At a time when the humble trail pack tends to come with more bells and whistles than R2D2’s soundcard, Topo Designs has stripped it back to its essentials features – comfort, durability and a look that doesn’t yell “try-hard”.
Do I need 17 pockets in my pack for gels, energy bars, fluids, bandages, compass, phone and early warning missile defense system? And if it’s meant for survival, then what’s with all the flimsy nylon and the cheap ‘n’ nasty straps and fasteners? I often ask these questions when I look at modern backpacks. No need with Topo Design’s Trail Pack, a no-fuss design that looks like it’s built for work. It has a durable Cordura® body, with one zippered exterior pocket and an inner padded laptop sleeve with organizer pocket.
If you want organize your knick-knacks some more, there are paracord accessory loops. Topo has gone for lightweight pack straps made from heavy-duty seatbelt webbing for a secure and comfortable fit – you know it makes sense. The main compartment has an easy-access cinch top closure with an adjustable aluminum hook to keep the hood secured, and the classic look always holds its shape.
Hiking is meant to be a simple pleasure – this pack keeps it that way.