I've been looking for a lighter rucksack than my current 17 yr old Lowe (I can't remember the model, but it's a 55+15) And have been looking at the Nanon 50:60 as a replacement. I know all my kit will fit in the old sack at less than 55 litres. So this seems like a suitable replacement.
Has anyone got one, and what do they think of it. I'm looking at being able to carry about 12-15Kg, and want to know how comfortable it is.
The other alternative was one of the Lightwave Ultrhike 60, or Wildtrek 60s. So any info these would be useful too.
I've got the Lowe Alpine Zepton 50, which is out of the same Hyperlite range as the Nanon, and I think it's a brilliant pack. I find it very comfortable and it certainly carries the sort of load you're looking at (better than many similar weight packs imo, it's not skimped on the back system to save weight).
I've tried a couple of Lightwave packs (one a Fastpack, other I can't remember) and not found them at all comfortable. Then again I know friends who find them excellent.
So I guess the conclusion is I'd definitely say it's worth considering the Nanon, but you've really got to try it on loaded up with gear to see if it suits you.
I've a Nanon and I really like it.
As others say, if you can try it on, or get of a site with a returns policy.
I would use for winter trips of 2 days or more. Only if carrying 5 days worth of food do I find that I get near to filling it.
Thanks for the replies folks, now to find somewhere that will do a returns if not suitable type thing. I haven't found many places which do unfortunately.
I'm not bothered about the Trangias they will have to use - I think their stability is a big plus for inexperienced users.
MBF, www.cotswoldsoutdoors.com has a Nanon in their clearance range at the moment, £85. The have a returns policy.
Worth a look.
My Nanon has hipbelt poctkets.
MBF. On Cotwolds site you'll also see Nanon's marked ND, this stands for Nandi Devi (? spelling) and is the 'womens' range. Really means shoulder straps are closer together and colours can be 'brighter'.
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If you're buying on the internet you're covered by Distance Selling Regs (DSRs). These give you rights to cancel a contract and return goods, and are in addition to The Sale of Goods Act (goods should be as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality)
Under DSRs in most cases - buyers have the right to cancel (within 7 days) and return goods for any reason - doesn't fit, not suitable, change of mind etc...it doesn't have to be faulty.
There are some exceptions .... perishable goods and custom made items for instance.
You're entitled to a full refund which includes postage out, but you usually have to pay to return the goods.
Not all internet retailers make your rights to return under the DSRs clear, but it's usually there somewhere in the small print. Sometimes you need to remind them. Every now and then when returning something I still have to point out my right to a full refund including postage.
For more info -Office of Fair Trading
My Nanon has ADF hipbelt, I don't know if it's the same as Zepton, but if I undo buckles, I can thread things like camera, bino. or other small pouches on and then redo, tighten to fit.
Well I've ordered one so I can try it at home with some weight in. I might be over the 7 day thing, as i'm in Malaysia at the moment, so won't get to try it until next week. But if it is anything like my old one it should be fine. That has lasted well, it's just a bit heavy, and starting to fall apart.
It did me ok for a two day trip up on Dartmoor last time home. Just camped at Runnage farm, but did a total of abot 15 miles with full kit. Unfortunately not the lightest weight of pack, but i have to take stuff for the doggy too.
Also got a mini trangia coming, so the weight saving with that over the 27, the sack and a smaller fuel bottle (300ml), should be about 2 Kg. less is always going to be better.
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