If you’re planning an overnighter in the backcountry the Ullr is well worth checking out.

With a 40-litre capacity that will swallow up all you’re likely to need, it also has lots of useful pockets for additional storage of bits and pieces.

The main compartment is accessed either from the top (above which is a detachable and extendable lid with two zipped pockets) or via a huge size zip which allows you to get at stuff at the bottom of the pack, and it also contains a hydration system sleeve which links to an insulated shoulder strap for your hose, whilst there’s an outer avy gear pocket which is also big enough to hold additional gear such as spare layers (this also has a zipped inner security pocket).

Further storage space is available in the form of a zipped side pocket which will hold skins or a water bottle, gloves, etc., and you can carry your skis/board using an A-frame carry system, whilst there’s the option of carrying your helmet in a mesh holder that stows away in the bottom of the pack or you can simply strap it to the upper part of the pack.

There are, of course, ice-axe/pole attachments, and the shoulders straps and harness provide a reassuringly stable carry; the back panel is nicely padded too.

So, despite its rather plain initial appearance the Ullr is a well-thought out pack that works really well for overnighters or days on which you find yourself carrying a lot of gear for one reason or another.

FOR Loads of features, easily carries everything you’ll need for overnight adventures.

AGAINST Rather plain looks may not appeal to everyone.

Helly Hansen Ullr 40l Backpack

©Johan Gustafsson

Manufacturer: Helly Hansen

Price: £74.99


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