I squarely blame @edmundro and his posts above for reigniting a minor obsession with old Karrimor backpacks. Always really liked the build quality and the simple designs, the Hots in particular.
It started with a late-80s 40L Hot Earth in all-black with orange bits which was a fabulous pack. No idea what happened to that one but I have a Bobcat 65 grabbed for cheap in the company sell-off in the early 2000s which is a decent load lugger, if not quite as good. Then there's a really useful purple/green 30L Wild Crag from 1993 which has been my hiking daysack for yonks.
Rather regret chopping the waist strap off it though so last week I decided to hit eBay for a replacement and lucked onto a 1990 Hot Ice exactly like Ed's partner's. It's got the rubber base and the waist strap with the cool KQR belt buckle... such a great unbreakable design. The KS100t is amazing fabric and almost as good as new but the green sides are lesser stuff and some of the waterproofing is a touch iffy inside... generally use a liner on proper walks anyway, so it's no biggie. Overall quite pleased.
Wild Crag left, Hot Ice right