The Best New Rucksacks And Camping Luggage for 2019
Daysacks for a walk in the woods, and rucksacks for a more adventurous trek, even packs for sporty activities.
Whatever your requirements, you’ll need quality and reliability.
VANGO TYPHOON HERITAGE
With more than 50 years behind them, Vango have plenty of history to draw on when it comes to new ideas. The Typhoon is a contemporary backpack with a streamlined modern shape combined with retro styling and features that hark back to the past. The Typhoon comes in two sizes (35 and 45L) and despite its heritage look, is packed with the sort of modern features you’d expect from a functional rucksack, including the X-Air back cooling system, sternum strap, adjustable harness and ergonomic hip belt.
EASY CAMP HOUSTON
Easy Camp is an entry-level camping brand, but it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to bags and packs. Its rucksacks are excellent quality for the price and their range of urban daysacks are ideal for campers, with their mix of fashion, function and features. New for this year is the Houston – a smart pack that features a roll-top closure using a buckle and daisy chain.
FJALLRAVEN ULVO 23
If your knowledge of Swedish outdoor specialists Fjallraven is limited to their trendy Kanken backpacks you’re missing out on a world of awesome. As well as bags, their huge range includes clothing, tents and sleeping bags, all with the trademark Nordic combination of style and function. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Scandinavian brand without major emphasis on sustainability. The new Ulvo range of rucksacks is a case in point. It’s made from a new waterproof and extremely durable ripstop fabric called Bergshell, that is made from recycled nylon that reduces reliance on virgin materials. Ideal for light hikes, travel and commuting, the 23-litre capacity Ulvo 23 features a zipped main compartment with a large internal pocket and penholders, a 15” padded laptop sleeve and stretch side pocket. The wide opening means it’s easy to pack and unpack and it has a comfortable padded back panel and shoulder straps with ventilating mesh.
LIFEVENTURE KIBO 25 RFID BACKPACK
In 2019, retro is the new modern it seems. The new Kibo bags from Lifeventure combine heritage-inspired designs with practicality and smart travel features. The water-resistant, waxed cotton canvas, is hardwearing enough for the campsite as well as the daily commute. Kibo bags also feature an RFiD-shielding pocket that protects sensitive data on your credit cards and passports from being accessed or skimmed by fraudsters. The Kibo 25 has a roll-top closure and features a 13” laptop sleeve amd multiple internal compartments and an RFiD shielding pocket for credit cards or travel documents. The range also includes a 22L zip-top backpack, a 42L travel pack and a 50L duffel bag.
Overboard reckon this 22L bag might be the most waterproof roll-top backpack in the world, making it perfect for kayaking and other watersports as well as wet days on the hills. It can actually be submerged for up to 30 minutes without leaking, so should be up to the worst the Great British Summer can throw at it! A neat feature is the built-in valve that releases air when you roll the top up.
THULE LANDMARK 40
Thule is probably best known for car storage equipment like roofboxes and cycle racks, but the company also produces a large range of backpacks and luggage aimed at the outdoor market. The new Landmark 40 features an easy-to-access top-loading compartment for storing small valuables like phones and sunglasses and chargers. The bag also has lockable zippers and a hidden pocket for stashing cash.