Recommend me a cheap but sturdy all purpose rucksack

Discussion in 'threads and dreads' started by Orang Utan, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Orang Utan


    That's what's happening with my Ful one but even worse:
    Looks like I'm carrying a loudmouthed muppet on my back
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
  2. Orang Utan


    why can't I find any items by Wenger on their site? :confused:
  3. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

  4. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    Sorry, I was thinking of backpacks.
  5. Orang Utan


    So was I! Backpack/rucksack - same thing
  6. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    "Casual" as in you don't need technical or sport specific features such as ice axe loops, hydration bladder sleeves, roll top closure, UL fabrics etc etc. It doesn't need to be figure hugging for climbing, or have a "buddy pocket" accessible to your climbing window partner, or a remove back support that doubles as a bivvy pad, or to be cut so the waist belt doesn't interfere with a climbing harness, or or or...

    So, to my mind, it's casual use. That's how I'm thinking of it when I'm thinking of what might be suitable for you,

    I use my Montane Anaconda every day - casually - for lugging my gym stuff around and back and forth to work. It's not a casual pack though, it's really for "fast and light" summer mountain walking and is designed for that. That costs. I doubt you'd want to pay for those features if you're not not using them. Fortunately I also use it for "fast and light" mountain walking.

    You'll find that a lot of packs will have these technical features, most consumers will buy over-specced for acid, and most retailers will gleefully sell them to you as well.
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  7. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

  8. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

  9. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    This looks pretty good, and sounds like it meets your needs

    Berghaus Trailbyte 20 Rucksack from Cotswold Outdoor

  10. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Go back to TK, They've got all the good outdoor brands in at the moment, I picked up a Trespass one for £20 last week.
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  11. Wolveryeti

    Wolveryeti Young Lethargio

    North Face do good backpacks. Comfortable and high quality material/stitching.
  12. baldrick

    baldrick ooooh timewarp

    I'd have a look for commuting rucksacks on Google and see what that brings up.

    Osprey do some good stuff but it will cost you. However it will last you years.

    Largely it depends on what you want to spend before people can recommend anything.

    I have an alpkit gourdon 25 which is very basic but a) bombproof b) cheap. I think you're looking for something with a bit more to it.
  13. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    We have a Berghaus, still going strong after 20 years of service. Not waterproof anymore.
  14. Orang Utan


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  15. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    I got a ‘Highland’ one from ‘The Range’ just under a decade ago and it’s brilliant - was about £15. Been through all manner of madness and aside from the waterproofing having gone a bit iffy it’s still pretty much perfect.

    Discontinued now but might be worth taking a look at whatever they’re doing these days.

    Edit: oops, too late. Maybe worth a look if the Osprey doesn’t work out, I guess (though it does look good).

    This seems to be their current equivalent offering - don't know if it's as good as mine:

    Highland 33L Laptop Backpack - blue
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2018
  16. Hellsbells

    Hellsbells World's best procrastinator

    I love Osprey rucksacks, they're so comfy
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  17. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

  18. Idris2002

    Idris2002 put humans in tube

    I had a Samsonite one (not insanely expensive as I recall) and that lasted me five years.
  19. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    I too am a fan of suplus military. It's usually reasonably priced and its all been road tested in real world conditions.

    If you have a little more money, I'd recommend a 33L LL Bean canvas bag. I've used this bag for short-duration hiking trips and its performed well


    If money isn't an issue go with Osprey:

    I've had a 65L Osprey on my want but can't have list for ages.
  20. bellaozzydog

    bellaozzydog rolling turds in glitter

    Snug pak rocket

    Snugpak 70L Rocket Pak

    I use it for every day use, carry on for travel, fishing, carrying yoga shit and wetsuits around in.

    It is a 70 litre but that’s with 2 side pouches. You can taken these off one or both or pull the straps and they sit flat to the daysack.

    Got an internal pocket. Got two lid pockets inside and out.

    Bomb proof. On my second one after years of travel and use. Still use the old one as well.

    Or the karrimor sf range (no longer affiliated with sports direct karrimor) are very handy but pricey

    Obviously if you want nice bright colours you may have to look elsewhere
  21. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    My Berghaus Bullfrog is 24 years old and the fucker won't die. I want a new bag just for the variety :D:D:D
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  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've got a North Face one that is still going pretty strong after some 8 or 9 years. It's got plenty of pockets inside and out and a padded space for a laptop and I've used it almost every day.

    I can't find any pics of it online but it's a bit like this one.


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