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Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack


Weight: 1860 g         46 reviews
The Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack is the first ever rucksack to have been designed and tested by the British Bushcraft and survival expert Ray Mears. The end result is a dedicated outdoor pack that is spacious and tough, yet surprisingly light in weight. Each pack has been crafted from start to finish right here in the UK, courtesy of Scottish Mountain Gear - a company with whom Ray has had ties since as far back as his Bushcraft Survival days. Indeed, the Leaf Cutter was developed from a custom jungle rucksack, made for Ray by Scottish Mountain Gear many years ago.

When first setting out to design this rucksack, Ray's primary goal was to create "a pack that you can live out of." With its focus on roomy, easy-access compartments, along with strong fabrics and fittings, this is a pack that does away with the unnecessary gimmicks and instead provides a reliable and durable companion for your adventures.

With a main compartment volume of 58 litres, the pack provides ample space for your equipment, clothing and food, making it perfect for week-long forays or even longer trips into the wilderness. Despite this large capacity, the pack weighs in at just 1.8 kg; a surprisingly low figure for such a spacious rucksack made from strong fabrics. It is thanks to this that the rucksack's name was born, after the supremely strong yet agile leaf cutter ant.

The fixed side pockets provide an additional packing volume of 20 litres, helping you to organise your gear while keeping important items close to hand. An external pocket on the front of the pack provides plenty of room for your first aid kit, while two internal sleeves in the main compartment provide the perfect storage space for a pair of SAM splints.

  • Volume of main compartment: 58 litres
  • Volume of side pockets: 10 litres each
  • Total volume (including all pockets): 90 litres
  • Weight: 1.86 kg
  • Back height (from the shoulder straps down): 50 cm
  • Fabric: Waterproof 1,000 denier Cordura Nylon
  • Colour: Olive Drab
  • A bespoke item, produced in small numbers
  • Designed by Ray Mears
  • Exclusive to Woodlore
  • Made in Great Britain
  • Large main compartment with PU Nylon snow valance and drawcord closure
  • Spacious lid with elastic trim and buckle closures
  • 2 x fixed side pockets with buckle closures
  • External front pocket with lockable zip closure
  • External, slim-profile pocket on lid with lockable zip closure
  • Concealed, slim-profile pocket on underside of lid with zip closure
  • Drain holes fitted in the main compartment and side pockets
  • Heavy-duty YKK zips used throughout
  • Contoured and padded shoulder straps with adjustable top-tension buckles
  • Adjustable, heavy-duty waist and chest strap with extended padding on hip area
  • Lightweight internal metal frame with protective caps, housed in fabric sleeves
  • Breathable and padded mesh-lined back panel, for improved comfort and air flow
  • Sturdy grab handle
  • 2 x full-length internal storage sleeves on back lining, perfect for SAM splints (not included)
  • Velcro loops for tidying away excess shoulder strap webbing
  • Embroidered Ray Mears Bushcraft logo on front pocket


  Delivery in 1-2 days within the United Kingdom
  UK Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

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  Overseas deliveries
For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack is rated 5/5 based on 46 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

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  1 of 46

  My husband having attended a few of your courses was keen to obtain this item. He was highly impressed by the design and quality. This rucksack looks like it will last a long time and will be extremely enhancing my husband’s outdoor adventures.  

  Elizabeth Johnson
28th December, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 46

  Well made, comfortable with a full load and is a fair price.  

10th November, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 46

  Have not had the chance to take this out yet but so far I'm really impressed with this rucksack. It is extremely well made and looks like it could last a lifetime. It has plenty of storage space both in the main compartment and in the side pockets which are enormous and can easily hold a 12-14 inch billy can. In fact the danger might be that I would want to take too muuch just because the bag will carry a lot. Have to try to avoid packing everything and the kitchen sink into it. Overall I'm extremely happy with this purchase and I think this bag will be great for both short overnighters and longer multi-day adventures.  

  Alun Turner
15th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 46

  As described, well thought out design, geared up as my winter bushcraft pack and it works really well. Side pockets are an excellent size for camp cooking and hydration plus the front pocket is deceivingly spacious. Main volume is a good size to keep the load reasonable. Top inner and outer pockets are a little bit on the small side and the pack could do with attachment points on top or bottom for a sleeping pad. Overall a very well designed and contained pack with enough pockets to support gear organisation.  

  Darrel Singh
7th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 46

  Great pack, strong and well made with functional side and front pockets that allow for quick access to the most important items in the pack. The pack would benefit from some sewn in Velcro straps for holding walking poles, hanked cord and so on.  

  Nathan Burman
21st April, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 46

  First of all, thank the Woodlore team for your excellent service. Because of the language, we communicated many times. Thank you very much. The capacity of Leaf Cutter Rucksack exceeds my imagination. It can let me load more supplies, the quality is also very good. And I hope more equipment can be hung on the outside of the backpack, for example a tent and camping Mat.  

  Ning Du
4th July, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 46

  I’ve had many packs over the years trying to find the one that fits all my requirements and thanks to Woodlore I’ve now found it. Fantastically built, carries load comfortably and correctly and absolutely swallows gear with room to spare. My search is over and I’m over the moon.  

  James Rogerson
14th June, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 46

  I have looked long and hard for a Rucksack which will suit my requirements, I have tried many options and makes. I was in the Army in the past, and while the issued Bergen is an outstanding piece of kit, it was a little bit large for what I wanted these days. I was also aware that most rucksacks in the modern world seems to be designed for a small framed person. They seem to be all style and no substance. This pack in the most positive way is simple but very well designed, which I hope will give me great service. I truly believe in quality and not quantity, so I have now finally got this Rucksack, I will not need another. Buy this as a one off rather than foolishly like myself buying multiple £40 packs which don't quite fit the bill, leading to a false economy. Great service once again from Woodlore, especially at this very difficult time that we are all going through. Many Thanks.  

  Guy Morris
23rd April, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 46

  This is a well designed rucksack. As soon as you pack it and start to use it, you can tell that it was designed by someone who has used rucksacks a great deal. The first thing you notice is the light weight, yet the material and construction are robust. The side pockets are very large, and a NATO water bottle can lie on its side, so check that the bottles seals are watertight! The large pocket on the outside is very handy. The straps are particularly well designed, being broad, well padded and made from a material which absorbs very little water. Having worn rucksacks in the past with beautifully padded, spongy, mesh covered straps, I know from past experience that they suddenly lose their appeal when it rains! My only criticism so far is that the drawcord at the top of the pack broke when it was first tightened, but I intend to replace it with dyneema in any case. My favourite feature so far is the two internal sleeves which can accommodate a folding saw and an axe (including the Scandinavian Forest axe). The weight is carried low down, which improves balance, and it could easily be used as a daysac, although you need to resist the urge to pack the kitchen sink! There is a welcome absence of buckles, straps, clips and fasteners. Some of the military style packs have so many connections that it can be quite time consuming to work out which clip goes where. This rucksack has everything you need, and nothing you don't. Overall, very pleased.  

  Barry Cheadle
27th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 46

  Didn't really know what to expect and do have high expectations. Would recommend to anyone but cannot vouch for longevity of product as I've only just bought it unlike the rucksack it is replacing which is well over 30 years old and has been round parts of Nepal. I wanted it for all my birdwatching and outdoor kit including telescope and large tripod. It does hold this but isn't quite as tall as I would have ideally wanted. This means that the pull down on the top compartment makes it very difficult to use. I don't really understand why they can't put pockets either side of the top compartment which would then alleviate this problem which has cropped up many times in the past. The other thing which would be beneficial would be waist loops or small pockets but I guess you can put these on yourself if you want to carry a compass bag or such like on this point of your system. Overall think it will be great and seems built to last, strong and robust but still very light. When these features come together they are worth paying for in my opinion. Looking forward to the Outer Hebs.  

  Simon Bellinger
18th December, 2019

Rated: 5/5

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