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The Who’s Who of Alpkit Backpacks

By Alpkit
23, Jul, 2018

Introducing our 5 new packs - who are they, what are they for, and which one is best for your activities?

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Artlu, Gnarl, Presta, Ledge and Orion.

5 new packs designed to be durable yet lightweight, comfortable yet functional. We wish we had one of each in our gear rooms, but our housemates probably wouldn't thank us so we're going to have to choose... This Spotlight is packed full of information about who they are and what they do so you can decide which backpack best meets your needs.

If you want to know more about the whys and hows of designing our new packs, pop over to designer Ronnie’s packs develop post.

Our 5 new rucksacks for hiking, climbing, biking, scrambling and running


Artlu hydration best product photo
The Artlu hydration vest pack side valuables pocket
A woman in a pink running top wearing the Artlu hydration vest, closeup of shoulder strap system

What? 10 litre hydration pack

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.

When and where? Summertime in the UK and Alpine mountain ranges; the Bob Graham round, UTMB, or Glencoe Skyline…


  • Distributes kit around your torso for access to stuff as you run

  • Really adjustable for a snug fit that doesn’t bounce or chafe

  • Soft mesh back panel that conforms to the shape of your body

  • Capacity for Fell Runners Association minimum kit requirements

  • Back of bag features: internal hydration sleeve, 2 rear compartments, a rear stash pocket, 2 zipped side stash pockets, pole loops.

  • Shoulder straps feature: soft bottle pouch, zipped valuables pouch, 2 x envelope stash pockets, pole retainers, adjustable sternum straps and emergency whistle.


What? 15 litre summit day pack

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

When and where? UK and Alpine mountains, as well as the journeys to and from them


  • Minimalist, uncluttered design make it ideal for climbing and scrambling.

  • Sits high on your back so you can wear it with a harness.

  • Mesh back panel with internal stiffener, single sternum strap at the front.

  • Back of pack features: zipped main compartment with hydration sleeve, zipped external pocket, side stretch stash pockets, pole/axe loops and retainers.

Gnarl summit climbing or day pack product photo
Gnarl rucksack straps and back system


Presta hiking day pack main product image
A woman wearing the Presta hiking day pack and walking in the peak district

What? 20 litre day pack

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

When and where? Fast paced days out on the hill, in the mountains, out on tracks and trails


  • Slim and aerodynamic shape with uncluttered exterior for freedom of movement.

  • 3D foam back system with internal stiffener and ventilation channels.

  • Back of pack features: zipped main compartment with hydration sleeve and valuables pocket, external zipped pocket with key clip, rear and side stretch pockets, zipped hip fin pockets.


What? 30 litre mountain day pack

For… carrying your food, drink, camera, extra layers, waterproofs and camera on long days out in the mountains

When and where? Year-round mountain walking and scrambling in all weather


  • Top loader closure with drawstring to keep out the elements.

  • Extendable top lid gives you space to overstuff, with pockets on top and underneath.

  • 3D foam with internal stiffener for load bearing and ventilation channels for air flow.

  • Hip fin pockets and stretchy side pockets for gear you’ll need on the go.

  • Hydration sleeve and port in the main compartment.

Ledge 30 litre backpack main product image - neutral background
Andy walking from Hathersage with the Ledge 30 litre pack


Orion 40 litre mountaineering backpack product image
Close-up of the extension collar on the Orion 40 backpack

What? 40 litre technical climbing pack

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

When and where? All year round: UK mountain crags, Scottish winter mountaineering and Alpine summertime


  • Top loading main compartment with drawstring to keep out the elements.

  • Extension collar and extendable top lid lets you overstuff.

  • 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.

  • Smooth and soft snow shedding back support with internal stiffener for load bearing.

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