Haglöfs have quite a bit of revamping coming to the pack range. The Intense packs are all discontinued, which I have mixed feelings about as I like them, and are replaced with a wider range of new models bearing the Gram name.
Above and below is the Gram 25, 550g of classic-looking multisport pack. The single buckle lid format is a good move, simple, quick and flexible for packing and stowing kit on the move.
There’s big and easily accessible side bottle pockets, a bungee for external storage, big zipped pockets on the hip fins, lid pocket, external hydration sleeve, reverse-pull waist belt, whistle-buckled chest strap and a back system with ventilation and padding which is surprising for the weight.
The hip fins and shoulder straps are low profile with light padding which should mold to your shape nicely.
You’ll see some bits and pieces attached to the shoulder straps of the Gram packs, there are Haglöfs’ new pack accessories, The Gram bottle Holder, Gram Pouch Large and Gram Pouch Small. The attachement os good, very secure, usability looks good and the bottle pocket is about the best I’ve seen, it’s something I use a lot.
This is the Gram Comp 25, a stripped down and lighter (425g) version of the black pack at the top. The fabric is a lighter, but most of the features remain intact. I can get my hand into the bottle pocket no problem and you can see the compression flap that extends up from the pocket, it’ll keep the pack neat when cinched in but the bottle pocket has a separate bungee so it remains usuable.
The back system is simplified and has no hydration sleeve which is fine by me, but most importantly for me is the back length, it’s a 25 litre pack that fits me properly.
Haglöfs don’t shrink the back length with a smaller capacity, something that happens a lot out there, often leaving me with 20 litre pack with the waist belt that chaffes my nipples.
Good look at the bottle pocket and one of the pouches below.
The Gram 7 is a zipped entry pack with a bungee to take the strain off the zip and hold your gear or bike helmet too. It’s 450g and feels like a tough wee bugger, it’s well speced too, hydration sleeve, proper back system and harness and plenty of internal and external pockets.
That’s the Gram 15 below, similar to the7 above, but with the side bottle pockets of the 25 litre packs and it comes in at 520g. All that packs by the Comp come in blue or black options, they all have reflective detailing sprinkled about them
That’s the Gram 3 above and the Gram 1 below. The 220g 3 is pre-curved which is such an obvious thing to do with a bumbag to get a better fit and make it easier to pack proiperly, but it’s not something I’ve used bore in years of bumbag disappointment. There’s one big comparttmet, two pockets and a bungee for your cagoule.
The Gram 1 is a lightweight delight, 180g with a wide stretchy velcro waistband, angled bottle pocket, two little pockets and looks perfect for a quick blast on the bike or a run on the trails.
The Gram range looks good to me.
Haglöfs have canned the LIM packs and the new Krios looks like the nearest replacement to me. 40L and 28L at 1200g and 1050g isn’t outstanding, but the harness they’ve put on here is worth the weight if you’ve got the 40L pack full for a trip.
The double-entry stretch side pockets are fantastc and one difference to the LIM is that the velcro back adjustment now has markings on it, the old plain style was a nightmare to0 reset after someone had borrowed it and changed it. There’s a womens equivalent called the Lethe Q.
Gus looks pleased with the Roc Rescue. Euro MRT types have been taking to these, basically a load-carrying version of the Roc mountain packs. It’s hard as nails, has easy access with that zip-away from panel and has velcroed pouches attached inside so you can always get to the hip flask of brandy or chocolate buttons instantly.
I’ll never need one, but it looks cool so I want one.
The Zolo 60 and Zolo Q50 are new backpacking sacks, big and beefy at just over 2kg each with a nicely padded and well-shaped harness to match. The shot above shows the side pockets which are nicely quirky, both packs have a stretch mesh pocket on one side and a zipped pocket on the other, security and quick access on the move.
The back system is adjustable, the big central section velcroes off and the shoulders can be moved up and down, that applies to mens and wummins versions.
Here, imagine giving the DofE kids these things instead of the one size fits all canvas covered scaffolding they usually get issued with.