For many years I've been using a Deuter Speed Lite 20 pack for summer hill walking and it's been excellent for that. However, for the last couple of years I've also been using it more and more for mountain biking and for that it has not been quite as good -- it shifts about a bit and the single main compartment layout means the contents tend to slosh around together. It has now reached the end of its life following a close encounter with some rocks on the north loop at Whinlatter, so I was wondering if anybody has any recommendations for a replacement. What I'm looking for is something rather more geared to mountain biking, but also good for summer walking. Cheers all.
I like the Black Diamond Storm head torch a lot. Waterproof, not too heavy, uses widely available batteries and throws out a great beam for night walking, yet offers lower power options as well. It's not the brightest, nor the lightest, but I find it a happy compromise.
The short gaiters never seem to stay in place that well for me, and of course it's easier for stuff to go over the top of them. I've been using Rab Hispar gaiters for a good few years and they've been very good. Not quite sweat free, but I've never found the build-up of moisture to be a problem.
I have used the newer Mantas for a couple of summer walks, when I didn't have any other decent footwear to hand (or foot), but I wouldn't generally wear them for this purpose. It's not to much their weight, but their stiffness and a general feeling of not having much feel for the ground.