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Amazing value, amazing size, amazing durability!
- Large enough for everything and more
- Water resistant fabric
- Slightly too large for the smaller hikes
The pack is great for the longer hikes and trips.
If adjusted properly, the comfort factor is amazingly great, if maladjusted it is like having a pig on your back, and that is not the mammal pig I am talking about...
The capacity is perfect for a week or two in the wilds.
The two side compartments make everything easily accessed.
I have had this Bergen for nearly a year. In that time it has been thrown off a three meter ledge onto rock. It has been buried under two feet of snow (that was scary!). And it has been soaked I don't know how many times, and all of the insides remained dry. Truly a bombproof ruck.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 140 pounds
While I was working the Dutch army we had same the rucksacks sendend over from the Royal Marines. I've been with the Vulcan II to Norway, Greece, Germay and Wales under all circumstances and the rucksack was my house, my kitchen and sleeping room. And for Her Majesty's we had to carry "some extra's." It's a rucksack where you can always depend on. I also bought for my own a smaller one the Berghuas Dart 35 only smaller, but also very good.
Number of Pockets: 2 daypack(zipoff) toppocket
Max. Load Carried: circa 80 kg
Height of Owner: 1.80
Price Paid: nothing
An OG Bergen with internal frame in proofed cordura. Substantial central pocket capacity with divider at bottom and bottom (sturdy) zipper access to compartment so formed. PLCE pouch may be attached to either side, although supplied pouches are an inch or so longer than PLCE they use same zip design. Straps everywhere, including ice axe on back and good hoist loops.
Ignore volumetric capacity. You can fit way more in here than you can carry, unless you have a penchant for down. The main compartment expands upwards... and upwards.
This bergen is way better than issue in terms of stability and comfort, load-carrying, waterproofing and usability. That said, the waterproofing could have been done better if they had felt like adding another couple of kilos to the mass of the material.
Main problem is that if the lid and main compartment are packed fairly full then you will have a hard time getting a lidded head up to fire (or observe capably) from prone. Any webbing you're wearing will need to have low-slung rear pouches. Still, if you're bumped wearing this, you'll be dumping it pronto. And if you're wearing a PLCE compatible vest and webbing you've got effective patrol pack capabilities with the side pouches anyway.
Design: internal frame bergen
Size: 120 dm^3
Number of Pockets: 1 main (2 compartments) + 2 side + 2 in lid
Max. Load Carried: 80 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: I think it was about UKP250
This is one of the best rucksacks you can own. You can pack 100liters and over 40kg. It is used by the Swedish "costal rangers". Test it!!!
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 35kg
Height of Owner: 184cm
Price Paid: 3000sek