Forclaz 40 Air + H Backpack - Black/Ochre: Max. ventilation - air cooling label



Made for day hikes or up to two days. Available in Men's and Ladies' versions.
40L: maximum back ventilation. Ventilated straps and belt. A lightweight backpack suitable for day hikes.

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Capacityvolume 40 Litres: height: 60cm width: 30cm, thickness 20cm weight: 1.325kg
Multiple compartmentsPockets: 2 outer, 1 inside backpack, 2 net Side pockets, 2 waist pockets 
VentilationVent. stretch net back.(Air cooling label ) adjustable straps & ventilated waist
Carrying comfortBack and strap in high density foam, double adjustment belt.
Abrasion resistance10-year guarantee
Environmental impactLife cycle comparison: Backpack -
Warranty10 Years
Technical Information

Built-in rain cover
Backpack technical tests.
Backpack components are approved in laboratory tests, including fabric, buckles, webbing, foam, zips, etc. Fabrics are tested for resistance to wear, tearing, colour-fastness in UV rays, washing, waterproofing, etc. A final test on the finished product simulates the kind of treatment to which it will be subjected over several years, to assess the strength of the assembly The backpack is weighted, then placed on a dummy which reproduces the movement of fast walking through thousands of cycles.
This 10-year guarantee covers backpack defects, excluding those resulting from normal wear and abnormal use.
The heavy stitching research and development department, Quechua's partner for researching and testing its components and assemblies, conducted tests simulating backpack ageing. These tests were conducted on the components, the seams, and the finished product. As a result of these tests, Quechua can guarantee all bags tested for a duration of 10 years from the date of purchase indicated on the sales receipt.
10-year guarantee, conditions
The guarantee covers backpack defects, excluding those resulting from normal wear and abnormal use. This special 10-year guarantee will only be granted upon presentation of the product and sales receipt. If the product is under guarantee, it will be repaired or exchanged for free. This commercial guarantee does not affect any statutory guarantees that are applicable in the country of purchase.
How is backpack volume measured?
The volume of each backpack is measured using a standardised method: we fill the main compartment as well as each pocket with little balls. Then we empty these balls into a graduated container, which gives the equivalent volume in litres, with a margin of a few %. The weight indicated is that of our benchmark sample. There may be slight variations.
How to adjust your backpack
FIRST, LOOSEN all straps (shoulder straps, belt, load adjuster straps). PUT THE BACKPACK ON. For backpacks with a capacity of 50 L or more, PLACE THE HIP BELT CORRECTLY (it should sit over the pelvis) and TIGHTEN IT. For smaller backpacks, the hip belt should be placed around the waist. TIGHTEN THE SHOULDER STRAPS. Finally, ADJUST THE LOAD ADJUSTER STRAPS as needed.
Adjusting your backpack height?
Set the bag for the height you think will be correct and then adjust it (see. "Adjusting your backpack"). With the belt on your pelvis, put the straps around the front part of your shoulders and the load adjuster straps (which are sometimes also height-adjustable) at an angle of around 45° (they should never be horizontal or vertical). When trying it on, if the back seems too short or too long, readjust and try again until you are satisfied.
How to pack a backpack?
Put your bedding at the bottom. Put heavy gear (tent, camp stove, food) near the back. Pack your clothes around these items. and the tent beneath the pack if there is no space inside. Keep a rainproof jacket and fleece close at hand. Place small items for daily use (sun cream, map, glasses etc.) in the pockets. If carrying a hydration pack (water bladder), this should be placed in its special pocket along the back.
A score for comparing products' environmental impact
The product's environmental impact is calculated across its entire life cycle using different indicators. An overall ABCDE score is attributed to help you more readily identify the products with the best environmental performance by comparing the same type of product (T-shirts, trousers, backpacks, etc.) Decathlon is committed to visually displaying environmental information. For more information visit
DurationAll day

Volume40 L

ComfortUltra-ventilated back

AdjustmentAdjustable back

Water bladderCompatible

Rain coverBuilt in
Information / Concept / Technology
Main fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES) Yoke : 100.0% Polyamide (PA) Lining : 100.0% Polyester (PES)

Product test
All our backpacks are tested in the field by users who represent the target market under conditions identical to those found in typical use. Our Field Test Missions team up our product managers with people not affiliated with QUECHUA to test, improve and validate our products.

Stockage tips
Store your bag in a dry place.

Maintenance tips
To ensure materials retain their properties (especially waterproofing), we recommend you do not machine wash, tumble dry, dry clean, or bleach your backpack. Do not iron. To clean your backpack by hand, use warm soapy water and a brush if needed. After a few years of use, you should renew the water repellent properties of the fabric using a waterproofing spray.


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Used for 2 to 8 weeks
The backpack is for a few days only. Good material and everything but the shoulder pads could be bigger.
Love the fact that it doesn't touch your back
Too small in size & bump takes away room
Perfect fit in weight weight
Value for Money
Used for 1 week or less
Best backpack I have ever seen. Comfort level on the backside is excellent. No feel of the weight on the back.
Back side is the best part with ventilation
Forclaz Rucksack 40L
Used for 3 to 6 months
Used for 30 days hiking/climbing as my day bag in the Himalaya's in all weather conditions and this rucksack took a lot of punishment. There was no fraying of material, or broken zips. For the price it will be hard to match. My only negative would be that it's a bit tricky to fit a full 2L bladder in but with patience it will go.
Durability, Adaptability & Raincover
Would have been nice to be able to remove hip belt
Excellent multi use pack
Used for 7 to 12 months
I have used this backpack for around 7 months now whilst travelling around New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia. The pack has been used intensively on single and multi day hikes in harsh terrain such as Glaciers and Volcanos (Tongariro National Park NZ). I have been consistently impressed with its carrying system which is both secure and comfortable with loads of up to 8kg whilst remaining very breathable with its technical ventilation system. Aside from the main carrying system the pack is overall very functional with enough pockets but not so many that it gets complicated. Whilst travelling this pack has been thrown into the back of trucks, boats, cars, planes and many other forms of transport whilst also tackling its way through bustling cityscapes, it has remained fully in tact largely I think due to its robust design and strenfit fabric integration. Overall I would reccomend this pack to anyone looking for a multi day all round do it all backpack, at its current price it is a true give away compared to other brands! (Note my girlfriends much more expensive Osprey pack broke after just 3 months!!) This pack I'm sure will serve me for many more years to come!
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