Furygan Phantom rucksack, £99.95
Time tested: Three months/600 miles
What’s good? I chose this rucksack because of its generous laptop pocket. It’s got a deep, well-padded pouch that holds two laptops, with space left over. The main pocket isn’t huge, as the ‘narrow at the bottom’ shape of the bag makes it awkward to fit large stuff into it. However, it’ll easily hold a change of clothes, a pair of shoes and everything I need for a day out. It’s easy to get hold of everything, too, especially with the handy pockets on the side. The padded and lined sunglasses pocket on the top of the bag is a nice touch, as is the change pocket built into the waist strap. It’s got a pull-out rain cover that fits well and does a good job of keeping out the rain.
What’s not? At nearly £100 it’s far from the cheapest rucksack on the market. That’s a lot of cash when a lot of its rivals are half that amount, but when you have it in your hands it feels like it’s worth the money – it’s a properly solid piece of kit.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 3/5