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How to Choose an Alpkit Backpack

By Alex Guerrero>

Big backpacks and small ones. Feature full and stripped back. Packs to run, hike, climb, camp and cycle.

We try to design our rucksacks to have work for different activities. But you’ll probably find you will still need at least two rucksacks to cover your various different needs.

Need help choosing an Alpkit backpack? Here’s our rundown.

Our Backpack Range

  1. Artlu 10L running backpack
  2. Skytrail 14L MTB backpack
  3. Gnarl 15L summit daypack
  4. Presta 25L daypack
  5. Ledge 35L mountain daypack
  6. Orion 45L technical climbing pack
  7. Pacific Crest 55 & 65L backpacking and expedition rucksack


Artlu 10l running backpack

For...big fast and light days when you need to carry emergency and a lot of water: when a waist pack is too small, a larger pack is overkill, and you want to access your kit as you run.


3 key features

  • Distributes kit around your torso for access to stuff as you run
  • A snug fit that doesn’t bounce or chafe, conforming to the shape of your body
  • Capacity for Fell Runners Association minimum kit requirements


Skytrail 14L mountain biking backpack

For... big days on the bike when you want hydration on the go and an 11-pocket configuration for all your bits and bobs

Weight: 600g

3 key features

  • Harness fit with a waistbelt and adjustable sternum strap reduces movement
  • Heavily vented back panel and mesh padding for excellent air flow
  • Compressions straps mean main compartment can be cinched


Gnarl 15L backpack

For...carrying essentials on a day out climbing, scrambling hiking or biking; ideal as a multi-pitch summit pack or for travelling

Weight 405g

3 key features

  • Minimalist, uncluttered design makes it ideal for climbing and scrambling
  • Sits high on your back so you can wear it with a harness
  • Hydration sleeve fits a 3-litre bladder


Presta 25L backpack

For... carrying what you need for the day when biking, hiking or running

Weight: 630g

3 key features:

  • Slim and aerodynamic shape with uncluttered exterior for freedom of movement.
  • 3D foam back system with internal stiffener and ventilation channels.
  • Hydration sleeve fits a 3L bladder with a hanging clip and hydration port


Ledge backpack

For... big days in the hills in all four seasons. For carrying your nutrition, hydration and layers on long days

Weight: 910g

3 key features:

  • Top loader closure with drawstring to keep out the elements
  • Extendable top lid gives you space to overstuff, with pockets on top, underneath, on the side and in the hip fins
  • 3D foam with internal stiffener for load bearing and ventilation channels for air flow


Orion backpack

For... carrying all your climbing gear to the bottom of a route then keeping a low profile as you climb to the summit

Weight: 990g

3 key features:

  • Compression straps on the top and sides for carrying your rope
  • Gear loops on the hip belt, hip belt clips behind out of the way when you’re climbing
  • Anodised aluminium ice axe retainers and central pick guard

Pacific Crest

Pacific Crest backpack

What? 55 and 65-litre backpacking and expedition rucksack range>

For... carrying everything you need for multiday backpacking trips including your tent, sleep system and cookware.

Weight: 1.4kg (55L); 1.8kg (65L)

3 key features

  • Hardwearing, water-resistant fabrics with zip away rain cover
  • Stretchy side and hip-belt pockets for easy-access storage on the move
  • Zipped entry at the side and bottom (with divider) for easier packing and less rummaging

Rucksacks and backpacks

Ultralight 13-litre day pack, folds away into its own pocket
6-litre hip pack for carrying riding and running essentials
Hip pack: UK made, weatherproof, 3L
10-litre hyrdation vest giving secure and stable space for essential kit
15-litre multi-activity daypack that's lightweight for high intensity
14-litre mountain bike backpack built for hydration and comfort on the bike
25-litre ultra marathon backpack with space for overnight kit and comfort on the run
25-litre multi-activity daypack that's lightweight, stable and streamlined
35-litre hiking backpack for lightweight 4-season hillwalking and scrambling
45-litre mountaineering backpack for carrying heavy kit in tough environments
55-litre hiking backpack for multi-day trekking, hiking and backpacking
65-litre hiking backpack for multi-day trekking, hiking and backpacking

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