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Thule Capstone 50 backpack review

Testing the Thule Capstone 50 backpack for our review turns into an adventure: a trip to the Amazon rainforest and being attacked by a pack of Ecuadorian dogs!

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First Ascent Crescent Review

This just-released 23-litre lightweight daypack is aimed at those undertaking hikes up to a full day and bike-to-work commuters. It doesn’t suppose you will or won’t be using a bladder and gives you the option of getting one of your own choice or simply using standard water bottles (750ml or even bigger), which are securely stowed in the two side pockets with clip fasteners preventing them taking an unnoticed dive into the undergrowth. If you […]

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First Ascent Nucleus Review

When we showed the Lizard’s new 28-litre daypack to an internationally competitive adventure racer, his first remark was that it was far heavier than models he races with. But he also said that top-end AR packs sacrifice strength for lightness and their flimsy materials disintegrate after two 500km expedition distance races. Essentially you’re pitting a burn-out-fast sports car against a go-on-forever 4×4 overland vehicle if you compare them. This isn’t a pack you’ll run trail […]

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FIRST ASCENT artemis

First Ascent Artemis LOCAL HAS BEEN A MANTRA OF SA COMPANIES FOREVER but it’s amazing how many products are still not produced by SA-owned companies. Hydration packs have traditionally been imports from US companies, barring a few low-volume home industry attempts. Enter First Ascent and its new range of MTB and trail run backpacks, and that looks set to change.

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