Marts said:No experience of the Arktis I'm afraid, but I do have the rocketpack and have found it slightly too small for longer trips, especially with food in tow.
I am currently considering getting the Snugpak bergen - This is a 70l central rucksack, which I assume I can transfer the rocketpak side pockets onto. This would give me about 100l as opposed to the current 70l. It also seems to be alot cheaper that the Karrimor versions.
pinty said:@Marts - i really should warn you away from the snugpak bergen, i bought one and had to return it. it is lightweight, but the material is flimsy. you can hold a section of it in your hands and pull, stretches like lycra. the waist belt is useless, i don't think it was ever intended to actually be used, since the ruck is designed to fit over webbing. the side pouches are PLCE compatible, in that the zips are in the right places, but the snugpak pouches are actually shorter than the PLCE side pouches. this means that while you could use your snugpak pouches on a PLCE bergan, if you tried to use PLCE pouches on the snugpak bergan, they would be too tall, and it wouldn't really work.
while snugpak make great softie jackets, i think you'd be better off getting an ex-issue bergan in dpm/olive, they're tough and cheap at £15-£35.
as for arktis, i've heard that their kit is made in the same factories which produce webtex, just with a different label sewn on. highlander make good cheap daysacks.
as for arktis, i've heard that their kit is made in the same factories which produce webtex,