A flimsy, low-cost pack that is better-suited to casual use or travel. The channelled back has no reinforcement so doesn’t distribute loads very well and doesn’t protect the back from hard or sharp objects. Works well when only lightly loaded – courtesy of useful side compression straps – but struggles with a full and heavy load. The main opening is huge, making it very easy to pack, and it has some useful pockets including a large one at front.
Main compartment: Zipped
Back system: Channelled
Other features: Walking pole holders, hydration-compatible, compression straps Contact: 0191 516 5700; www.berghaus.com
First published in Country Walking magazine July 2009.