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  • Berghaus rucksack?
  • Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Has anyone got one of the larger 65lt ones? They look like rebadged Chinese generic rather than good quality, but then Berghaus are ok brand…

    Alternative suggestions for 55-65lt pack on under £100 budget for 6′ son of mine. This is for DofE through leaving home.

    We’ve already got (old) Karrimor Alpinists 60, excellent Deuter 55-60, two (old skool) Lowe Alpines (comfy and heavy). Looking for fewer pockets and faff.

    No Osprey.

    Usually we would go look at a few in person to choose…

    vanilla83
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    I’ve had the Berghaus Jalan 60+10 for years and it’s coped with all sorts and still going very strong.

    ElShalimo
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    Gregory packs are fab but expensive. There’s been some very good deals recently on Sportpursuit and Rock &Run websites

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    lightwave? I have the wildtrek 70 and its the best rucksac I have used. Properly waterproof as well ( although t’missus one the waterproofing failed) Saved me over a kilo

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    My experience with Berghaus Packs has generally been okay bar the weird, plasticky thing with floating harness system they did a few years back, but for bombproof, well thought-out performance I’d go with Lowe Alpine every time. I know one of the pack designers there and the amount of testing and development that goes into stuff – from fabrics and construction through to field testing – is genuinely impressive. Lighter than they used to be as well.

    There’s a large version of the Altus, erm, 52:57 which is over budget but, if the 42:47 is anything to go by would carry really nicely as long as you don’t chronically overload it. Might be worth a shot if you can find a discounted one. Around £120 on eBay from Germany.

    Or maybe something like this for a more traditional big pack gig:
    https://www.millets.co.uk/equipment/331237-manaslu.html

    Premier Icon househusband
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    No Osprey.

    @matt_outandabout

    I’m curious why?

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I’ve seen a few fall apart that fellow instructors used for a single season, lots of torn mesh as well. And I think they’re well over ‘featured’.

    But then I favour the big hole, two compression straps, one lid pocket, a flat back system and made out of Cordura of my old Alpiniste . It’s a 1994 vintage and in unable to wear it out.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    Cool, thanks for explaining. I’ve always been an Osprey fan but then most of my Osprey packs are MTB packs and the newest several years old. Do have one that I bought 2yrs ago, a large 65l pack, for DofE but I’ll be selling it as I’m not involved in it anymore – only used once. And it is one of the heavily featured packs you mention!

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    But then I favour the big hole, two compression straps, one lid pocket, a flat back system and made out of Cordura of my old Alpiniste . It’s a 1994 vintage and in unable to wear it out.

    Mine went back three times for repairs to stitching. I know what you mean though, a proper classic, simple alpine sack from before when alpine packs got lighter and more scrawny. I suspect the nearest modern equivalent would be a Macpac Sentinel or similar, but big bucks.

    Once you get down below £100, back systems and foam densities tend to get quite basic, I think. Which is why I like Lowe Alpine, they seem to have stuff like that and the shape of lumbar pads etc, nailed.

    Or Arc’teryx, again if you can find one at an affordable price – good luck with that, though SP occasionally has them. The outdoors industry’s dirty secret is that everyone seems to use Arc’teryx packs when they think no-one can see them. Sorry, that wasn’t much practical use.

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    I’ve seen a few fall apart that fellow instructors used for a single season, lots of torn mesh as well. And I think they’re well over ‘featured’.

    I think that’s true of a lot of their hiking packs, but my Osprey Raptor bike pack has been absolutely bombproof. I suspect the Mutants would do okay too, but yes, I’ve seen the stretchy mesh stuff die fast and they are a bit fussy.

    Premier Icon kcal
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    some bugger nicked my old Alpiniste in about 1991, still bitter.
    The newer one was OK but not the same bombproof ness.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Ok, the alternative to a £60 Berghaus is an £80 Vaude Asymmetric 52+8. I’m a big fan of Vaude – anyone got one of these?

    Matt are you in Sheffield? I have A Berghaus Bioflex 65+10 c7 that I don’t need any more. It’s kind of old (probably 10-15years) but rarely used and in great condition. £15? Can send pics if you’re interested.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Thanks Superficial – we’re in Dunblane now. It’s also his birthday present, and I think he wants shiny new…

    ElShalimo
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    I’ve got a couple of Vaude bags. They’re excellent quality just like Deuter.

    ElShalimo
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    This might be perfect for you, not sure if your lad will like it though. He will be able to watch his grandkids use it…

    https://www.aiguillealpine.co.uk/product/rucksacks-bags/cc0142/

    If you change your mind re buying new I’ve also got a Bergie C65+10C7 that’s as good as new, only been used for 3 or 4 bothy trips. Bought as a replacement for an ageing Alpiniste55 that was finally succumbing to old age – much like its owner. Finally realised my days of big mountain trips were over (can’t complain, had a good 4 decade’s worth) and its been lying in the bottom of a cupboard ever since.
    I’m in Paisley if you are ever down this way and would like a gander.

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