When Mountain Warehouse asked if I wanted to review one of their rucksacks it was actually good timing: an old faithful (slightly smaller) backpack for jaunts on the moors around me had given up the ghost. I went for the Merlin 35 Litre rucksack: both for size (for sticking the DSLR in when the weather changed) but also because it had good reviews on the site.
The rucksack came with me on January on the Snowdon In The Snow trip. But I didn’t get to use it, son Joe had by then got an eye on it so I used one of my other packs and he used the Merlin. It’s been on a couple of other trips since then, so my aggregated feedback (mine and Joe’s) is that it’s a great pack for the cost, lots of pocket space, sturdy zips and comfortable straps.
The rucksack is now with Joe as it also has a laptop pocket – not what you want to be carting about on the moors but for his urban living, it works well. And when he’s pining for the hills, he can head out of Manchester and use it as a daypack.
The group shot of us on Snowdon shows Joe (on the end at the right) wearing the rucksack:
The group shot is great but is a terrible ‘kit shot’ – so here is the rucksack in more detail: