Camelbak Octane 16X backpack review

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Camelbak Octane 16X
460g (one size) 

The well-designed zip front on this rucksack-style pack means it expands to fit your kit. Featuring eight exterior pockets, including four on the harness for easy access on the go, it also includes a three-litre hydration bladder, reflective details and helmet storage. Good for commutes and adventures on foot or bike.

Verdict: Versatile and comfortable for bike or run.

OMM Classic 25 backpack review

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OMM Classic 25
720g (one size) 

The Classic pack has evolved over the years but remains one of the best for multi-day, multi-sport adventures. Features include removable sleeping/back pad, zipped lid and hip pockets and adjustable mesh side and front pockets for waterproofs and other gear. Good adjustment but may not fit smaller runners so well.

Verdict: Well-designed, well-featured mountain marathon pack.

Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set

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Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set
305g (one size) 

This fantastic-looking, brilliantly versatile pack is designed for multiple sports and body shapes. It’s lightweight, stretchy and superbly comfortable, with five pockets plus an easy-access main compartment. The versatile, stable gear carrying system can attach poles, ice axes and a helmet. PVC-free and includes hydration bladder.

Verdict: Comfortable, well-featured and brilliantly versatile.

Patagonia Nine Trails 18L (women's)

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Patagonia Nine Trails 18L
730g (size S/M) 

With its neat looks and thoughtful design, this durable, versatile pack is made for moving fast and light over technical terrain. For a rucksack-style pack it’s extremely comfortable to run in, with a padded harness and breathable back system. Features zipped hip and lid pockets and stretch pockets on the front and sides.

Verdict: Great looks; women’s-specific comfort for every adventure.

Gregory Maya 22 (women's)

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Gregory Maya 22 
700g (one size)

Billed as a multi-use active trail pack, the Maya is a classic rucksack design. Despite being women’s-specific it was tricky to get it comfy enough to run in. Featuring a fully-unzippable main compartment, hip belt pockets, side pockets and expandable helmet storage it’s durable and great as a travel bag and for general use.

Verdict: Durable and plenty of storage; good for active travel.

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 25

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Ultimate Direction Fastpack 25
580g (size S/M) 

The large main compartment is excellent for bulkier items such as sleeping bags and tents, making this a great choice for self-sufficient, multi-day adventures. Stretch front and side pockets plus two bottle holder and zipped pockets on the front mean everything’s just where you need it. The back length is on the long side.

Verdict: Great for longer adventures; may not suit shorter backs.