Smith The Roll Pack 25L
UK delivery 10/12/23 - 14/12/23
Christmas delivery - info
Smith the Roll Pack (25L) has literally ‘got your back’. It’s deceptively simple and lightweight, allowing you to travel further for longer. Geared towards life on the move, from the mountain trail to the city commute, we’ve added discreet pockets for essentials such as your laptop (up to 15"), waterbottle and valuables.
- Fully adjustable, padded ergonomic shoulder straps
- Removable waist and sternum straps for cycling and hiking
- Easy-access padded laptop sleeve (up to 16”) concealed in back panel
- External zip pocket for valuables, with internal key ring
- Large external front pocket and two side pockets
- Internal pockets for laptop, tablet, phone, documents and office gear
- Made in Vietnam
- H 52cm x W 28cm x D 18cm
- Main Fabric: Incredibly durable Dalton Canvas, 100% recycled/recyclable PET made from post consumer waste, with Durable Water Repellant finish (PFC free, Bluesign® approved, GRS certified)
- Lining: Durable lightweight weave, 100% recycled/recyclable PET made from post consumer waste, with Durable Water Repellant finish (PFC free, Bluesign® approved, GRS certified)
- Buckles: Durable Aluminium
- Zippers: Durable YKK
- Webbing: Durable high-grade nylon webbing (with leather reinforcements in high wear areas)
- Outer and lining fabric: 100% recycled polyester (RPET) yarn made from post-consumer waste
- Slight colour variation possible
- Buckles: Aluminium
- Zips: YKK
- Trim: Leather (non-vegan)
- Made in Vietnam by our long-standing partner Outdoor Park
Behind the Seams
Smith The Roll Pack 25L
Despite some faults with straps, this is my fave utilitarian pack. I can't seem to give it up. Basically, it's not ideal for longer hikes in sweltering heat but it's my go-to for all else, like hefty urban errands, casual farm work, or short hikes. FYI, when full, it's a bit too big as a carry-on for flights. I have the rosey-rust-coloured 25L roll top with side pockets.
-MATERIAL LASTS. the elastic still springs like new. body, pockets, zippers all solid. Rain stays out of main compartment. Impressively even the pads against my back are unphased - I thought that material would wear out easily - nope!;
-SIDE POCKETS are bottomless pits and can hold my tank-size water bottles etc. So glad I opted for these vs the bare model. No wimpy mesh material here! the depth and the elastic keeps things from wriggling out; I never need two hands to slip a bottle back in, like on other bags where the top edge collapses down to block you.
-LOADING/ORGANIZATION I'm never fighting to find or access items, esp with the roll-top. the latch is a breeze with one hand - I feel justified to scoff at zippers now haha. I like how inside there is a soft fleecy divider and smooth slick sections too. Variety of texture for variety of items. All pockets well-placed.
-another point for the roll-top is it's like having 2 sizes in one. roll it down compact when empty/light-loaded. when you pack it up to the gills, have no fear about busting zippers!
-Hip belt is detachable and packable, though not a luxury feature..
-Not to be taken for granted is the vertical leather handle on top. I didn't recognize how lovely this is until I used a lacking bag for a week! and it is solidly attached no matter how many field flora guidebooks you're lifting.
-Material on SHOULDER pads chafes on bare skin real quick in summer. Also the nylon straps slip out of adjustment. I'm 5'2" so need them fairly cinched, and frequently need to yank on them whilst walking.
-HIP BELT has zero padding (it is merely another nylon cinch strap) therefore digs into body when holding any notable weight, which is its purpose to relieve. I guess it's more of a 'just-in-case' bonus strap which is why it's detachable. In cool season with thicker jackets, still worth attaching to carry home cans of preserves etc. Still, I would love to see a padded option perhaps to purchase separately. The Fraser Ruck Sack model has padded, but I don't need 32L and considering the load you can stuff into the Smith, I feel it warrants a legit hip belt.
-BASE could be reinforced esp at rear corners. The only reals signs of wear on my pack is around the v bottom and vverry slight fray starting on one of the adjustment straps probably from being yanked. For 5+ years, it's done v well, though it seems would be simple to add a layer to the inevitably vulnerable base. I'll be attempting to patch mine up soon, before any holes open up.
I tried some other 'more comfortable' day packs but I keep reaching for my roll-top. It's just so swift to whip items in/out of. A good balance of minimalist + thoughtful storage. It doesn't compete with full-feature technical packs or rucksacks so be realistic about it's intended use as described on their product page. That being said, it's more than you bargain for with a day pack. I expect to keep this dusty buddy for another 5-10yrs. 2 photos show stress-points. 3 photos show it's still great
Very disappointed in the quality of the bottom of the sack: holes in the corners, after not even 2 years of use.
I bought the bag based on after sale assurance that bags could be repaired to lower its environmental footprint...It took me more than 6 months to get a follow up. My emails not answered, my bag lost.
I hope they have improved!
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Carole.
For some context, Millican went out of business at the start of the year. We have very recently acquired the brand with the goal of restoring it back to its roots.
We are sorry to hear that your experience with the previous owner was not up to scratch. If you could get in touch with our support team with a bit more context & details about the issues you've encountered, we'll do our best to help.
The Millican Team
+Great durable material
+Love my forest green pack
+Amazing day pack
+ Roll-top is so much more
convenient to load/unload.
+ Lots of great inner pockets
- Roll-top could be taller
- loadlifters is needed
- way too slim waist straps
- flatter bottom wanted
- waist pockets needed
My first use of my new 25L Roll Pack was an international trip. Used both as on flight bag and for day hikes. For the traveller it is great, loads of storage and all easily accessible during check-in. My Surface was quickly retrieved and stowed thanks to handy side access. For day hikes it was comfortable enough, though never fully loaded.
If I had a criticism it would be there is no provision for hiking poles to be fixed vertically . Though collapsed poles easily rolled into top of bag.
Overall great versatile bag.
I have a dozen backpacks, I think I finally found the one I need! This bag is very light and the finishing touches are of great quality. The quick access pockets and water bottle compartments (very long) are great for Nalgene size.
The color is not really black but rather grey.