A light rucksack for active days on the trails.
If youâ€™re heading out for a fast-paced hike or run in the countryside this summer, you wonâ€™t want to carry more weight than you need to. One essential item is a lightweight rucksack that is big enough to fit important kit, such as water, snacks and spare clothes, but isnâ€™t so big that it adds bulk to your back.
The Jack Wolfskin Ham Rock 16 rucksack is part of the brandâ€™s Active Trail series and offers a stripped-back product for lightweight activities. The main part of the rucksack adds up to a single chamber zipped at the top and with a large internal open-topped pocket that is perfect for holding a camelback hydration system, or similar.
Thereâ€™s a straightforward zipped front pocket for keys and valuables, two mesh side pouches and a clipped outer storage area for a helmet. I usually put a rain jacket in here for easy access if the weather turns.Â In addition, there is a rain cover that is stuffed into a lower zipped pocket and, usefully, this can be removed altogether from the rucksack if youâ€™re sure it is going to be dry (on a run overseas, for example.)
I like the added high-visibility reflective detailing, which will make the rucksack useful on darker mornings and evenings; the useful taped strip for adding a clipped LED light; and the emergency whistle integrated into the a chest strap clip.Â The back system has been designed to be comfortable but also lightweight and with good ventilation.
The Jack Wolfskin Ham Rock 16 rucksack is made from Cross Rip 100D, which is a 100 per cent polyamide and therefore an extremely light and durable fabric. The pack weighs a reasonably light 610g.
Running with the Â Jack Wolfskin Ham Rock 16 rucksack
The rucksack is fairly easy to adjust to fit. I am a slim female so I needed to pull all the straps â€“ shoulders, chest and waist â€“ in tightly to make a snug fit. I like the way the end fitments ensure there are no loose straps flapping around.
As a female, I found that the chest strap comes too low over my chest but for men this wouldnâ€™t be an issue. I would have preferred more leeway to move the chest strap up the shoulder straps.Â The waist strap is extremely minimalist and normally I would prefer a couple of waist strap pockets but the payback is lightness.
With water, snacks and a couple of spare clothing items inside, the rucksack felt secure and comfortable while running. I donâ€™t like a rucksack to move around or rustle and the Jack Wolfskin did a pretty good job of staying put and being quiet.Â The deep side pockets are great for stowing a water bottle â€“ they have no chance of falling out from the upward and downward movement of running â€“ and I made good use of the pocket for my camelbak bladder and tube.
If you only need a small rucksack for a short outing in spring or summer, the Jack Wolfskin Ham Rock 16 ticks all the boxes and offers a lovely lightweight pack.Â Buy from various outdoors retail shops including Cotswold Outdoor, where it sells for Â£45.