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Backpacks Under 30 Litres – Reviewed

If you bike, run, climb or board, you’ll know that often you need a backpack that’s big enough to hold an extra layer, a hydration bladder and an energy bar, and not a lot else. Ideally the pack will be low profile so that it doesn’t hinder movement and versatile so that you can carry an extra water bottle, get easy access to your mobile phone or strap on a helmet. Here we review some of the best backpacks under 30 litres:

Berghaus Twenty Four Seven Plus 25 Rucksack

Berghaus Twenty Four Seven 25L Backpack

A good budget option, the twentyfourseven is Berghaus’ top selling pack. It’s stylish, robust and water resistant with a padded back system and plenty of storage options.

Capacity: 25 litre
Price: £35
Available from: Amazon.co.uk

Hustle II Backpack

Under Armour Hustle II Backpack

At 27 litres the Under Armour Hustle II Backpack is a lot roomier than it looks. A great commuter/day pack that feels like it is made to last. A padded laptop sleeve provides a snug home for a 15″ laptop and water resistant fabric keeps the elements at bay. The lack of a waist strap may put off runners.

Capacity: 27 litre
Price: £35
Available from: Amazon.co.uk

Osprey Talon 22 Backpack

Osprey Talon 22 Backpack

A classic case of “you get what you pay for”, Osprey packs aren’t cheap, but for build quality and well-thought-out features, they’re unsurpassed. The Talon is designed to be the only small backpack you’ll need, whether you’re a biker, hiker or commuter. Reflective graphics make sure you’re seen, comfortable under load despite it’s lightweight construction and features a nifty bike helmet attachment.

Capacity: 22 litre
Price: £80
Available from: Amazon.co.uk

Patagonia Regugio 28l Backpack

Patagonia Refugio 28L Backpack

With a cavernous main section, a laptop sleeve and a fleece-lined sunglasses pocket, the Patagonia Refugio is an ideal dayback for student hikers. Available in four colours.

Capacity: 28 litre
Price: £65
Available from: Amazon.co.uk

Columbia Half Track Backpack

Columbia Half Track Backpack

The Colombia Half Track is equipped with a Backdraft™ ventilated back panel which keeps the 25-litre backpack away from your back. It’s also water resistant, hydration compatible and comes with a padded laptop sleeve making it an extremely versatile pack.

Capacity: 25 litre
Price: £75
Available from: Amazon.co.uk

The North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack

The largest pack in this lineup, The North Face Borealis is a 29 litre day pack with airmesh back, laptop sleeve & mesh water bottle pockets. Great for commuting, weighing in at 1.2 kg it’s lightweight and comfortable.

Capacity: 29 litre
Price: £74.99
Available from: Amazon.co.uk

Deuter Race Backpack

Deuter Race Backpack

Ideal for winter training as the pack has a reflective strip and there’s a high vis rain cover. The 10 litre capacity means you can fit a waterproof jacket in and other essentials but maintain a low profile. Sold as a cycling pack, but the fit is good enough to run with. Side mesh pockets provide extra storage, and there’s also room inside for a 2 litre hydration bladder. Available in 3 colourways.

Capacity: 10 litre
Price: £40
Available from: Amazon.co.uk

OMM Last Drop 10L Backpack

OMM The Last Drop Backpack

Weighing just 350g, The Last Drop is a slim, lightweight pack. The ten-litre capacity is not huge, but ample for trail running and the back pad neatly doubles up as a mat you can sit on.

Capacity: 10 litre
Price: £37.00
Available from: Amazon.co.uk