Inov-8 All Terrain 35 Backpack review

All terrain 35 Inov-8 sells this as a fast packing backpack. And that is how I used it for the first test. A four day hike/jog/run in the Swedish hills in Jämtland. I had a load of almost 11 kg and that was a bit too much for actual running in my opinion. With a few kg less in weight I think running would have worked fine. I have now used it during a week alpine climbing and glacier travel in the north of Sweden aswell. The size is really good, it fits what you need for a day. Both summer and winter. The pack is not the sturdiest and I think it wouldn’t survive heavy (ab)use for long time.

The backpack is a little different from other packs, it is not a vest-style system or a normal backpack. The shoulder straps connect to a strap above the waistbelt and can be moved along the strap. This works well, but the position changes when you loose the pack from your back. Each shoulder strap has a small pouch for snacks, gels or a small water bottle. It has a rolltop closing and the back has a zippered opening for access to the bottom of the pack. That ‘lid’ has a flat compartment for keys, money, paper etc.

Inov-8 All Terrain 35 backpack, back lid

Along the sides of the pack on both sides are zippered compartments that don’t give access the the main pack but a side pocket. The side pocket get very cramped if the main bag is stuffed full. There is a slit band that runs on the shoulder straps and on the backside. On the back a shock cord runs all over which is very convenient. One buckle on the bottom and one on top for connecting ice axe, trekking poles etc. On the slit band you can connect whatever string, carabiner or shock cord you want.

detail of Inov-8 All Terrain 35 backpack
Inov-8 All Terrain 35 backpack. Connection possibilites

On each bottom side there is a decent sized stretch pocket. I really like the pack. It is minimalistic but versatile, lightweight and big enough.

Likes

  • Perfect size and weight
  • Looks good
  • Affordable
  • The lid on the back gives nice access

Dislikes

  • The pouches on the shoulder straps are too small. Make them bigger and stretching.
  • Should straps are will move during the day, and when you take off the backpack. They also twist within the buckle when you load the backpack with more than a couple of kg.
  • I am missing the hole for a hydration bladder tube
  • I don’t see the use of the zippered pockets on the sides
Inov-8 All Terrain 35 backpack detail picture of buckle and strap
Inov-8 All Terrain 35 backpack. Problematic shoulder straps.
Inov-8 All Terrain 35 backpack. Loaded with a rope

Running Roslagsleden section 1-5

I had some days over for a short adventure and decided to do a trail running overnight trip on Roslagsleden.

The Swedish summer was hot and dry, but late august had a little dip in temperature and I set out for a overnight run/jog with a lightweight pack. I used a 24 litre Inov-8 running backpack. I packed a light down sleeping bag, a inflatable mat, a titan pot, alcohol stove, some clothes and a lot of food and snacks. I slept in a windbreak so I didn’t have to bring a tent or hammock which lightened my load a substantial bit.

The trail starts in Täby and ends in Grisslehamn and consists of eleven sections total 190 km. I jogged/ran the first five of them, a total of 80 km. The trail is a mix of gravel road and scenic forest trails, the gravel parts are not that nice but the trails make up for it. I think Roslagsleden actually is nicer in the last sections of the trail (just a guess since I haven’t been there). The trail has contact with shops, cafés and hostels along the way so it’s easy to resupply food. This is a google map of Roslagsleden to help you plan your trip, there you’ll find cafés and places to restock or sleep in a hostel.

I set out in the middle of the day with no special goal, I wanted to find a camp site near a lake but timing and distance didn’t add upp so I ended up staying in a windbreak just of trail on a small hill 40 km from the trail start. Not bad at all but I passed alot of nice campsites near lakes.

Next day I set out early to try to finish section five of the trail. It was a long day and i was a bit sore in my legs so I ended up power walking alot. But the trail rewarded with nice views.

Forest on the Roslagsleden trail

I managed to get to the end of section five in Wira Bruk and then I had to walk a while to get to the bus station.

Roslagsleden light pack

I really liked the trip, but some parts weren’t that picturesque as I hoped for. There is a ultra trail marathon called Jättelångt (=really far in swedish) that starts in Norrtälje and ends in Grisslehamn that is 68 km and I think that is the best section of the trail.

Roslagsleden section 1-5 on Strava. Day 1

Roslagsleden section 1-5 on Strava. Day 2

Inov-8 All Terrain 35 First Impression Review

This is a first impression review. I will get back with an update and more pictures after more extensive use.

All terrain 35 Inov-8 sells this as a fast packing backpack. And that is how I used it for the first test. A four day hike/jog/run in the Swedish hills in Jämtland. I had a load of almost 11 kg and that was a bit too much for actual running in my opinion. With a few kg less in weight I think running would have worked fine.

Inov-8 All terrain 35 backpack

The backpack is a little different from other packs, it is not a vest-style system or a normal backpack. The shoulder straps connect to a strap above the waistbelt and can be moved along the strap. This works well, but the position changes when you loose the pack from your back. Each shoulder strap has a small pouch for snacks, gels or a small water bottle. It has a rolltop closing and the back has a zippered opening for access to the bottom of the pack. That ‘lid’ has a flat compartment for keys, money, paper etc.

Along the sides of the pack on both sides are zippered compartments that don’t give access the the main pack but a side pocket. The side pocket get very cramped if the main bag is stuffed full. There is a slit band that runs on the shoulder straps and on the backside. On the back a shock cord runs all over which is very convenient. One buckle on the bottom and one on top for connecting ice axe, trekking poles etc. On the slit band you can connect whatever string, carabiner or shock cord you want. On each bottom side there is a decent sized stretch pocket I really like the pack. It is minimalistic but versatile, lightweight and big enough. I would have done some things different if I could change the layout. The weight according to my “rough” scale is 700g (will be updated when I can weigh it better).

Likes

  • Perfect size and weight
  • Looks good
  • Affordable

Dislikes

  • The pouches on the shoulder straps are too small. Make them bigger and stretching.
  • I am missing the hole for a drinking tube
  • I don’t see the use of the zippered pockets on the sides