Bergans Powerframe 3800



I bought the Bergans 3800 Powerframe a couple of months…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: External Frame
Size: 7000
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 50 lbs
Height of Owner: 180
Price Paid: $400

I bought the Bergans 3800 Powerframe a couple of months ago. Although it's on the heavy side (3.9 kg) and quite expensive I really, really love it. I was looking for an external framepack with a comfortable carrying system and able to hold over 120 liters. I have used the 3800 Powerframe (carrying at least 25 - 30 kg) during backbacking trips in almost every terrain type and it's really comfortable. When my buddies are about to give up (they all use softpacks with approximately 25 kg) I am still walking without a pain.


CARRYING SYSTEM: combines the comfort of a softpack harness with an external frame. Adjustable in every way although I wouldn't recommend it to people smaller than 1.77 meters. Hipbelt is perfectly cone shaped, thickly padded and very, very comfortable. Shoulder straps are S-shaped and also very comfortable. Carry system is very durable and the more load you carry the more comfortable it gets.

PACK BAG: BIG!!!! 130 liters, have you ever heard of that??? Two detachable side pockets included which can be zipped together to form a small daypack. Lid with two pockets, and by the way, it's also detachable. Loads of attach points and loops, even a elastic attach point for sled attachment. Two water bottle holders. Bag itself has one very large lower compartment, and a smaller top compartment separated by cinching a horizontal shroud.

MATERIALS: A tough polyester fabric, fairly thick (and thus heavy), very water resistent, abrasion resistent. Stitching is top quality. I guess Norwegians built stuff to last......

(Although I noticed a small tag on the inside of the bag: MADE IN VIETNAM)....

COMPARISON: I have used the BERGHAUS VULCAN, NORRONA RECONPACK, DANA TERRAFRAME, GREGORY EVOLUTION TOPLOADER all of which are less comfortable than the BERGANS, especially with heavy loads. I would recommend this framepack for extended backpacking trips with over 40lbs of weight. Not very suited for mountainous and densely forested areas due to the size of the bag.


Bergans Powerframe 3800

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