The rucksack I’ve used most over the past 20 years, is my Lowe Alpin Snowpeak 50, originally bought for a trip to the
Alps, it’s been my companion on pretty well every trip to the mountains since then. At 1429g including the polythene liner, it provides plenty of scope for weight saving, unfortunately my search for a new pack has been hampered by the limited numbers of short back length packs on sale. I’ve tried various women’s versions of sacks but although the back length is fine, they are too narrow at the shoulder and the straps cut into my neck. I’d also like a smooth, shaped back as the more exotic shapes, particularly the ones with a foam pads in the hip area cause problems with my lower spine and sacroiliac joints.