London Lite Tuesday, 8 September 2009 13 Six of the best WERE teetering on the edge of autumn, but those crisp mornings and late-summer, sun-filled afternoons make the perfect conditions for days out and overnight jaunts in the country. You need something in which to stash your sarnies and sleeping bag, though. Here are six of this seasons best day packs. ALF ALDERSON GOLITE PURSUIT 100, golite.com A LIGHTWEIGHT rucksack suited to just about any activity from ambles in the Lakes to full-on winter adventures -- it can carry skis and avalanche rescue gear as well as more standard outdoor kit. 100, haglfs.se THE Matrix is sturdy and will appeal if you give your gear a lot of stick -- climbers will find it a good option. It also has a separate compartment for waterproofs or a sleeping bag and is useful when on the move. 100, thenorthface.com THIS is an excellent pack which is lightweight but tough (made from the same fabric as car airbags). It is ideal for big summer days out or winter in the hills as it has attachments to carry skis, boards, avalanche gear and ice axes. 50, berghaus.com AN EXCELLENT value day pack which also looks cool, the lightweight Roam weighs just over 1kg and has features such as a zipped divider for the main compartment. It also comes with a comfortable harness and pivoting hip belt. 65, regatta.com ALTHOUGH its supposed to be a 35-litre pack, the X-ert looks and feels much bigger, and with several zipped outer pockets as well as the big main compartment, you can easily get all you need for a day on the hills into it. 44.99, robens.de THE Winnipeg is a good budget option which holds up to 45 litres in the main compartment which can be increased thanks to an extendable lid, an outer zipped pocket and two mesh side pockets. It is quite heavy and bulky, though. HAGLFS MATRIX 40 THE NORTH FACE SPIRE 40 BERGHAUS ROAM 35 REGATTA X-ERT ROBENS WINNIPEG Daypacks Sidcup Club vibe: A great mix, from 17 to 70, and the Colts, aged 16 and under, have both boys and girls teams. Cricketing level: Four teams at different levels in the Kent leagues. Sunday 1st XI has won promotion to Aero Kent Development League Div One in its first year. Social scene: Events include an annual dinner and dance which features one of the worlds premier Elvis tribute artists, ex-member Peter Storm. Membership: 130 adults, 65 colts. Sidcup Sports Club, Crescent Farm, Sydney Road, Kent, (sidcup.play-cricket.com) Barnet Club vibe: Formed in 2007 and sharing facili- ties with Barnet football club, which adds a buzz to the atmosphere. Very friendly. Cricketing level: Several teams, with qual- ity in spades. The 2nd XI were Div 2 cham- pions of the Middlesex County Cricket League (MCCL) in 2008, 3rd XI champions of Div 2 in 2007 and maybe again this year. The 4th XI promoted in their first and second seasons (2007 and 2008). Social scene: An affiliated ladies team and colts teams mean theres a good mix at the social events, which include a racing night and regular curry nights. Membership: 120 adult, 90 student/ unemployed, 70 juniors. B a r n et L a n e, U n d e r h i l l , B a r n et, Hertfordshire (barnetcc.com) LondonFields Club vibe: Local, young and a bit crazy -- they voted glove puppet Tyrone the Needy Mouse on the committee. Most members live within a mile of the ground, and are mates as well as team-mates. No women players yet, but they hope to change that. Cricketing level: Pretty good. Theyve won the North East London Cricket League three times in the last four years. They also compete in the Victoria Park Community League and play a lot of friendly matches. Social scene: Big, with a tour in Europe every year. No pavilion, but make full use of the nearby Pub On The Park for enter- taining the opposition post-match. Membership rates: 40, 15 unwaged/stu- dent, but membership is frozen until this winter after a big post-Ashes rush. Next to the Pub In The Park, London Fields, E8 (londonfields.net) Middlesex Club vibe: Based in Lords, the 18,500- seater home of cricket, this is the worlds poshest cricket club. Playing members need to be nominated by one member and seconded by another, then impress in 10 matches over two years (nine matches in three years for women). The waiting list for non-playing members is 18 years. Cricketing level: Some members are inter- nationals, all must play to a good club level. The club plays 500 matches and five overseas tours a year. Social scene: Vast. Members clubs within the club offer golf, real tennis and bridge. Theres a members tour overseas each year to watch an English Test match. Membership rates: From 42 to 373. 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