Alpkit do some brilliant gear, but, often, you have to be quick before they disappear! Last year I bought a Presta 20 rucksack for day walks to replace my Osprey Talon 22 (mice had chewed one of the shoulder straps). I used it in September in the Lakes and again in January. I found it to be a great day sack. It was very comfortable and just the right size. Unfortunately, Alpkit appears to have discontinued it.
I added some Tread Lite Gear hipbelt pockets (the ones on the sack are a bit small) and a shoulder strap bottle holder. With those additions, it’s a fabulous little pack. It’s not particularly light at around 625g but you hardly notice it on your back. Hopefully, Alpkit will reintroduce it again in the future.
A few weeks ago I took delivery of an Alpkit Morphosis jacket. Do I really need another jacket? Probably not! However, the Morphosis looked an attractive hybrid between a windproof and a light soft-shell jacket. While the main body has a grid fleece backing, the sides are unlined. I thought this looked an interesting way of regulating body heat. I’m a great fan of grid fleece, which I find more comfortable than conventional fleeces. I’ll have to wait until warmer weather to see how this works.
The jacket fit is just right to layer over either a base layer or a base layer and another top/fleece, yet trim enough to layer under a waterproof. The arms are reasonably long and terminated in a part elasticated cuff. There are two hand pockets and a chest pocket. The hood is quite generous and is part elasticated but has a drawstring at the rear. It is too big for me, so I’ve made a couple of tucks, which you can see in the lower picture, to make it fit round my face more effectively. The weight for a medium is spot on at 325g. More details on the Alpkit website.