Salomon Wanderer 25
Just an overpriced schoolbag.
- Nice colors
- Very light
- Waist and sternum strap
- Very flimsy fabric quality
- No H2O port for water bladder
- No rain cover
Since before I started hiking I had two backpacks made from a company that specializes in motorbike backpacks and luggage. I used (and use) them everywhere and never had any problems whatsoever, although now and then I had a few comments from fellow hikers that I need to buy a backpack from a "proper" mountaineering brand.
So I gave in and bought Wanderer 25 from Salomon as a replacement for my 25L daypack in promise of separate hydration bladder compartment and the "proper" setup that the brand had to offer.
First of all, the looks of Wanderer 25 in midnight blue is AWESOME!!! The color immediately catches the eye and the zipper cord is just spot on the overall contrast.
Standard side mesh pockets for tissues or face towel.
Mesh nylon in the back for breathability.
Very useful white interior that makes it easier to find what you're looking for especially in low-light situations, small money and key (with keying clip) zippered pocket and a large 17" compartment for laptop or light jacket that you wish to include.
It has side compression straps that you are probably never going to use since the capacity feels more like 18L rather than 25 (compared to my other 25L pack anyway).
Sternum strap and waist STRAP (not belt) that will help retain balance on steep inclination.
Front pocket that is supposed to be the compartment for your 2L water bladder. This compartment features no strap or clip to keep your bladder in a upright position and no H2O port for the hose... Come on, seriously?!?! I mean let's suppose for a moment that the compartment space is EXACTLY the size of a 2L bladder (I own a 3L but that's another story) that fits so nice and snug that doesn't need any strap to hold its position, what about the hose port?
Am I supposed to let the zipper just a little bit open at the top for the hose to run wild up in my neck through, maybe, the handle to get it close to my chest? This is BS. At least for a well known company like Salomon. Very disappointing...
It has no rain cover which may be a plus if you intend to use this in summer exclusively.
I own this pack for almost six months but never used it more than twice so I cannot tell much about durability.
Overall I think it's an overpriced beautiful schoolbag.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 52 EU (on sale)