22 February 2018
+ The comfortable mesh back system is well-balanced but allows ample ventilation, while the frame effectively transfers load to the hips and lumbar area. The pack has lots of well thought-out features. This includes two good-sized hip belt pockets and big zip-pull tabs, as well as plastic webbing keepers to stop straps flapping around and storage for glasses on the shoulder harness.
- Fairly heavy, tipping the scales at just over a kilo.
VERDICT The Free Span back system is a serious frame for a relatively small 24-litre pack, able to cope with heavy loads, making this an impressive all-rounder.