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Mountainsmith Zerk 40


MAGGIE SLEPIAN: Best Backpacking Packs of 2020

Maggie's article includes my own current favourite, the Hyperlite 3400.

NEW to me is the Mountainsmith Zerk 40, Editors' Choice Award 2020 from Backpacker Magazine.

It's quite different. More pockets. More features. Yet astonishingly still weighs only 1 pound, 9 ounces if you remove some of the extras.

Looks ideal for trail runners and fast packers.

I'm intrigued. Having carried a frameless pack for most of my life, I'd mostly use the Zerk frameless and without the hip belt.

It was designed in consultation with thru hiker The Hiking Viking, Tom Gathman.

I'm not a fan of the look, however. And it's not waterproof.

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Survivor III 85 Litre Rucksack Hiking Trekking

's spacious Survivor III expedition rucksack with up to 85-litre capacity.

A durable and well-organised for camping trips and travelling. Made from tough-wearing ripstop fabric with a mesh construction that allows air to flow between the bag and your back.

Weight is carefully distributed and stabilised with an internal metal frame and adjustable chest and hip belt. On the side, you'll find two conveniently placed zipped pockets plus mesh water bottle pockets and bungee walking pole holders. The detachable rain cover increases weather resistance.

Hardwearing 600D polyester ripstop; Zipped lid pocket. Air mesh back construction to allow ventilated airflow; Air mesh adjustable hip belt to help stabilise pack weight;

Air mesh adjustable shoulder straps. Adjustable sliding chest harness; Side compression straps; Front bungee storage system.

Integral bungee walking pole holders; 2 zipped side pockets;

Side mesh water bottle pockets

Internal key clip; Easy grab zip pullers; Lower zipped storage compartment with internal drawcord divider
Detachable raincover.