7 responses

  1. Jules
    August 16, 2013

    Interesting to read a comprehensive review of a product by Bergans, a brand only just working it’s way into the market here in the UK.

    It looks like a decent pack, with many good features and a robust build. I also think there are a lot of ultralight backpackers here in the UK that would think 1.1kg for a 55L bag is heavy, which may slow down the uptake of packs like this, and hence delay their establishment in the market.

    Which I think would be a pity, because we could do with a bit of a shake-up on pack suppliers. There’s been so much emphasis on either very, very lightweight gear or jackets made from the latest fabrics, that good, basic run-of-the-mill packs have become a bit unsexy.

    • romney
      August 17, 2013

      I’d think it heavy because I’ve read about UL packs on the internet, but I don’t have access to them where I live in the UK and I’m not going to buy a pack without trying it on…so its all relative. If Bergans were sold near me then I’d try this out.

      • Philip Werner
        August 17, 2013

        It’s not trying to be an ultralight backpack, plus most UL backpacks can’t survive in winter. They get cut up like ribbons by pointy objects. I think you’d like this pack though. Very comfortable.

  2. Philip Werner
    August 16, 2013

    I can’t imagine that UL backpackers make up the bulk of the market in the UK. Maybe I’m wong, but it’s also not the case in the US. I’m just trying to get people out of 3+ pound backpacks and would consider that a victory. The UL crowd has already been educated about going light- I am more interested in helping everyone else

    • Jules
      August 16, 2013

      Definitely agree with you there! The big market is the more general buyer who wants light, but maybe not ultralight, and durable/practical/comfortable too. But it often helps when there is a surge of support from somewhere, so new players can get a foothold in the market on the back of good reports – like yours!

      I do hope Bergans – or any other promising newcomer to the UK, for that matter – can get established in the UK market. I think we need new players – it gives us more choice, and keeps the “established” brands on their toes!

  3. Peter
    November 8, 2014

    This looks like a great pack, and the long zip really appeals. Do you know if this pack could be compressed down to a carry-on luggage size (for instance, by removing the aluminium stay and the top lid), which here in Europe is around 55cm long? Also, I see that the recommended load is up to 12kg – do you know if it could cope with more than this? How about 15kg? Maybe this would put some stress on the lighter fabrics and attachments.

    • Philip Werner
      November 8, 2014

      Peter, There is a center stay which can be pulled out (see text above) so Isuspect you’d be able to compress the pack small enough for carry on travel in Europe. I would also suspect you can overload it to 15 kg. The fabrics were plenty tough as I remember.

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