Wisport caracal 28L Rucksack
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- Last updated: 14/06/2022
The Wisport Caracal is a mid-sized bag with a capacity of 25-litres and a nice, simple layout. The large main compartment is clutter-free, with just a couple of inner sleeves, and the 2-way zip opens down both sides to allow full access to the inside. Two smaller zipped pockets on the front are ‘built in’ to the body lines of the pack, rather than sticking out, and this makes for a very smooth and snag-free outer surface. The deeper of the front pockets runs the full height of the rucksack and can hold a drinks container or even a set of shooting sticks. There are various attachment points on the outside of the pack but not so many that they detract from the sleek lines.
The adjustable shoulder straps are well-padded and feature air mesh to reduce heat build-up, just like the back of the pack. There are also adjustable chest and waist straps, the latter of which are removable, and both feature quick-release buckles to the front.
The shoulder straps are shaped to fit and sit well. The fronts of both have loops and elasticated bands to hold anything you need to keep close. They combine to hold the pack very securely in place, with little room to move.
Side and top compression straps keep the contents of the bag secure and these have elasticated loops built in to hold any surplus material, preventing it from flapping about. The grab handle on top of the bag is heavily reinforced.
Made from Cordura 500D, the Caracal is tough and abrasionresistant, so it won’t get damaged if you are pushing through dense vegetation. Plus, all of the buckles and zips are good quality, so will stand up to a lot of use.
The rucksack can also carry a hydration bag. There is space and a hanging hook in the main compartment, hose clips on the straps and a hose-passage hole with drip protection.
The Caracal is another example of the high quality and well thought out bags that Wisport produces. It’s comfortable to carry and, when you put it down, it also has another very useful characteristic. Its ‘pot-bellied’ shape and flat bottom mean that, unless you fill it topheavy, it stays stood up and doesn’t topple over, so the contents stay safe and the pack does not get dirty.
Two fibreglass rods built into the back help keep it rigid, so when you open the main compartment and start removing the contents, it doesn’t slump down or collapse. Add to this a free waterproof cover (in a separate compartment at the bottom of the pack) and a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty and you have a good quality and very practical rucksack at a reasonable price.