If the volume is enough it’s not a bad pack, especially given the low cost

Vango is another company whose litres are smaller than others as the Nanga doesn’t hold as much as other 60-litre packs. The well-padded, stiffened hipbelt is especially good as it’s comfortable with heavy loads. The internal frame transmits the weight to the hipbelt well too. The shoulder harness yoke is a bit harsh and feels slightly rough against the back over thin clothing. This yoke slides up and down a central frame bar to give quite a range of positions.

There’s only one back length though. The pack has a large rear panel that unzips from the bottom and gives good access to the contents plus four external pockets. The lid pocket, which has a water-resistant zip, is quite roomy but the other pockets are on the small side. This matters less due to the front panel as it’s easy to get at items in the main body of the pack. The Nanga is quite heavy for a pack this size

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Reviewed in October 2015 issue