Scott Trail Lite FR’ 14 Backpack review£46.00

A lightweight bag with plenty of features

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Scott's Trail Lite is a lightweight 14-litre trail bag that's not short on features despite its low price.

The main compartment has space for a hydration bladder (not included) and there are hose guides on the straps. You also get a smaller outboard pocket with a mesh tool divider and a top pocket for valuables.

The external helmet holder and bungee cords, which are perfect for stowing pads, mean you can carry more than the stated capacity.

On either side of the Trail Lite are stretch pockets, but these have limited space. Get packing and you’ll find it can carry a full 2-litre bladder, a day’s worth of snacks, a spare tube and tools plus an additional layer without too much fuss.

Thanks to its lightweight build (362g), stuffing it full never makes it feel too heavy either.

The waist and chest straps do a good job of keeping things secure on your back, but the narrowness of the former means the weight of the pack isn’t well distributed when it’s packed, so it’s not as comfy as it could be. I found the back panel got clammy, too.

Made from 100 percent polyester, the pack weathers short showers well enough, though I wouldn’t want to rely on it to keep valuables dry in torrential rain.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'10
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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