The Vango Sherpa 60+10 rucksack is perfect for multi-day hikes, such as Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and camping trips. It has numerous clever features, number one in my book being the back adjustment system. Being able to find a rucksack that fits both me, at 5ft 4, and my husband, at 6ft 2, comfortably is a real bonus.
As already mentioned, the self-adjusting back system is simple and easy to use. It fits a huge range of heights and once set up, doesn't move again unless you want it to. The back system is held in place with robust buckles and straps that tuck away.
The sternum strap is easily adjustable to ensure a comfortable fit for a range of heights, and for both men and women. As a fairly 'busty' woman I've had problems in the past, even with ladies’ rucksacks, where the sternum strap is not generous enough. Having an adjustable sternum strap is far more comfortable.
The waistband is wide and comfortable with a good amount of padding. The waist buckle is robust and does not work loose or come undone. I've thoroughly tested it out by scrambling, and with some jogging on rough terrain since one of my pet hates is waist buckles that can easily slide loose or come undone. You can guarantee it will happen at the worst possible time, whilst scrambling or crossing a river, and I was really pleased to see this buckle holds fast with no movement.
The Sherpa is top opening with a dual buckle system to hold the lid securely in place. There is additional access through the bottom of the pack, perfect for accessing your sleeping equipment quickly and easily.
The rucksack lid has a rear facing zipped pocket with a handy clip inside for attaching valuables. I used it for attaching my camera, it keeps it easily accessible but also adds extra security in case of unknowingly dropping items while unzipping pockets – I have done this many a time! There is also an additional zipped pocket inside the lid providing extra secured storage.
As well as the 60+10 (litre) capacity of the bag, the Sherpa has zipped side storage pockets, a water resistant zipped pocket on the front of the bag for carrying OS maps, as well as a further handy water resistant zipped pocket on the waistband, ideal for carrying your emergency Haribo.
The Sherpa comes with an additional sleep mat attachment that threads through the daisy chains on the front of the bag.
There are also several attachments for walking poles and ice axes.
The Sherpa has several additional safety features, such as a whistle attached to the sternum strap as well as reflective points to aid visibility in low light. Apart from the practical elements of these safety features, they're very handy if you're taking part in an organised hike at night, some of which insist on you carrying a whistle and attaching reflective strips to your rucksack. It saves at least one of the organisational headaches!
A detachable rain cover is located in the base of the rucksack so you don't have to worry about carrying a separate one. The Sherpa is also compatible with most hydration systems.
The rucksack straps use AirMesh technology, which helps eliminate those annoying sweaty patches on the back and waist by allowing a continual steady flow of air.
In summary, the Sherpa 60+10 has some fantastic features that make it a go-to pack for multi-day hiking. At 2.4kg, it's not the lightest bag on the market but it's robust, comfortable and secure and for me those benefits far outweigh the results of shaving a few ounces off the weight. Lastly, just in case you're as fussy as I am about co-ordinating your outdoor kit, the Sherpa comes in three colourways to ensure it matches your boots and favourite woolly hat.