This backpacking rucksack, which comes in men’s and women’s styles, is big brother to the £100 Berghaus C7 1 Series 65+10 with the only difference being the price and capacity. The back system is unique as it is able to flex and move with the body, while maintaining stability of the load. This clever trick is achieved by having a hipbelt that pivots on a pendulum that is fixed to the backsystem in exactly the same position as your back flexes. The shoulder straps can also rise up the back when you bend forward. All this movement is constructed on a mechanical frame, which is why stability of load is also maintained, particularly when walking over uneven terrain. However there is more to this rucksack than the back system. You get a main compartment with lower and upper entry point. The top opening gets a deep snow lock extension. The lid lifts to allow extra capacity to be crammed into the top of the main compartment, while a bellow of fabric links the lid to the main body to prevent water from seeping into the main compartment. You get bellows side pockets, plus compression straps and wand pockets that allow trekking poles to be easily stowed on the sides of the pack. The ice axe loops on the front of the ‘sack can also be used for trekking pole carriage. You get a front compression panel with a map pocket built in which is useful and the ‘sack is also hydration system-compatible. You get a rain cover and the lid has waterproof seams. All that for £130 and 2750g is ideal for most walkers and a highly recommended option for general backpacking. But it’s not the lightest ‘sack available at 2750g, and the back system is a little lumpy as the contact zones are limited to allow movement and airflow so you could argue that these two factors are more important than a soft back. The lid cannot be raised as much as some and it also cannot be removed or turned into a waistpack as some can. This won’t be an issue for everyone but some will no doubt see this as a drawback, particularly for extended foreign expeditions. Some people may also prefer a simpler back system and the conventional feel of a pack that does not allow such extra body movement.
Fabric: Ardura 1000D / 600 RS and Esdura 600D
Features: adjustable Bioflex back system; twin main compartments; waterproof seams on lid; lid with 2 pockets; bellows side pockets; side compression straps; wand pockets; rain cover; hydration system-compatible
Made in China
Stores: no info provided
Verdict: Buy it if you want a superb ‘sack that provides a stable carry while allowing extra freedom of movement and a good set of features while being available at a sensible price.