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Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Ray Mears Leaf Cutter Rucksack


Weight: 1860 g         57 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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  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 57 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 57

  Without question the most comfortable pack I have ever used. It is essentially the same layout as the British short back Bergen but lighter and much more comfortable. Having an international frame that isn’t completely rigid is brilliant because it provides the right weight distribution while still allowing you to move freely. The yoke style straps are genius, although it took me a while to get used to them, they are fantastic at spreading the weight across your shoulders and also stops the straps from slipping and spreading apart while you’re walking. This pack dose sit lower that other packs but now I’m used to it honestly it’s an advantage and seems to keep my back straight and stop me from hunching over after a few miles and to be honest you almost forgot you have it on. Brilliant piece of kit. 10/10  

  Happy Customer
23rd June, 2024

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 57

  I am really impressed. It hits every spot for the reasons it was designed. Very comfortable, loads of room even for a 90 litre quality Bergen, I would highly recommend.  

11th September, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 57

  Excellent bit of kit. Everything you would ever need in a rucksack.  

  Andy B
14th May, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 57

  I’ve been waiting for this to come back in stock so thank you Woodlore team for letting me know you had it. The rucksack is well stitched on seams plenty of space for kit. The outer pockets are big enough to fit my stove in for easy access for a brew. It’s comfortable to wear and adjusts easily for a good fit. Looking forward to years of use and time on the hills with it.  

  Joanne Gifford
6th April, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 57

  I was in the market for a simple yet well made bag and this certainly on the face of it suited my needs. The bag it’s self rides very well and the straps work well, I love the fact it’s not covered in molle. The single main compartment is great for one dry bag to allow easy use. A great bag excellent stitching, I also like the fact it has drain holes a nice feature.  

  Glen Rossiter
15th November, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 57

  I am rather annoyed at myself for purchasing this product. Not even been used but noticed a scuff mark on one of the pockets. This is surprising given its never been outside. But the bag is not lined and nor are the pockets. All that I had in there as a BCB mark 1 cup which I guess caused the issue when the bag was placed next to cupboard. The material is very thin so not really surprised but I am given the cost of this product. This does not fill me with confidence as to the hard wearing nature. My Wisport and Savotta rucksacks are rock solid and have been in many forests in the UK and Europe had still look brand new with no scuff marks. Trust me they have been in some very dense woods full of bracken. The pack looks good and is the main reason I purchased but thats all its got going for it. I guess, as others have mentioned on YT reviews, you are paying for the name and nothing more. So, I will stick to my Other packs and probably give this one away to a charity shop or homeless charity as I know they always looking for large packs. Sorry this review is rather negative but to be honest it was a wasted purchase. We live and learn as they say. I would not recommend this for heavy duty activities. Thanks.  

  Mark Johnson
24th September, 2022

Rated: 1/5

Woodlore's Reply - 7th October, 2022
Dear Mark We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment in your recent purchase from us. The Leaf Cutter Rucksack is a hard-wearing product made from waterproof 1,000 denier Cordura Nylon and was thoroughly tested by Ray for its functionality and durability before bringing to the market. This rucksack has also been heavily used by several of our course instructional team out in the field over five or six seasons. Although unlined, it does not compromise on its reliability and strength, using a single layer of fabric helps to keep the rucksack as light as possible; certainly a high priority when on expedition. The Leaf Cutter Rucksack is not a cheap product but is competitively priced considering it is professionally made to the highest standards within the UK. There is no premium charged for the name, or in fact any of the research and development costs incurred by Ray and the Woodlore team bringing this project to fruition. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to contact us. We hope you will perhaps give the rucksack a second chance to prove its worth to you.

  7 of 57

  This is everything that I want from a rucksack, and I have trialled so many bags in the past 20 years. This one is well thought out, the quality of the material and zips are superb. It's not a complex design, which means that I know exactly where everything is, and I can access things like my tarp without having to open the main compartment and I love that it fits my 14cm billy can in a side pocket without a problem. I was concerned that the back length would be too big for me as I'm only 5'5 but, actually, it's perfect and comfortable to wear on long hikes. I love this rucksack.  

  Claire W
15th June, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 57

  These are really good, so glad we got them, comfortable, excellent quality, common sense design.  

11th June, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 57

  I received my Leafcutter Rucksack last week just prior to heading off on a multi day hike on the Grampians Peaks Trail (Victoria AUSTRALIA). I wanted a rucksack that was simple, strong, and large enough to carry enough kit for long duration trekking. I found the Leafcutter met all my needs very well. I love its simplicity. If I had to find a criticism It would be that the waist belt is a little prone to slippage under tension and I needed to tighten it every now and again. I think this will fix itself when the shine wears off the fabric but it’s really the most minor point. I love the rucksack and I’m sure it will give me many years of service in the Australian Bush. I also note it is a creation in partnership with Scottish Mountain Gear. I have used one of their Cuillan 2 Sacs for over 25 years and love it too so the Leafcutter has great genes. Thanks for your great products and service.  

  Tim Whitford
26th May, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 57

  I was extremely doubtful on ordering this purely down to the cost and was torn two or three times in pressing ‘buy’ - but each time I hesitated they sold out, but having seen the rucksack when I went to see Ray live on stage, I knew I had to get it and I’m so pleased I did. Not because it sold out again in about two days but because it’s a beautiful bit of kit. The material it’s made of is robust and will last many many years and, there’s plenty of room for all your gear and food. It’s comfortable to wear too and what I like is there’s no fluff about it. It’s everything I need in a rucksack without the gimmicks and to me that’s important. Yes it’s nearly £200 but I don’t think you’ll regret ordering it. In fact I’m sure you won’t. I love it!  

  Colin Stainton
4th May, 2022

Rated: 5/5

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