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Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack


Weight: 1860 g         42 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

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Product Reviews

Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack is rated 5/5 based on 42 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 42

  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

  2 of 42

  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

  3 of 42

  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

  4 of 42

  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

  5 of 42

  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

  6 of 42

  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

  7 of 42

  I absolutely love this pack. I wish I ordered it sooner. It has become my go to pack for day trips to overnighters. I am hoping to get out soon for a three night trip, and I will be using this pack. I wish you would make this pack in a 30 or 40 litter version so I could use it everyday / around town.  

  David Fife
1st November, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 42

  As usual Woodlore’s customer service is second to none. Ordered one day and it arrived the next. I was initially concerned over the size (being too small), however, the external pockets are a great size. The main compartment easily carries; sleeping bag, sleeping mat (lightweight Thermarest), clothing and shelter (DD Hammocks 3x3 m fly). The external compartments the rest; waterproof jacket, cooking equipment, food, first aid kit and hunting specific items (ammo, cleaning kit, poly bags and knife). The pack itself is lightweight for the size and as it is well made. I think the price is pretty good. I like the simplicity of the design. I haven’t had chance to use it on anything over a short walk but it feels as if it will be comfortable carrying 30+ lb.  

  David Halsall
19th August, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 42

  I have had this rucksack for two years now, and I can now safely say that it has been one of those instances when a purchased product pretty much exactly met my expectations. First of all I think there is no such thing as a 'perfect rucksack', as we can have different criteria when choosing an optimal pack to meet our needs. If you are NOT looking for a pack that has multiple outside attachment systems, numerous compartments, and for example, an additional bottom opening accessing the main compartment then this rucksack does exactly what the description says, and a little more. This is a no nonsense, sturdy, spacious, and as much important, very comfortable to wear rucksack. The back straps are very well designed and don't at all cut into my shoulder. I have been pleasantly surprised that the pack is very water resistant, mainly thanks to the fabric used. I would guess that an additional dry cover would, if ever, only be needed in some extreme and rare scenarios. The sturdiness and a well thought design of the pack is striking. It is made to be used and last, without being bulky.  

  Francis Mazij
14th June, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 42

  I had a concern that this rucksack would be too small for me, but I emailed and spoke to the WL Team who alleviated my concerns. I was pleased to receive this personal touch from the Team - Thanks Paul. I am 6ft 4inches tall and the rucksack fits me very well and is comfortable in use. I have long regarded the British Army's PLCE Bergen as a tough, hardwearing and adaptable bergen but outside military use it is too large for civilian needs. The Leaf Cutter bridges this gap with a very robust and cleverly designed pack based on the well proven PLCE system. The Leaf Cutter oozes quality, from the material used, the best lockable zippers, the breathable/comfortable back, sculpted harness and pocked arrangement. Every detail has been considered to ensure the pack delivers what is needed for single or multi-day expeditions. I like the side pockets, which easily take: A Nalgene 1l water bottle and 2 x 750ml camelback drinking bottles. The other is the ideal size for a Jetboil or MSR stove, spare gas and a good supply of rations. The front pocket is surprising in its capacity - It will take a lightweight waterproof, small fleece (or Patagonia Nano insulate jacket), small bino's (Nikon 10x30) and a small first aid kit. The cavernous main compartment takes all I need for a multi-day trip. Tent, sleeping bag, ground mat, spare clothes, further rations, etc. The top lid pockets (over and under the flap) again are surprisingly large and will easily cope with head torches, spare batteries, hat and gloves, notebook and pencil, pocket knife, etc. Importantly the harness is really comfortable. A loaded heavy pack, once on my back allows the load to be evenly spread and I barely notice the weight. The clips and adjustment are all quality items and I like the chest strap. The shoulder straps will allow carabiners to be attached if you want to add additional items or to fix gloves when not in use. A neat touch is the velcro mechanism to lock down long straps to the chest and waist to stop the wind whipping them around. The overall pack weight is low considering my experience of military bergen's and cordura type material. The material used, sheds water easily and there are rivets to the main compartment and side pockets to allow any water to escape. I am not sure this is really necessary for the main compartment, but definitely for the side pockets. The rivets are brass so won't rust. The manufacture is excellent, made in Scotland, home of rugged well tested equipment and I feel that any breakages/damage could be easily fixed by the manufacturer. Scottish Mountain Gear have a great reputation for the manufacture of hill walking and mountaineering rucksacks. The cost of the pack is quite reasonable too. Overall, I am delighted with my new pack. Great size, fits superbly, well thought out features and I know it will last forever! Ray I am sure you are so proud of this product and rightly so. I and many others will enjoy using this brilliant pack for years.  

  Alan White
26th April, 2019

Rated: 5/5

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