Forclaz Air 40-litre backpack, dark blue/blue

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QUECHUA

Made for

mountain hikers setting off for a day's hiking.
This 40 l hiking backpack has a ventilated back that provides more comfort! The Air Cooling label indicates air circulation facilitated to better control heat and humidity.

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Advantage
CapacityVolume: 40.5 l / weight: 1030 g / Dimensions: H 67 cm, L 29 cm, D 25 cm.
Carrying comfortThumb loops. Load adjuster straps. Stomach support belt.
VentilationVery ventilated back (AirCooling label), which regulates back perspiration.
Multiple compartmentsPockets: 1 ext, 1 int, 2 net side pockets, 1 belt pocket.
Abrasion resistance10-year warranty.
Environmental impactLife cycle comparison: Backpack - sustainability.decathlon.com
Warranty10 Years
Technical Information

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Laboratory tests
We carry out laboratory tests to check components: fabric, buckles, webbing, foam, zips, etc. Fabrics are tested for: resistance to rubbing, tearing, colour-fastness under UV rays, washing, waterproofing...A test on the final product, which speeds up the effects of impact on the backpack over the years, to check resistance of the assemblies: the backpack is weighted then placed on a dummy which then reproduces the movement of fast walking through thousands of cycles.
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10-year technical partnership guarantee
The heavy stitching research and development department, Quechua's partner for researching and testing its components and assemblies, conducted tests simulating backpack ageing. The tests focused on components, seams and the end 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.
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10-year guarantee, conditions
The guarantee covers any backpack faults, except those caused by normal wear and tear and improper use. This special 10-year guarantee will only be granted upon presentation of the product and sales receipt. If the product is covered by the warranty, it will be repaired free of charge or exchanged. This commercial warranty does not exclude applicable legal warranties depending on the country and/or State.
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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.
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How to adjust your backpack?
1 - Loosen all the straps (straps, hip belt, load adjuster straps). 2 - Put the backpack on. 3 - 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 volumes, place the belt around the waist. 4 – tighten the shoulder straps. 5 – Finally, adjust the load adjuster straps as needed.
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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.
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How to pack a backpack?
Put your bedding at the bottom. Place heavy gear (tent, camp stove, food) near your back. Pack your clothes around these items. The groundsheet should be placed under the flap 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.
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Environmental measurements
The environmental impact of the product is calculated over the product's complete lifespan according to various indicators. A general mark ABCDE is given to help you easily identify products with the best environmental performance by comparing similar products to each other (t-shirts, trousers, backpacks, etc). Decathlon's environmental display approach is voluntary. For more information, visit: http://sustainability.decathlon.com/
Information / Concept / Technology
Composition
Main fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES) Inner fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES) Outer fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES)

Product test
All our models are tested by users representative of our target market in conditions identical to those you encounter yourself when using them. We believe that testing in real-life scenarios is the only way to continuously improve the technical suitability and design of our QUECHUA products.

Stockage tips
Store your back in a dry place.

Maintenance tips
To ensure fabrics maintain their properties (particularly the waterproofing), we do not recommend washing them in the washing machine, tumble drying them, dry-cleaning them or using bleach. 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
Keep it up
Warranty must cover outer material warranty too.
Used for 1 week or less
Wearing and tearing of outer material must come under warranty. If it has Warranty of outer material then what are the term and con.
Nice bag under this range.
Warranty must cover outer material warranty too.
Useless
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Used for 1 week or less
It should Waterproof bag
Capacity ok
It should be waterproof as this is made for tracki
Response of the brand
Hi Sharda,

Thanks for your feedback on the Forclaz 40 Air backpack.

The Quechua hiking backpacks are not made waterproof as it would require waterproof tapes on every stitching to stop water from leaking into the bag and also the fabric to be coated with waterproof material/membrane. With constant usage, friction between the items in the bag it is very easy to get the inner waterproof tapes and coating to get damaged therefore a much simpler, practical and cheaper solution is to cover the backpack with a rain cover or have a rucksack liner inside or both of them(if you know the weather will be really bad). This practice is very common among hikers/trekkers and I use my backpack in the same way.

Here is the link for the backpack rain cover that will suit your backpack.
http://www.decathlon.in/p/8356614_rain-resistant-dust-resistant-cover-for-medium-volume-backpacks.ht...


However if you are looking for a smaller capacity solution for really short walks, we offer an ultra light accessory waterproof bag which is designed to carry your small belongings while keeping them dry. Here is the link.
http://www.decathlon.in/p/8357286_arpenaz-15-ultra-compact-waterproof-backpack-grey.html#/3411-407-o...

I am available at your disposal should you have any further questions.

Thanks and Regards,
Ravindra Charan
Product Trainer & Community Manager-Mountain Sports
Nice & Simple
Used for 3 to 6 months
A lightweight rucksack that can hold a lot of stuff. Best part is the comfort it provides. Besides being lightweight, it has the AIR-Circulation design to keep your back reasonably dry during long treks. I wish a zippered deep mesh pocket was provided on one side.
The design for air-circulation
None
No pouches and not user friendly
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Need much more pouches
Response of the brand
Hi Satish,

Thanks for sharing this feedback with us. Forclaz 40 Air is designed to keep it lighter and breathable with 1 outer, 1 inside , 2 mesh side pockets and 1 waist pocket. We are sorry that this product didn't match your requirement. You can always go to the nearest decathlon store and exchange your backpack with the upgraded version of this backpack, Forclaz 40 Air+ which has 2 outer, 1 inside, 2 net side and 2 waist pockets.  
Please find the link to the product: http://www.decathlon.in/p/8300764_forclaz-40-air-hiking-backpack-black-ochre.html

I remain available in case you need any help.

Thanks & Regards,
Varun Nair E-Sport Manager DECATHLON
First review
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Used for 2 to 8 weeks
Good pack, well made and comfortable to wear all day. Shame it doesn't come with a built in rain cover though.
Great value for the price
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Used for 2 to 8 weeks
I needed to change my very very old bag to go hiking in Wales and Lake District. Was looking for a comfortable, affordable, practical backpack. Was not disappointed at all with this one. Only downside is that with lot of weight in it the objects tends to go very low (the bottom of the bag is not rigid enough I would say), not very important but can get annoying when climbing rocks and high slopes.
Comfort, color, price
Good quality rucksack
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Bought this as a day rucksack for a 2 week holiday to the lakes. Had plenty of room for my stuff plus everything the kids couldn't carry. Comfortable straps across the shoulders and reasonable cooling across the back.
Lots of pockets/space
Great value, one drawback
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Used for 2 to 8 weeks
Pretty much perfect, only drawback is if you want to use it for cycling (as I do), the top of the bag is very stiff and can dig into your neck if you have the shoulder straps too tight. Aside from this, fantastic value.
Good bag, could do with some more section
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I bought this bag as a 'day trip' bag to keep coats/lunch/drinks/snacks etc in when our family of 4 went on days out.
Overall it fits the bill fine with its large compartment inside.

However i would have liked to be able to store some things separately inside the main bit as when your searching for something you may have to take half the stuff out that has piled on top in the meantime.
Large space inside, so far its been waterproof.
Lack of compartments