote 20

This is the daysack that is closest to the Berghaus one I have and is an all-purpose 20 litre capacity pack that is packed full of features to maximise comfort, fit and practicality. It includes the Berghaus Active-Link; a flexible take-off point on the shoulder straps which ensures an improved and more customised fit and a good buy at only £40.

Walks And Walking Rucksacks Berghaus Remote 20

Walks And Walking Rucksacks Berghaus Remote 20

Here are the product features

Flow backsystem with vented foam for improved comforts
Detachable waist belts
Height adjustable chest straps
Hydration system compatible
Bottle pocket
Zipped front pockets
Padded laptop sleeve
Internal organiser
Pocket on shoulder strap
Reflective detail for visibility and safety
Side compression straps
Front bungee straps
Walking pole attachment
LED attachment point
Weight 530g
Measurement 47cm(H) x 34cm(W) x 22cm(D)


The Rucksack – Berghaus Torridon 65

I’ve got a Bear Grylls rucksack for longer day walks in tougher conditions as it holds much more kit but without being too big. Same gear as I normally take on a day trip but with extra room for layers, jumpers, waterproofs etc. As with the Berghaus 20 litre they are no longer on sale after checking the Bear Grylls and Craghoppers websites.

I found the Torridon 65 from Berghaus whilst on the Cotswold Outdoor site and it looks like a good robust rucksack. As with my Bear Grylls it’s a 65 litre backpack that delivers solid backpacking performance whilst remaining pretty good value for money at about £80.

The Torridon rucksack features an A Trek backsystem which allows you to adjust the fit of the pack via an intuitive ladder locking system to easily adjust the back length of the pack.

Walks And Walking Rucksacks Berghaus Torridon 65

Walks And Walking Rucksacks Berghaus Torridon 65

Here are the product features

Esdura 600D fabric
A-Trek adjustable back system
Height adjustable, removable chest strap
Top tension straps
Base compartment with bivi divider
Hydration system compatible
Top lid pocket; wand/bottle pockets; fixed side pockets
Base compression straps
Attachment points on lid
Drawcord bivi closure
Walking pole attachment
Capacity: 65 litres
Weight: 1.8kg
Dimensions: 77cm (H) x 42cm (W) x 28cm (D)


The Rucksack – Berghaus Vulcan

When I was looking at all the latest rucksacks I didn’t think I would be featuring so mainly Berghaus but they seem particularly good when it comes to rucksacks. I really like wearing The North Face walking clothes and walking boots but am not that keen on their rucksacks. I found this mega rucksack on the Cotswold Outdoor site and had to list it as it is almost “the ultimate rucksack”. This rucksack is so hard you could probably take it off and it would walk itself!

Favoured by military personnel, the Vulcan has an enormous 100 litre all up capacity which makes it ideal for long distance path walkers at a tasty £180.

Walks And Walking Rucksacks Berghaus Vulcan

Walks And Walking Rucksacks Berghaus Vulcan

Here are the product features

Aluminium alloy frame
Side pockets detach to form a separate day sack
Six accessory patches
Front/rear haul loops
Capacity 80+20 litres
Back System Cyclops II
Weight 2.9kg

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12 responses to “Walks And Walking – How To Choose A Rucksack For Your Walking Routes”

  1. Amanda says:

    Quite right – cheap rucksacks are a waste of money. That goes for cheap anything really. Just one thing we would suggest checking for if you’re a merino wearer (whether ours or anyone else’s) – some rucksack straps can really abrade merino fabric. Deuter packs are particularly bad for this, as are Pacsafe straps.

    I now use an Aarn pack, which I love and for years I used a Tiso which has taken some very heavy wear. Both these have minimal compartments – Just one big one and a couple of small side pockets. I find this the most useful and versatile arrangement of space, especially as I use my pack as cabin luggage (I don’t take hold luggage) when heading over to New Zealand for a six-week trip.

  2. Thanks for the comments and the very useful tips!

  3. lorenzo says:

    Hi, I really would like to buy the: Bear Grylls Rucksacks; where I can find it?

    Thank you so much

  4. I have just checked several websites and it doesn’t look like they are still for sale. You may want to check ebay and Amazon? Good luck!

  5. Aaron says:

    Would you be interested in selling your bear grylls bag? I have a green one but it’s starting to come to the end of it’s days, i know they’re hard to come by, and idea of a trade or cash price?

    If so, you can contact me on squirtchy@gmail.com or @squirtchy on twitter 🙂

  6. Part with my sacred Bear Grylls rucksack? Just tweeted you a reply!

  7. Jack says:

    Hi would you be intrested in selling your bear grylls backpack

    You can contact me at jackmctavish@hotmail.co.uk

  8. Hi Jack, I have just emailed you a reply. Thanks, David.

  9. E B says:

    Hi there 🙂 Do you still have the BearPac 25+? Please email me.
    Thank you.

  10. Hi, I have just sent you a reply. It’s not for sale but I will listen to offers because I know how rare it is.

  11. Morgen says:

    Hi david,

    please email me a price for the bear grylls backpack. if it is still around.



  12. I sold this item a while ago. Kind regards, David.

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