Lifeventure Dakar 30 Day Pack
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Dakar 30 Day Pack
Lifeventure says:"This is the perfect, simple pack for day trips - whether it's on the hills or seeing the sites. There is room enough for spare clothing and all your essential bits and pieces, this is a no nonsense daysack."
Features to Note:
- Hidden zippered passport pocket (against back for additional security)
- Secure back panel entry to main compartment (situated behind shoulder straps)
- Zip away bottle pocket on side
- Removable webbing hip belt
- Spacer mesh back panel providing excellent all season comfort and ventilation
- Fleece lined loft pocket
- Lockable zips
- Manufactured from 75% recycled materials.
- i-TRAK enabled via unique id code plus internet/email/phone tracking system
- 2% of ticket price contributed to registered environmental projects
The Lifeventure Dakar 30 daypack fitted comfortably. There's a good range of adjustability in the padded straps plus a chest strap. (A minor annoyance was that it wasn't easy to tidy away the end of the chest strap which therefore tended to flap around.) The pack back is well padded and includes meshing which helped with ventilation. There's an unpadded hip belt.
The access to the main compartment is excellent and - rather cleverly - is from behind the straps which means the pack can't be opened unbeknown to you whilst you're wearing it. There are side compression straps to help in stabilising the pack when it's not full.
There are numerous options for organising your stuff via the variety of additional pockets and compartments - 3 on the front (where there's also a zipaway bottle carrying pocket) plus a fleece lined one on top of the lid. The vertically opening pocket on the front is large enough to take a folded OS map.
The Dakar isn't hydration pack compatible nor does it have means of attaching walking poles.
There's no integral rain cover so you'd need to pack your gear in a waterproof (or bin) liner inside - which I always do anyway.
We didn't have information on the material density but it feels reasonable strong and - as with other products in this range - the Dakar 30 comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The Lifeventure Dakar 30 has a number of great travel features (eg well hidden passport pocket, i-trak enablement, lockable zips). Whilst it certainly can be used as a day pack for walking, it does lack some features (hydration compatibility, walking pole attachment, light weight) you'd find on a daypack designed specifically for walking & hiking. However, if you're looking for a good value, combination product from a manufacturer with great environmental credentials, then take a look at the Dakar 30.
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