Hi Gear 80+15L Backpack Review.
After doing a bit of online research and visiting Cotswolds, GoOutdoors, Blacks, and other shops that sell outdoor equipment. I came across the Hi Gear 80+15L Backpack in GoOutdoors, Loughborough. It seemed to offer exactly what I needed. I purchased the Hi Gear 80+15L based on volume, rather than on cost or brand name. I am so impressed with it, I decided to write a Hi Gear 80+15L Backpack Review. There are other branded backpacks, but I felt the design of The Hi Gear 80+15L (also known as the Hi Gear Long Haul Travel Pack 80+15) and layout of the pockets and straps would better suit my needs. I ideally needed a compartment where I could store my camera equipment without fear of it being damaged by other bulky items that I had to carry. There is a optional expandable zipped section at the back of The Hi Gear 80+15L that is ideal for storing anything that is fragile. It gives you the option to keep something separate from the contents of the main compartment. (ideal for my camera equipment) This section can also be unzipped and used as a daypack. (two backpacks for the price of one)
The bottom compartment housed my Vango Latitude 200 sleeping bag comfortably with room to spare. Although there is a zip to access this section. You can also access the bottom section from the main compartment via a internal drawstring. Outside of the bottom compartment are two straps, these easily accommodated my GO Outdoors Sleep Easy Self Inflating Mat, and held it tight in place throughout my trek.
After packing the main compartment, I couldn’t believe that I had room to spare. To give you an idea of what the main compartment can accommodate. Here is a list of what I had packed, just in the main compartment.
|Contents of main compartment|
|Berghaus Peak 3.1 Tent||Saucepan|
|2 Litre Water Bottle||Extreme Down Padded Jacket|
|Ordnance Survey Map||Hanging Night Light|
|Waterproof Jacket||Waterproof Trousers|
|Head Torch||Spare Socks|
|Drinking Mug||Hat & Gloves|
|2 Torches||Toilet Paper|
I was overall impressed with what the Hi Gear 80+15L could accommodate in the main compartment. There was also space left for some bits & bobs!
There are also four netting pockets, two on each side. They were very handy for carrying my drinking bottle and provided easy access to small items . This backpack also has some very useful straps on either side. One was ideal for securing my tripod and keeping it in a sturdy position as I scrambled up and down.
The back carrying system was great. It offers a padded adjustable back system with stow away shoulder straps, which I found very comfortable on my shoulders. There is also thick padding at the bottom, again this made it feel very comfortable on my lower back. As the back system is adjustable, it allowed me to alter it to suit my body.
Finally. Over all, I found the Hi Gear 80+15L Backpack a very good product that suited my needs. It accommodated all my equipment, kept it securely in place, but the main point being, it was very comfortable on my back. I must give credit to Hi Gear deserve credit for producing this great backpack!
I’d also like to add that I can highly recommend the boots in the top photograph. Berghaus Men’s Expeditor AQ Trek Walking Boots They are very comfortable.
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