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The bag arrived the day after I ordered it. I was surprised by the size. It seemed larger than the old 35 litre rucksack that it was bought to replace. The choice of materials suggests that the manufacturer is keenly aware of environmental concerns. Whilst metal buckles are unsuitable for arctic environments in winter, they work well in typical British conditions. So far I have had three long walks with the bag. On the second occasion I loaded it quite heavily. By chance there were heavy showers. The bag proved fine in all respects. The comfort was particularly good. The closures are achieved with metal g-hooks. It takes a little practice to use them easily. There are two loops near the bottom of the bag which can be stowed from the inside of the open side pockets when not in use. One such open pocket can accommodate a 1.2 litre vacuum flask. The anchor points for the compression straps feature double slots from which it is possible to pull out a loop of strap. The handle of a small forest axe will fit through this and one of the lower loops. The strap on the axe sheath can then be taken around the compression strap in the same way that it would be done on a belt to prevent the axe from accidentally lifting out. Of course I can take no responsibility for the safety of anyone trying this or any other method. There is also a double slot arrangement at the anchor point of the strap for the main lid. However that strap is attached in such a way that it cannot be used to form a similar loop with those slots. If they were to be used, another strap would be required. In that case the duty would need to be light, otherwise the leather might tear. Immediately outside and adjacent to the open side pockets are two side pockets with lids. These side pockets can take a variety of other items and protect them from rain. Inside the main compartment there is a loop at the top with a pop button fastener. It can be used to retain any straps of items requiring immediate identification. There is a security pocket which I have yet to use at the top of the bag immediately next to the back. There are two compartments in the main belt for small items requiring occasional rapid access. The belt reduces the load on the shoulder straps and helps to avoid interference between the user's back and that of the bag. As supplied, closure for the main compartment was done via the provided sliding collar on the draw strings and a slipped overhand knot formed in both strings simultaneously. The lid was secured with a metal g-hook. The bag has a haul loop at the top, which works well for hanging it up, and there is also a small carrying handle on the lid. My first few trials with this rucksack went well, and I expect that it will become a regular companion for day walks and occasional overnight stops.
Steve Smith20th October, 2018