The Craghoppers 65 litre Rucksack is a basic but solid hybrid pack that will be a great companion for any first time backpacker about to set off on their first around the world adventure.
Like many modern packs the Craghoppers Worldwide Rucksack is definitely more of a hybrid than a traditional top loader backpack, which means that it has a full suitcase style opening, complete with a suitcase style bin and straps in the main compartment, but also has the separate bottom compartment and design of a traditional backpack. This rucksack can also be converted into a holdall type bag too for those who for some inexplicable reason prefer to carry their bags that way.
On the whole however, this is still a backpackers backpack in both design and function.
This pack only comes in 65 litre options, which is more than enough to take you on your gap year. Be aware however that the detachable daysack is roughly 10 litres of that, which means that the main pack will be around 55 litres. This is still more than enough space for most travellers, but is just something to be aware of when buying it as you probably won’t be using the daysack as part of your main packing space.
The weight of the whole pack when empty is approximately 2.45 kg, which isn’t bad at all, and the size of the main pack is 60 X 27 X 36 cm whilst the detachable daysac is 42 X 26 X 14 cm.
I’ve grown fond of the full suitcase style opening packs in recent years after being used to top loader backpacks for a long time, and the opening in this backpack is great. The zips open all the way around the main compartment and there is more than enough room for all your kit and a packing cube or two to help you organise it all. What I like about this pack is that even though it has the suitcase style bin, it still retains its backpack credentials and has a fully enclosed bottom section which helps you organise your kit even more.
Fitting in with the suitcase style, the inside of the ‘lid’ of the pack has a large, zipped mesh pocket that is large enough to hold a fair amount of clothing or other items. Again this is great when you need to organise all your kit.
One downside to this rucksack – which is a common feature among this type of hybrid pack – is the complete lack of side pouches. I miss side pouches! They are infinitely useful on a gap year but they always seem to be completely overlooked and is one of the main reasons that are stopping hybrid packs from being perfect!
Fit and comfort.
The Craghoppers Worldwide 65 litre rucksack is really comfortable to carry for long periods, even when full. That is the overriding point that almost makes everything else incidental!
The pack is well balanced and the essential waist support – whilst not the most padded I have ever seen – is still very comfortable alongside the padded straps and back. The airflow system functions as well as any I have tried out and adds to the comfort factor.
This is a 65 litre pack and fits my frame very well indeed, however it should really go without saying that if your height, build and frame is not suitable for a 65 litre pack, then it won’t be ideal for you and you should get something a little more suitable for you. For those who can carry this size of pack however it is fantastically well built and feels good on your back when full.
Unfortunately there are no integral security features. This isn’t a damning condemnation as very few packs do but it would be nice to see more packs take this into consideration. If you want security on this pack then you will have to fall back on the perennial backpacker stock items of padlocks and a pacsafe or a cable lock. Fortunately the zips do have the capacity to have a small padlock fed through them.
Being a hybrid pack, the Worldwide Rucksack is loaded with relevant features.
A really handy feature is the hidden cover that can be zipped up during transit to completely hide the backpack straps. Ostensibly this is to help convert the whole pack into a holdall along with the supplied shoulderThe sp strap. I’ll be honest I have zero interest in carrying a holdall and this feature is completely irrelevant to me as a backpacker. However, the cover is perfect for protecting and covering the straps during airline transit, which can help protect the pack from damage done by the airport carriage procedures. The cover has two zips that goes around the entire pack to seal it up, and it folds away neatly in the bottom of the pack when not needed.
In the same compartment as the strap cover there is also a handy rain cover, meaning that when you use both together your pack – and your gear inside – is completely protected.
A small feature in both the main pack and the daysack is a small zippered pocket near the top of each compartment. These are pretty small and to be honest when I first saw them I wasn’t sure if they would be of any use at all. However during my trip with the pack I actually found them really useful to carry all the small bits and items such as coins, keys or earphones and still have easy access to them. This was a seriously nice little touch.
The detachable daysack is one of the best I have seen on a pack of this type.
When attached to the main pack itself, the daysack is strong and completely secure, with a zip that completely covers three of the sides and completely hides and protects the shoulder straps. When attached, it does make the main pack a little bit top heavy which can be awkward sometimes when trying to stand it upright, but isn’t really a huge problem.
When you need to take it off for exploring your new surroundings, for carry on during transit or for an adventurous trek or hike, the daysack performs admirably in all circumstances.
There is enough space inside to carry all that you need (I managed to squeeze a change of clothes, some ablution stuff, a book, a fleece and a raincoat inside for an overnight mountain hike!) Yet it is still small enough to be completely portable and is a perfect size for carry on when flying as it can even fit under your seat, unlike some of the ridiculously oversized hard cases airlines allow people to carry on now.
And another feature I love is the stretch mesh pockets for carrying water bottles, they are actually stretchy! Far too often on other packs these pockets are not big enough and do not stretch enough to easily accommodate your water bottle, these pockets are roomy, stretchy and secure. It seems like a small detail I know, but trust me it makes a huge difference!
The straps themselves are basic but functional, and there is a small amount of padding on the back which won’t win any awards for airflow but makes the pack easy and comfortable to carry.
The Craghoppers Worldwide 65 litre rucksack is a good, solid hybrid rucksack that would be a great choice for anyone setting out on their first gap year or round the world adventure.
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