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Nigor Moyo Pack | Review

The Moyo's an ultra-lightweight backpack that's also deceptively tough thanks to the use of super strong, but light, top-end Dyneema fabric.

‘With a weight of just 330g you’d expect the Nigor Moyo to be a touch fragile, but the use of Dyneema fabric ups the durability ante. You’ll need to commit to all-round lightweight kit for it to work though.’

Outdoors Magic: Very, very light. Tough fabrics. Less spartan than it looks wth stash pockets and stowage cords. Packs small for summit use.

Outdoors Tragic: No padding means careful packing needed. Doesn’t deal well with ‘full weight’ kit.

Outdoors Grabbit? The Moyo’s key claim to fame is that it’s impressively light, but still decently tough thanks to the use of Dyneema fabric normally specced on high-end climbing packs. And while there’s no lid or back system, you do get three handy stash pockets, a hydration sleeve and handy shock-corded stowage come compression. All nicely done too. The minimal design calls for lightweight loads and careful packing using foam to add some support. Not for everyone, but if you want light and minimal without fragility, there’s not much else to compare.

 

 

Full Specification

Ultra-lightweight daypack / Dyneema fabric / space mesh shoulder straps / three stretch mesh stash pockets / zip-open top access / shock-cord stowage / hydration sleeve / detachable waist-belt

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Access is by zip-open flip top with a neat water-resistant zip adding sleekness - Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)
Lightweight and minimal maybe, but you still get three stretch stash pockets for bottles and other sundries - Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)

Nigor Moyo Pack | Performance

The general issue with lightweight kit is invariably durability, but while there are lighter packs out there than the Moyo – Sea To Summit’s Ultra Sil daypack for example – Nigor kicks that bugbear over the stands and into the car-park by using ultra-tough Dyneema fabric more commonly seen on top-end climbing packs.

You get some features too: hydration sleeve, three stash pockets and shock cord attachment system mean it’s more than just a Dyneema shopping bag with straps on. But the super minimalist back system – there isn’t one – means you either have to pack with devilish cunning or – as we did – improvise a foam pad using an old sleeping mat.

There’s an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir plus an outlet and retainers on each shoulder strap – Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)

Do that and the bag’s surprisingly comfortable as long as you keep the weight down. That means you need to commit to a lightweight shell, other accessories and lightweight water too… speaking of which, a full hydration reservoir adds handy padding, but obviously only on a temporary basis.

Stuff like the pockets makes it surprisingly functional as a general daypack too. You can stash bottles, gloves, hats and so in with minimal effort.

The other market for the Moyo is as an easy to stow summit pack for climbers who need a big pack to haul loads into basecamp, but want something light and functional to carry spare clothes and other basics for a lightweight summit push. And we’re not talking a potter up Snowdon.

For that it’s near ideal and rolls away to something the size of a water bottle when not needed.

The distinctive checked Dyneema fabric is claimed to be 'twice as strong as KEVLAR® and ten times as strong as steel at its weight' - Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)

Nigor Moyo Pack | Verdict

‘Light, tough, cheap – pick two’ as the classic mountain bike component saw goes and the same applies here, which is why the Moyo retails for 99.95 euros on the Nigor website.

The flip-side to that is that the fabric seems to be as tough as old boots and despite the minimalism of the pack, you still get enough functionality that it’s more than just a glorified shopping carrier.

The minimal back system and basic straps mean that it demands both that you commit to lightweight kit all round and you devote a certain amount of effort to either packing very, very carefully or adding your own additional padding.

Do that – we used a cut-up or maybe cut-down foam mat – and stay light and the Moyo’s perfectly comfortable as an all-round pack. It’s also an excellent choice as a simple, tough and stowable summit pack on bigger mountains.

Not for everyone, but good at what it does.

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