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Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack


Weight: 1820 g         30 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: 1.82 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

Please note that our offices are closed at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

  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 30 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 30

  This will be the last day sack I ever buy. British made, quality item. Perfect for the outdoors and bushcraft. Nice and lightweight, well constructed and the pockets in the right places. There are no unnecessary straps or loops on the bag. Buy one they're amazing and worth every penny.  

  Paul Isles
3rd August, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 30

  Used this first on an expedition leader course and I am very impressed. Very well made and not over complicated. Very comfortable to wear whilst carrying all my kit over 3 days. Love it! And it is made in UK.  

29th May, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 30

  Built to last, the main compartment is very spacious along with the the side pockets and front pocket. Love this backpack.  

  Filimon Undang
16th April, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 30

  I took a gamble when I purchased this rucksack and I'm happy to say I'm not disappointed. I live 15 minutes from a major high quality outdoors retailer with a well deserved, excellent reputation. They carry excellent packs with good reviews and decades of use. But my backpacking style is evolving so I wanted a more bush craft oriented pack and the Leaf Cutter's simple straight forward design fits the bill. The first thing that I noticed about the Leaf Cutter is how lightweight it is for it's size and robust construction. It weighs less than some modern packs that are popular with AT thru hikers. Next it fits well and is comfortable! I'm 6'3', 275lbs with a torso length of 20in and it adjusted to my frame easily. This pack could go on someone a little taller without a problem. I've only managed to get one overnight trip since getting the pack but it carried a 35 pound load out easily, (bulky winter gear) and can easily hold more than I should rationally carry. I'm used to an 80-110 liter pack for winter, but more modern gear and better bush craft skills have made that pack too large to be practical accept for longer trips. The Leaf Cutter holds plenty but an assortment of small bags and compression sacks to keep things organized came in handy. The only con is the lack of any external attachment points. I'm used to recreational packs and some military designs so this is a change. Also I don't sleep well in a hammock, I've tried, so I need a sleeping pad. They're very light but don't fit well inside the pack. Putting the pad under the pack lid is adequate but not as secure as I'd like. I'll keep working on it, worst case scenario is to go to the aforementioned retailer the next time they're having a sale and buy an inflatable pad. So it's not a serious problem. Besides, bush craft is about adapting. Suggestions welcome. Overall it's a well thought out design, rugged, comfortable and simple. I see the Leaf Cutter as my new 'go to' multi day pack and can't wait to take it out again.  

  Joseph H Harton
31st March, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 30

  I love this pack! The first day I got it I put 30 lbs in it and did 3 1/2 miles. Very comfortable and I can't believe how light it is. The material is nice and thick. Hope to have Grand kids enjoying this pack one day as it will probably last a lifetime .  

  Steven Mullinax
3rd February, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 30

  It was not too difficult to choose this item, I needed a larger rucksack that had some large external pockets and still had a generous main body for bulkier items, every part of this has a purpose, there are no extra straps or webbing to add weight or become a nuisance. The side pouches are generous and easy to access with just the clips and strap, and the external main central pouch is large enough for any items you want to get in a hurry with the addition of lockable zips. Keeping it a simple one piece unit is a great idea and really keeps the weight down. I especially like the internal long pockets for an axe or a Boreal 21 inch saw. The material cloth and make up of the bag have been seriously thought out and the quality shows. This may be the last rucksack you will ever need, I know that every time I take this out it will not let me down, even with the weather here in the west of Scotland.  

  Drew Baxter
30th October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 30

  This pack is perfect for my needs. Plenty of room for winter gear but equally adaptable to summer use. Construction is good with no frivolous bells and whistles. Its been comfortable to wear both for short and long outings.  

  Cristy M Pennington
26th October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 30

  Excellent piece of kit. A must-have item.  

  Alex Hermans
16th October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 30

  The very solid construction, superior materials and surprising number of smaller, hidden pockets on this rucksack have me just itching to get outside and use it.  

  Joseph L Le May
4th October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 30

  I was in the market for a decent durable pack to use during my 1-2+ week long canoe expeditions requiring significant portages. I'm not an ultra light backpacker and prefer the 'traditional' style of pack so requirements were straight forward. The Rucksack is of good, tough build quality, built to be handled in/out of boats and onto rocks, forests floors etc. On receiving the pack I was impressed how well put together it felt. The stitching is perfect throughout, the material is durable,cleanable and the straps are good also. I really can't fault it for build quality. My expectations of durability will be good too. It must carry well enough at normal base load weight and with additional trip weight. I'm 6ft 1 and more a rugby player build than 'hiking racing snake' so the fit can be an issue. This bothered me, I could try other options but not this one. Woodlore assured me I could try it and return it if it didn't work. The rucksack carries my base load of around 12 to 15 kg (including pack) with ease transferring weight well. Shoulder straps sit perfectly. Compared with the other options (smaller volume packs) a good with a half kilo under the closest overall competitor for me (the Sabre/PCLE 75l) at around 2.4kgs. I have lighter trail packs like the Exped Lightning at around 1kg but I wouldn't think that will stand up to what this one can (and it is only a 45l pack) so weight is actually pretty good. It is in part achieved by stripping off all the unnecessary stuff like zips or bungee straps. It has Plenty of volume. I hate stuffing things back into tiny sacks each morning. At 90L overall, this is way more than the other options and while I don't actually need all the volume, the additional space means I have flexibility for little weight penalty. There are Enough pocket options to allow for my version of organisation. The pockets work well for me. The side pockets are around 5L smaller than the PCLE pockets but that isn't an issue for me and I can get around a weeks worth of food, brew kit and a cook rig into the pair of them. The top pocket has plenty of space for the things I need to hand without opening the pack up and the additional pocket on the front is perfect for med kit and random items. The SAM splint pockets inside the pack have been used so far for my axe and Destrude Bow saw. Overall, I had read the early reviews and then ended up trying this pack out with a degree of worry but there is no way I was returning this one once I'd got it and loaded it. At 90L, you need to ensure you don't over pack your fears and end up unable to lift it but the volume is damn handy and it is also fine with a 45L load. Price wise it is marginally more than the equivalent Sabre/PCLE option but I felt it was a better overall package. Finally, the service from Woodlore. I sent a load of odd questions including measurements to them more than once before actually ordering to try it and was probably a real pain but they were helpful and responsive throughout - couldn't fault them.  

20th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

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