Lundhags Gnaur 75 RS, a masterpiece for the long-distance trekker
Comfortable carrying system
The Lundhags Gnaur is the backpack for longer treks with a carrying system that is fully adjustable according to the length of your back. It comes in three different sizes regarding volume, 60 l, 75 l and 90 l and each of them also have one version for longer persons and one for shorter. When you choose the size, just follow the directions that comes with the backpack and then adjust the carrying system. The hip belt is easy to open and close with the metal buckle and adjustable with the straps. Personally, I think the carrying system works very well for me. I’m short and have to adjust the backpiece to the shortest position but even so, the weight of the pack is still well distributed in relation to my body. This pack is quit wide. What do I want to say with that? Well, a few packs that I have tried over the years and especially the women’s specific bags, tend to be more narrow and high. For me, that doesn’t work at all with my short body resulting in me walking around with a tower on my back. With this shape of the bag, it’s not only easy for me to pack and stow my gear in the bag, it’s also making it easier to distribute the weight where I want it.
A first review on Youtube
The backpack has one big compartment that can be reached in three different ways. From the top, by opening two long zippers on the front and flipping the whole front open and by a zipper at the bottom. Inside the main compartment the fabric is light to its colour so that you easier will find your way inside. Against the back, there is a pocket suitable for a water bladder and off course with an opening for the hose leading out just over one of the shoulder straps. Just by the top opening there is also a thin pocket with a zipper, suitable for valuables that you won’t need to have access to during your trek. Here I keep my passport and keys.
On the outside, the backpack has several pockets. To start from the top, the top lid in itself consists of two pockets, one that can be reached from the outside and one in which you have to open the lid in order to reach and open. Before moving on to the rest of the pockets, I just want to say a few words about the top lid. It’s attached with four straps in order to get a tight fit which also helps with the elastic ends on the sides. The size of the lid is good and covers the opening well. With the adjustments I can get a good fit both with the pack a bit over loaded as well as by the end of the trek when I have used all food and the volume is much less. On each side of the backpack there are expandable pockets enlarging by folded material. At the bottom of each side there are also open elastic pockets for water bottles, thermal flasks or other items you want easy access to. The pockets are deep enough so that the bottles stay without risking falling out. Finally, there is also a pocket on each hip on the adjusting belt. These are big enough for some snacks or your compass. If I were to make one single wish, it would be to make one of the two pockets in elastic material for a better fit. The pockets are now water safe, but the combination of small pocket and water tight zipper makes it a bit stiff and difficult to stow.
D-rings on shoulder straps to attach the camera
The backpack has a clean look and it’s easy to find a place for all items inside the pack. I hate having things hanging dangling on the outside, but here I find a place for everything, and with the straps on the side I can easily tighten the bag to keep everything all together and the items that for some reasons have to stay on the outside, there are good possibilities to use the webbings so you can tie it all together. This I use for my trekking poles when I don’t use them and also for a foam sleeping mat in wintertime. For the poles I use the straps that are attached to the sides put for the sleeping mat that I secure on the front panel, I use an elastic cord, that one is not included but is a good investment.
The most genius part of the pack, is the big handle that is placed on the front od the bag. The handle which for some reason always is placed on the back by the neck is actually quite inconvenient for lifting so this is a simple innovation that I find very good.
Big handle on front of the pack making it easy to lift
The hip belt is super! It’s adjustable in 4 points instead of the normal 2, allowing it to follow the shape of the body in a better way. It can also be adjusted for a skinny person as well someone with more meat on the bones. Something I miss, is that there are no pockets on the hip belt. I like to use the small pockets for snacks and a foldable cup. This means I have to take the backpack off every time I need my bag of nuts or some water from the stream I pass.
75 litres is a good size for a week or longer
Most of the buckles are made of metal, minimizing the amount of plastic. For the eye I think this ad to the luxury feel of the bag and for the conscious its positive since I believe that the details will probably last longer with its simplicity and choice of material. On the shoulder straps, there are also metal D-rings to attach whatever you want to carry in front of you. I use it for my camera so that I’m always ready for when I need it. Since this is the way I prefer to carry my camera I put a great value to this small detail.
A good backpack is a pretty big investment so one thing I usually make sure is weather or not the different parts are replaceable. In this case every little piece can be changed which I really appreciate. So far, I haven’t been forced to try that in practice though so I’m not able to share any experiences on that one.
All together I think this is a great backpack and furthermost it’s comfortable to carry with a heavy load.
Straps on the sides to tighten the pack
Metal buckle on the hip belt. Easy to open, close and adjust
Expandable pockets on the sides
Good distribution of the volume
This article is part of an Outdoor Blogger Network campaign and I have been paid to produce it and got the backpack for free. This does not influence the article as I maintain full editorial control of the content published on this site.