Why We Chose It: Eco-friendly, functional
Jack Wolfskin have gone to some impressive lengths to make sure this pack’s impact on the environment is as low as possible. But what’s perhaps even more impressive is that those efforts towards sustainability haven’t been at the detriment to the pack’s performance, as can often be the case.
What’s It Best Suited To?
The Eco Loader’s 24-litre capacity makes it the perfect size for any day-long outdoor escapes. You’ll comfortably be able to fit your lunch, a few warm layers and a thermos flask inside with space for any extras as well. I can see myself mainly using this for hikes, but I’ve also found it suitable as a running pack as well. There are also traits that I think will suit climbers too.
Aside from the impressive eco-credentials (which I’ll get to in a bit), the most eye-catching thing about this bag has got to be that main zip. While it might be unconventional, the design is actually quite useful, with the four zip toggles giving you the potential to open up the top, or the base, or you can open up the whole front of the pack if you’re really struggling to find that loose headtorch.
This long zip is a potential flash point for water ingress, but fortunately there’s a waterproof cover stowed in the base so you can keep the pack covered up when any rain arrives.