By curious coincidence, Karrimor has a new rucksack designer who just happens to be American... If you look at the Hydro packs, for example, there are actually marked similarities to some of the US-made designs, though, as far as I know, the big packs still haven't been touched.
You don't mention Berghaus, but I know that their larger rucksacs are about to get a thorough and needed re-design - see our reports from the Harrogate trade show next month.
Finally, just sticking up for at least one British design, the Craghoppers WP65 actually has a pretty good hip-belt design with decent anatomical design, dual-density foam etc. It's still a little on the heavy and over-designed side of things and some people have misgivings over flex in the fibregalss reinforcements for the back system with really heavy loads, but I've found it very comfortable in use.
Posted: 28/08/2001 at 12:18