Karrimor Hot Rock 30 Day Pack
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Karrimor Hot Rock 30 Day Pack Karrimor Hot Rock 30 Day Pack
Hot Rock 30 Day Pack

Vital Statistics:

Colours:
Black/Elite Grey, Elite Grey/Ghost, Amethyst/Ghost, Fire/Elite Grey

Weight:
850gms

SRP:
£45.00

Karrimor says:"Designed with the urban adventurer in mind and packed with technical features the Hot Rock 30 boasts the perfect blend of performance and style."

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

I've used the Hot Rock on a variety of day-walks now and have been very impressed.

The main compartment is easy to get at and there's a separate zipped hydration system stowage space.

There is a good number of pockets; there's a decent-sized one on the lid where I had my OS map, head-torch, first aid kit and camera tripod. There are also 2 elasticated side pockets (no closures) for drinking bottles, a flask or even an apple.

All the zips seem quite substantial and all have good sized toggles so they were easy to use with gloved hands. I haven't worn the backpack in heavy rain so haven't yet tested the water-proofness of the zips - or the rest of the pack. However - all the seams are taped and double stitched seams which will help in stemming the ingress of water. However - I always put my stuff in in black bags anyway - which I definitely recommend no matter what the manufacturer's claims.

Perhaps most importantly - the backpack was extremely comfortable all day.

The compression straps meant I could stabilise the load well.

I was particularly impressed with the hip-belt. Firstly - it stayed securely shut. Also despite the fact that it didn't appear to have a huge amount of padding - it really was comfortable. The relatively wide shoulder straps are also cleverly padded - but the hip-belt really did its job in keeping the load away from that area anyway.

As is increasingly common these days, the chest strap does include a gps holder - which is really handy.

The back system kept its shape well and did allow for a high degree of air circulation. It too is nicely padded. The fabric feels like it should be relatively tear-resistant - but time will tell.

Buying Advice:

Whilst it's not big enough for overnight wild camping trips, its light weight and all-round comfort means that the Hot Rock is rapidly becoming my rucsac of choice for all year round day walks.




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