The Best New Rucksacks And Camping Luggage For 2020
Daysacks for a walk in the woods, and rucksacks for a more adventurous trek, even wagons for festivals.
Whatever your requirements, you’ll need quality and reliability and that’s to be found on all these 2020 models
CamelBak REpurpose Pivot backpack
Expect to pay TBC
It looks like 2020 is going to be a big year for more sustainable outdoor products, with many brands keen to promote their green credentials. Best-known for its hydration products, US-based CamelBak is launching its eco-friendly Repurpose label next year. The collection includes a stylish tote bag and a 20-litre backpack, that is made from 50% recycled materials, including 11 recycled plastic bottles. Lightweight and versatile, the Pivot roll-top pack is ideal for day-to-day use, but is technical enough to take out on the hills.
Mammut Ducan Spine backpack
Expect to pay £150
The new Ducan family of backpacks from Swiss outdoor specialist Mammut includes the Ducan Spine 50-60L, a lightweight backpack featuring what it calls Active Spine Technology. Basically the back moves with your body as you walk, evenly distributing the backpack’s weight over the body and providing more freedom of movement for the hips and shoulders. A pocket can be attached either to the shoulder straps or hip belt of the pack and the side pockets are positioned to allow easy access while wearing the pack.
Easy Camp AirTrek 34
Expect to pay £99.99
Easy Camp might be an entry-level camping brand, but it is well-known for its good-quality bags and packs, and its rucksacks are excellent for the price. The new lightweight AirTrek reflects the drive for lighter loads and smaller capacities, weighing in at under 1kg. It promises superb comfort and technical performance from a sculpted fit that hugs the body for stable load-carrying over rough terrain. Despite the competitive price there’s no skimping on features – you’ll find everything here you’d expect on a more expensive model such as an air mesh back system, zip pocket in the top lid, hip and chest belts, padded shoulder straps, stretch side pockets, pole carrying points and more.
Craghoppers 30L rucksack
Expect to pay £100
The new 30L rucksack from Craghoppers is perfect for a weekend walk or a business trip with plenty of space for outdoor kit and a padded sleeve for a tablet or laptop. Made from durable polyester fabric with 60% recycled materials. Anti-theft features include a security pocket with RFID protection, a cut-resistant security panel, and cafe strap. It also features innovative tamper-proof zips – the twin zip fastener locks the bag when the zip heads come together, then only releases when the zips are slid into an inbuilt “garage”.
Vango Ozone 40 rucksack
Expect to pay £85
The new Ozone is ideal for ultralight trekking, hikers and people looking for comfort and lightweight design. The Ozone is made from lightweight 200D Nylon ripstop PU and has a unique load stabilising compression, squashing the load closer to the centre of gravity. It has ample storage to the front and sides in addition to a hip belt storage area and on-the-go walking pole storage.
Fjällräven Vardag 16 backpack
Expect to pay £90
Fjällräven is probably best-known for its trendy Kånken backpacks but there’s much more to the brand than that. Vardag is the Swedish word for ‘weekday’ and the new Vardag 16 certainly lives up to its name as a backpack for everyday use. Inspired by classic Fjällräven backpacks, the bag features a heritage logo from 1974 on the front and straps for a retro feel. Made from G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco S fabric, it’s durable and can be waxed with Greenland Wax for increased weather protection. The adjustable, padded shoulder straps provide the comfort needed for daily use and it even has a foam seat pad inside.
Coleman Camping Wagon
Expect to pay £90
At festivals and on campsites where you can’t park next to your tent, shifting camping gear from your car to the pitch can be hard work. A transporter like this is invaluable. And where they really come into their own is for ferrying youngsters around. Fill the trolley with cushions and blankets and you’ll have an instant portable bed where they can snuggle up while you watch the headliners. Coleman’s new Camping Wagon comes in bright red fabric, has chunky wheels, a wheel lock system to stop it rolling away and elastic straps to keep everything inside. It all folds up into its own carry bag and packs away neatly in the car boot.