For keen hikers, you can’t go wrong with an Osprey Hikelite day pack when you’re hitting the trails for a day.
We took one out in the Surrey Hills for the day and it’s shot to the top of our list of must-have packs for the spring. For starters, the ‘trampoline’ suspended mesh back system works so efficiently; those hills are not for the faint hearted, but we were arriving at the top without the need to dry off our backs!
It also has space for a hydration pack and trekking pole attachments and its own built-in raincover, which came in very handy more than once! You can load it up pretty well too, with three roomy external pockets, a handy pocket built in to the inside of the lid AND one in the outside, and a spacious main cavity. With the aid of detachable hip belt, you’ll be able to take quite a load without it feeling too heavy.
We tested out the largest, Hikelite 32 (£90) but there are two smaller sizes (26 (£80) and 18 (£70)) with the same features which we reckon would perform equally as well on a day out.
- Hikelite backpack
- From £70
- Osprey www.ospreyeurope.com