Walks And Walking – Product Test Eagle Creek Rincon 90L Travel Pack
We decided to go up to Foxburrows Farm today as the Diamond Jubilee weather had finally stopped raining, and they were offering Donkey rides which we thought would be great fun for Tedi. Whilst there I then nipped off to test out my new travel pack rucksack on a 9 mile walk in Epping Forest.
I was very lucky to receive a Rincon 90L Travel Pack from Eagle Creek, not a brand that I had heard of before and at £220 probably not one I would normally consider. Over the last year or so I have built up my stamina and can walk for a good 6 hours without stopping, covering about 18 miles quite easily. However, on these long walks my back and neck do tend to get a bit stiff and ache but I have always just put up with it.
When I opened the rucksack up and had a really good look at it I was extremely impressed at how well it was built. Inside there were really clear instructions on how to fit the pack, measuring the torso and then matching the yoke position correctly. I then loaded the pack up following the guidelines on how best to pack it up with some walking boots, my walking jacket, bottles of water and a few other bits to try to simulate how this pack would feel if I were to go out on a long hike or weekend trip. The pack came with really handy Pack-It System Specter Cubes so I could organise my kit more appropriately, all fully waterproof and extremely light weight. Again, I’ve never thought of using them before but they seem kind of essential now I’ve found out about them… no more supermarket carriers for me anymore!
It also includes a separate zipped on daypack, a suitcase style handle on the side for easy carry and all the straps pack away in a zipped on bag making it look really stylish and very tidy. My walk today was 9 miles so I thought that would be a good measure of the fit and comfort of the pack.
After the walk had finished I felt quite fresh, my neck and back didn’t ache, even after carrying such a heavy load, so the contour fit suspension really works taking all the strain off my shoulders. Now I understand why it’s priced at £220, and worth every penny.
Here’s the full spec for the Eagle Creek Rincon 90L Travel Pack
70L and 20 L daypack – two options for long and short walks
Easy packing access with a full front panel load
Bottom compartment with zipped internal divider
Central Lock Points secure main entry points
Zip-Off Daypack with multiple carry options, font clips and backpack straps. Back panel zippered pocket conceals valuables
Reflective strip for night-time visibility
Contour Fit Suspension
New 3D Air Mesh and 3D foam construction to wick moisture away from the fabric surface
Load lifter straps
Custom Glide Torso
X-Frame with aircraft grade T-6061 aluminium stays
HDPE Frame Sheet
Zips away for ultimate protection during transport
Custom Glide Harness to adjust torso length
Adjustable sternum strap
Ergonomically contoured shoulder straps
Triple density foam hip belt to provide both comfort and a great carry for long periods of time
Lumbar pad designed to fit a wide range of body types
Engineered materials with the most abrasion resistant, high tenacity yarns woven to meet Eagle Creek’s durability standard
Yarn engineered prior to weaving increases performance
Main pack 4,450cu in, 73L, 5lbs 11oz, 2.6kg
Daypack 1,200cu in, 20L, 1lb, 0.45kg
Torso Range 17-21in, 43-53cm
Hip Belt Range 32-38in, 81-97cm
The Rincon 90L is a lightweight, high performance pack that’s ideal for multi day expeditions. Made from tough Helix Ripstop and Bi-Tech fabrics so it will not tear, the backpack holds up to 73 litres and comes with a 20 litre capacity detachable day pack. There is also a slightly smaller 75L version available carrying 58 litres and 20 litre capacity daypack priced at £195.
Other features include a front zippered panel that gives easy access to gear, effective compression system, central locking points to protect your valuables, a zip-away suspension system, plus a separate base compartment with zippered internal divider. The Rincon 90L is also covered by Eagle Creek’s lifetime warranty – www.eaglecreek.com