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The first thing that you notice when handling this rucksack is its weight, which is not excessive, just indicative of quality construction. Well made things have a certain heft to them, and this pack is a prime example. The second thing you notice is the amount of straps, clips and buckles which seem slightly bewildering at first glance. The swing tag hints at the military heritage of the Centurio which would explain the amount of attachment points etc. However, with the addition of a strap tidy set, the Centurio takes on a much simpler and more streamlined appearance. It seems larger than 30 litres and swallows kit with ease. There seem to be various models of this pack available so I spent some time studying the differences between them and concluded that the version supplied by Woodlore looked to be the strongest model. One of the unique features of the Centurio is that the straps can be adjusted to provide virtually a custom fit for your back length. Rucksack straps are critical to comfort and performance. Too soft/spongy, and they will absorb water and draw it through into your inner clothing, too thin and the straps will cut into the shoulders. The Centurio straps seem like a very good compromise. The front access is also a great feature which is very convenient. The only feature I'm not keen on so far are the internal compression straps which stop kit spilling out when the front access panel is unzipped, although I can understand the reasoning behind them. It took me a while to find the helmet cover which could be a very handy feature on a canoe trip. The Centurio carries comfortably, and like all good equipment, you forget that you're wearing it until you need it. Highly recommended.
Barry Cheadle23rd November, 2023