QUECHUA FORCLAZ 20L AIR HIKING BACKPACK REVIEW

While I was searching to update my backpacking gear, and I was looking for a half-day to one day backpacking solution, I came across the Quechua Forclaz 20l Air. This is a price winning backpack with a ventilated back. The product’s capacity to enhance air circulation to limit warmth and moisture.

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The Forclaz Air 20 is made for comfort. The back panel is spaced about 3cm from your back by a polyester mesh with 6 foam spacing blocks. This allows air to circulate and keeps your back from getting all sweaty.

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There is a hip belt which comfortably puts most of the weight on your hips rather than on your shoulders, which is important when you’re carrying a heavily loaded pack for more than an hour. Also, there is the “Air Vent” technology which it provided great feeling even if the backpack is fully stuffed with heavy load.

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The backpack is very easy to access. It’s a top loader backpack and there is a single compartment with an expandable inner material. In addition there is a small lid-pocket that allows you to carry small items such as sunglasses, a scarf, a GPS unit or even a headlamp.

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Top Lid pocket

Something I do not like from this backpack is the way the closure system. There side strips (in orange colour) and those strips go in a zig-zag way towards the backpack lid. Although it is an interesting concept in reality is not very functional. Especially if you are carrying items, such as a bottle of water in the mesh side pockets. This means, that in order to remove the bottle of water (or other items), you have to un-clip the buckles that close the backpack. As you can imagine this is very unhandy while you are hiking. See photo bellow:

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This backpack has an internal “hidden” pocket with a zip in order to store valuable items such as wallet, ID or car keys.

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The Forclaz 20l Air, has also two trekking pole loops where you can accommodate diagonally one or two trekking poles. See photo bellow:

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FEATURES

  • Volume: 21.5 litres
  • Weight: 740 g
  • Full pack dimensions: H 55 x W 28 x D 23
  • Pockets: 1 outer
  • 1 inside backpack
  • 2 mesh Side pockets

COMPOSITION 

  • Main fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES)
  • Inner fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES)
  • Outer fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES)

Bottom Line: This is a good backpack for a maximum one day activity in spring/summer time. I would not recommend this backpack for serious one day winter hiking unless weather conditions are great and therefore there is no precipitation risk. For the price I purchased the backpack (10 euro in discount), the Forclaz 20l has served me greatly on various training one day hikes.

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3 thoughts on “QUECHUA FORCLAZ 20L AIR HIKING BACKPACK REVIEW

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    1. Hi and thank you for your comment.

      With regards a winter hiking backpack, I would first recommend you to check out the volume of your gear and then to make a decision on how many liters your backpack needs to be.

      Also will you be carrying camping gear and equipment? If not, then I think a backpack of 35-45 liters would be more than good for winter hiking activities.

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