Reviewed in 4th Oct, 2021
The most essential tech of 2021 across rides, home, adventure and more
Mont•Bell’s beautifully designed day-pack marries everything we love about Gorpcore style with highly functional design tweaks, hi-tech materials and performance to match. Despite feeling gossamer thin, this 20-litre roll-top pack is double-lined, with 30-denier rip-stop nylon (100-denier on the base) protecting the outer from tears, while inside, a highly waterproof removable liner keeps everything dry. Heavily padded shoulder straps and a supportive back panel make it comfy for hours, no matter what you stuff into its six storage options – including one for a water bottle, and two stretchy mesh side-pockets.
Altiplano Pack 20
Updated 10/11/21 (EST)
The best tech and design in 2021
Reviewed in 4th Oct, 2021
The best hiking backpacks for mooches, walks and mountain adventures
Reviewed in May 16th, 2021
One for minimalist mountaineers
With its achingly cool Gorpcore aesthetic, WIRED imagines there will be more sightings of this super light, Japanese made, minimalist pack in Soho House than the Swiss Alps, but nevertheless, it is a fantastically designed day pack that marries form and function.
With thick, well-padded shoulder straps, supportive waist-strap and plenty of padding for your upper bag you’ll be comfortable for hours with the Altiplano Pack 20 (£165). There’s a firm board underneath the padding to help keep everything balanced and supportive - and stop the contents of the bag pushing in your back - and while it lacks the structure of the Osprey, or Klattermusen, it does the job.
Having just one main roll-top opening maintains the minimalist aesthetic, and while they haven’t included a main zipped front pocket, there are four generous zippered pouches (two on the waist, two in the shoulder straps that will even take a water bottle) and two discrete super stretchy mesh side pockets. There’s also a latch for walking poles and an internal hydration pack hook.
Despite feeling gossamer thin, the Altiplano is actually double lined and the use of 30-denier rip-stop nylon (100-denier on the base) protects it from tears, and, combined with the roll-top closure also makes it very waterproof. The internal waterproof liner is velcroed into place, and easily removable, great if you want to shave grams of weight on a dry day, or for taking dry kit into the tent while leaving a soaking bag out to dry.
Pros: Stylish; waterproof; practical double-layer; great compression; lightweight
Cons: Warmer than some