I’m not one for gear reviews, to be honest they kinda bore me. If I’m after some new gear then I’ll ask on Twitter and I always get a great response, and then maybe I’ll search for some reviews but on the whole…snoozeville.
Having said that, I know of a lot you really like them and so just for you, here’s a review of my joint-favourite all-time piece of gear (the other being my IKEA hobo stove).
Meet the Italian Alpini Canvas Rucksack, it’s not lightweight but it is extremely sexy.
I can imagine Patrick Leigh Fermor striding out on this trans-European hike in the 30s with one of these on back, or James Bond on a Dolomite peak, with his stuffed full of dynamite for Dr Evil and a box of chocs for Ursula Andress.
The Aplini is very well made, tough and durable. It is also beautiful, an object of desire.
The one I own was produced way back in 1976 and I have a strong suspicion it will outlive me.
I take mine out hiking and also use it as a laptop bag when I’m commuting to and from work. It is a veritable multi-use sack.
Wynnchester, the producers and suppliers of this fine bit of kit, procure and then recondition them back to their former glory:
We have scoured the globe for a source of this particular rucksack from the late 1970’s. We then select the best, most complete examples, clean them and give the canvas a wax cotton treatment to bring it back to life.
As I said it’s not a ultra-super-dooper-lightweight kit and if that’s your thing then best ignore this post completely.
If, on the other hand, you’d like a stylish bit of kit that will last you a lifetime then the Alpini is well worth its price tag of £58.
Find out more on the Wynchester site (warning: there is a LOT of nice gear on the site, I won’t be held responsible for what you get up to with your card!)
(Note: I’m not receiving any reward from Wynnchester for this post, I’m doing it because I love the product, that’s all).