Gregory Z35/Jade 34
+ A wide-access front zip, substantial hipbelt and rain cover. The curved mesh back system is airy and adjustable.
– The curved back compromises internal space and the lower side compression straps cut across the side pockets, making them more difficult to use.
VERDICT: A fiddly pack to get used to, with hip pockets too small for a compact camera. It’s also at the higher end of the scale, weight- and price-wise.