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Haglöfs Vina 40 backpack: gear review

Compact, sophisticated and versatile this hiking backpack from Swedish brand Haglöfs will serve you as a carry-on, camping pack or trekking bag

Haglofs Vina 40 backpack

Haglöfs Vina 40 backpack: What is it?

A super-compact, high-functioning backpack that's designed for fast-paced hikes and treks, but performs equally well on short city breaks, backpacking trips and weekends away camping. It's durable and sustainable: the build – part ripstop polyamide, part oxford polyester – is built to last, and it's also bluesign® approved, which means no harmful substances are used in the entire manufacturing process.

Haglöfs Vina 40 backpack: Why do I need it?

If you're looking for a tidy, sleek but surprisingly capacious package for weekends away, this is it. Weighing in at just over 1kg, and conforming to airline carry-on guidelines, it'll serve you well for getaways where a suitcase won't cut it. But it's in outdoor pursuits that the Haglöfs Vina 40 excels – and you'd expect no less from a brand this entrenched in Nordic mountaineering culture. On camping trips, the Vina will snugly store a sleeping bag in its front mesh pouch, and it's easy to lash sleeping mats and other extras (like hiking poles, ice axes or, er, BBQ tongs) to the many straps and elastic loops on the front and sides of the bag. The main pocket is easy to access, with a side zip that stops you having to root around for clothes on the go.

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Beyond that, you've got loads of pockets for organising smaller items, from the standard water pocket on the side to a zippered valuables pouch in the belt, and another secret quick-stow pocket in the top of the bag. And because this was designed with trekking in mind, you've got solid, structured back support with trampoline-taut airflow venting to stop your back getting soaked in sweat. Your t-shirts – and the people you're travelling with – will thank you later.

Haglöfs Vina 40 backpack: Should I buy it?

If you're looking for a high-quality, sustainable and multi-use backpack to take away on trains, planes, or squeeze between your legs in the back of a car or bus, then yes. You'll be able to travel without worrying about fitting everything into an average-sized rucksack, but benefit from the compact, organised size of the Vina 40 compared to other trekking packs.

The Haglöfs Vina 40 backpack is available for £120. The backpack is also available in 20-litre and 30-litre size, if you're looking for something smaller and more streamlined.