Vango Charge 25 rucksack

A pack aimed at day walkers, whether it’s hillwalking, trailwalking or walking to the gym after work.

Like shoes and bikes, it’s useful to have a rucksack to suit a range of occasions. So I have, among others, a larger winter walking rucksack, a weekend-away rucksack, a trailrunning rucksack and a going-to-meetings rucksack. But I was also looking for a summer walking rucksack. This is where the new Vango Charge 25 comes in.

Vango has brought out two technical daypacks, the Charge 25 and Alto 30. The main difference is five litres of packing space.

Vango Charge 25 day pack

Vango Charge 25 Vango has designed the pack with a main compartment area and a large front pocket that also houses an internal zipped pocket and a couple of smaller non-zipped pockets. To be honest I have never understood what you might put in all these pockets but I guess that there is nothing to lose with more pockets.

The two main pockets are large enough for  stowing essential summer hillwalking kit, including waterproof trousers, a spare baselayer, a lightweight insulated jacket (in a stuff bag), gloves, hat and picnic lunch.

The rucksack is hydration compatible, which means it has an inner elasticated top pocket for a water bladder. There is a built-in “hole” for the bladder tube to exit. The tube extends down along the shoulder strap to be held in place with a short and simple elasticated strap.

In addition, Vango has added a smaller top pocket for valuables. This is zipped and lined with a soft tri-cot fabric. Two meshed side pockets offer a useful place for extra water bottles or general bits and pieces that you require easy access to. Another zipped pocket at the base of the rucksack is where you’ll find a raincover. This pops out to fit over the pack when the rain comes on.

Other key features include:

charge-25back Vango’s patented AirWave back system, which is comfy enough for a day’s walking with lightweight kit.

AirMesh straps, which are well-designed lightweight shoulder straps. There is a useful sternum strap to keep the pack in place while walking.

The pack is made of Excel® 200D Ripstop Nylon with an Excel® 420D Polyester base, weighs 1.16kg and measures 15cm by 26cm by 52cm.

The rucksack is comfortable even when almost fully stuffed. The back and shoulder straps make light work of the carrying. However, I wish the pack came with a wide and more robust waist strap.

The detachable waist strap is made of a thin fabric and would be so much better if it was wider and padded for extra carrying support.

All in all, though, the Vango Charge 25 is a great daypack for shorter outings or days when you do not need so much kit. There are lots of thoughtful features. It will fit men better than women

RRP £40 Buy Vango Charge25

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