The Altai is a lightweight pack at a reasonable price. It’s at the lower end of the capacity range but fine for short backpacking trips with compact gear. The back system is okay with 12-15kg loads but not more as the hipbelt and shoulder straps aren’t that padded. The wire frame is supportive and the mesh-covered back panels comfortable. There’s only one size for men and one for women and the back system isn’t adjustable so it does need to fi t. The men’s model is just long enough for me. The pack is made from robust ripstop materials that should prove durable. There are plenty of pockets but they’re not very big. The front pouch doesn’t stretch, which is a shame as it limits its usefulness. I do like the clip-on compression straps which can easily be extended to cover the front of the pack for reducing the volume or strapping on bulky items. If the capacity is enough and it fi ts, the Altai is a good choice, especially given the weight and cost.
Pros: Light weight, low cost, configurable compression straps
Cons: Pockets could be larger
CAPACITY: 50 litres RECOMMENDED: MAX.LOAD not given MATERIALS: 420D ripstop nylon/420D Oxford nylon/840D Ballistic nylon CLOSURES: lid with single buckle COMPARTMENTS: 1 BACK: internal frame, foam panels SIZES: 1 men, 1 women HIPBELT: foam POCKETS: 1 external lid, 1 internal lid, front pouch, 2 stretch side, internal hydration FEATURES: configurable compression straps, trekking pole loop STATED WEIGHT: 1350g TGO WEIGHT: 1350g VOLUME-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: 18.5/500 PRICE: Ј120 WEBSITE: www.kathmandu.co.uk