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Forclaz Men's Backpacking Backpack 60+10 L - MT500 AIR

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Developed from the TREK 500, the MT500 AIR range has a new taut mesh back as well as a new polyamide component combining light weight and strength. The perfect bag for all types of hike!

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About this item:

  • This backpack is made for multiple days hiking or trekking in autonomy. You can carry everything you need to camp, drink and eat on your back with comfort.
  • The MT500 AIR only weighs 3.7 lbs and can contain a total volume of 50 liters which we recommend for a trip over 2 weeks long. The top of the bag is adjustable and can hold an extral 10 liters of volume.
  • This backpack has plenty of features if you are looking for a technical option at a fair price: AIR concept back ventilation, rain cover, water bottle holder, hiking poles holder, 8 pockets and a compartment for a water bladder for easy hydration.
  • The AIR concept: in order for your back to dry faster, we added a mesh on top of a ventilated structure. Ideal for long and sweaty day hikes from one camp to another!
  • This is a men's backpack: This bag has been conceived for a masculine morphology (torso and hips). We recommend to stick to your gender when you choose a bag for comfort purposes when carrying it on your back.
  • 10-year warranty: the fabric of the bag is ultra resistant and Decathlon is proud to offer this warranty for any defect that could appear in the next 10 years.
Model: 8581384

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Forclaz Men's Backpacking Backpack 60+10 L - MT500 AIR | Are you looking for a generously sized and versatile backpack without compromising on weight? The MT500 Air has been designed for you by our team of enthusiasts

Developed from the TREK 500, the MT500 AIR range has a new taut mesh back as well as a new polyamide component combining light weight and strength. The perfect bag for all types of hike!

A photo of the Forclaz Men's Backpacking Backpack 60+10 L - MT500 AIR in use
A photo of the Forclaz Men's Backpacking Backpack 60+10 L - MT500 AIR in use

Carrying comfort

Perfect for men carrying up to 15 kg. Ventilated back, adjustable height

Multiple compartments

Split capacity, wide front access, access to bottom of bag, 8 pockets


Bottle holder, pole holder, rain cover, multi-use straps


1.75 kg: the empty weight indicated is that of our benchmark sample


Lightweight but durable polyamide main fabric, reinforced bag base


Reinforced frame with mesh reducing pressure and letting the back breathe.

Easy hydration

Internal compartment for a water bladder (not included)

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Does this pack have an adjustable back/torso feature? Im looking for a feature similar to the EasyFit feature on the cheaper Forclaz models. Thanks..


Similar to the other Forclaz backpacks mentioned in the question, this product's back is adjustable.

By Uluç on Nov 14, 2023 | STAFF


What is the internal dimensions of the main compartment. Thank you


The bag has a 60 L volume with an extra 10 L extension. The volume of each backpack is measured using a standardised method. we use small balls to fill the main compartment as well as each pocket. The balls are then emptied into a graduated container in order to determine the equivalent volume in litres, with a margin of error of just a few %. Bag dimensions when in use: Height : 70 cm / 28 in Width: 40cm / 16 inDepth: 35 Cm/14 inBack length (= distance 7th vertebrate - ilium)

By Uluç on Feb 27, 2024 | STAFF


What is the smallest load (in liters) it can carry securely / without looking baggy or flopping around?


The MT500 AIR backpack has a capacity of 60 liters, with an extra 10-liter extension. While we recommend not exceeding 33 pounds for optimal performance, it's important to distribute the load properly to prevent it from looking loose or unstable. Based on the dimensions provided (Height: 28 inches, Width: 16 inches, Depth: 14 inches), packing heavier items closer to your back and clothing around them will help ensure a secure fit without the bag appearing baggy or flopping around. The adjustable back structure with mesh fabric also provides breathability and comfort during use.

By Uluç on Mar 24, 2024 | STAFF

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Good capacity and lightness

Good capacity and lightness

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Comfort is good but in Indian brand are cheaper than this product.

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In general terms, it is very good, but its ventilation is extra good. An aluminum frame separates the bag from the back with a thin mesh, so it does not stick to the back and the back breathes very well. Someone who hikes 15-20 km with a camping load will feel the difference I mentioned if they buy this bag.

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Very practical with…

Very practical with plenty of storage space. Comfortable for carrying.

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Generally like this pack, it has plenty of compartments for your belongings as well as a heap of straps and loops. Carry system is quite comfortable as well, plenty of airflow and the padding fits nicely. A generally well thought out pack, HOWEVER the side carry pocket and water bottle thing are absolutely no good for long water bottles. The mesh pocket is a front load, so the bottle sticks out into your arm and the water bottle holder is also front load, so you get the same issue. Likely not an issue with a short bottle, however if you go too short and squat a bottle, it wont even fit within the diameter of the rigid bottle holder. Incredibly strange design choice and I would be unlikely to pick this pack again due to this reason. Making the mesh pocket tall and with a top entry would fix this issue and allow people without compatible water bottles still carry water outside the pack. Otherwise it's a pretty great pack, water is a major part of hiking however and some more thought could have been put into this portion of the pack.

The best purchase made

I used it doing the guiding course in Benasque Valley, without words... wonderful acquisition, it fit all the equipment, I put the snowshoes on the sides, very good performance for hard treks, with water, snow and snow. Mobility best fits like a glove perfectly. Congratulations to the Brand and its designer.

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The best rucksack for trek

I have used this bag in 2 treks, and this is my second purchase of rucksack after buying a bag from amazon, I learned- padding on the straps is required but too much padding doesnot implies that carrying would be comfortable. the main feature in a rucksack bag is its weight management. This bag has very good weight management, it has an outer frame that really helps in maintaining good posture while walking. the mesh on the back really helps to dry out the sweats on back while walking. The height adjustment is also fast and easy. the straps are very comfortable on shoulders and they also have holes so dry outs the shoulders too. Now the packing the bag- this bag has 2 features- one can pack the things like a sack- putting the things from the top and one can put the things inside the bag like the suitcase, this feature actually helps the beginners a lot. And as the bag opens like a suitcase also {front zip on left and right} one can easily take out or put things inside very easily without taking out other things. so the space management is great inside the bag. The two pockets on the sides doesn't merge out from the bag. the 2 bottles holder on both sides is very well placed to take out the bottle when walking. the top cover easily holds some essentials and can be used as a side bag. and the size extension is also very easy. So as a whole this is an wonderful rucksack bag. I bought 3 bags of different capacities and felt that the price spend is really worth for the bag as these bags are very easy to carry and even for long trails. My son age 11, walked from Bhujwasa to Gongotri carrying the 45 ltr version of this bag, he had his sleeping bag, jacket, etc. and he never complained about shoulder pain or too tiered to carry the bag.

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Great backpack for reasonable money

I use the backpack for camping trips and it works great. Very ergonomic and well-thought-out design allows for great organization of equipment.

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Very good value for money…

Very good value for money.

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Excellent. The decathlon guys gave me the right counsel that for rough use I should not go for this model. But I opted for this due to multi purpose reasons that suits my traveling life. Just that during rough travel I don't want the back mesh support to get hooked or cut (in the very second flight luggage guys threw the bag on something & rain cover came with black lines - train & bus are safer), so I had to stitch a cloth cover- it saved the bag in the next few flight (but it's like 200 gms). Now I have found a transparent plastic sack - will have to experiment with it !

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Great !

This bag is very practical and pleasant to carry during a trek. Suitable for a woman of 1m72

breaks quickly

The drawstring on top of the large compartment does not work, the straps that should hold it in place can be loosened with one movement, so it does not stay stuck as it should be. Even with one flight there is already a hole in the fabric and that was even with a travel cover over it.

I validate and recommend.…

I validate and recommend. Use in a travel bag.

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Comfortable, even loaded, and…

Comfortable, even loaded, and rather light.

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Additional Product Information


Main fabric: 100.0% Polyamide ; Lining: 100.0% Polyester ; Yoke: 100.0% Polyamide ; Webbing: 100.0% Polypropylene ; Bag cover: 100.0% Polyester ; Coating: 100.0% Polyurethane


Bag dimensions when in use: Height : 70 cm / 28 in Width: 40cm / 16 inDepth: 35 Cm/14 inTorso length (= distance 7th vertebrate - ilium): Minimum: 40 Cm/16 in Maximum: 53 Cm/21 in The waistband:Minimum: 79 Cm/31 in Maximum: 136 cm / 54 in


The bag has a 60 L volume with an extra 10 L extension. The volume of each backpack is measured using a standardised method. we use small balls to fill the main compartment as well as each pocket. The balls are then emptied into a graduated container in order to determine the equivalent volume in litres, with a margin of error of just a few %.


1.75 kg All inclusive.Weight of the removable rain cover 100 g

Air design

As with the MT900 UL line, the MT500 AIR range has a ventilated back structure with mesh fabric (net fabric) that helps the back to breathe and dries quickly. Rigidity is guaranteed by a reinforced frame. The back is adjustable with a release strap that’s easy and quick to use.


Polyamide main fabric 210D RS (Ripstop = increased resistance to tears), reinforced bag base (420Dx330D RS)

Recommended carry weight

According to the project for which this backpack was designed, we recommend you don’t load it above 15 kg. Then you can benefit from all its features. Moreover, it’s not recommended to carry a load greater than 20-25% of your own weight and put too much pressure on your back.

How to pack a backpack?

Put your bedding at the bottom. Put heavy gear (tent, camp stove, food) near your back. Store your clothing around it. A groundsheet or tent can be placed under the flap or under the bag if there isn't room inside. Keep your waterproof jacket and fleece to hand. Place small items for daily use (sun cream, map, glasses etc.) in the pockets. The water bladder can be placed in the compartment provided down the back.

How to use the multi-use straps?

The new range of MT500 AIR and MT900 UL bags has two straps with open aluminium buckles (on the lower part of the bag). These straps let you hook on a tent or mattress under the bag or on the barrel. If not in use, these straps can be stored (by pushing them inside) in the hidden pocket intended for this or detached and used elsewhere with the lark's head knot buckle.

Complementary accessories

To make your MT500 AIR bag easier to use, check out our storage accessories, repair buckles or hanging straps. check out our accessories

Product testing

All our backpacks undergo field tests by users who are representative of our target market under similar conditions to those you will encounter. To test, assess and validate products, our mission test connects the product manager responsible for the product design with individuals independent to DECATHLON. This backpack was tested by trekkers for 5 weeks in the Canary Islands, the Pyrenees and the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Storage instructions

Store your bag in a dry, ventilated place away from direct light.




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