Talkback: Berghaus Reinvents The Alpine Pack

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13/02/2012 at 22:55
looks... ugly
14/02/2012 at 09:47
I think that looks quite good! Berghaus is really starting to make some interesting kit.
14/02/2012 at 09:52
I like it. The lid pocket reminds me of the soon to be releases Montane sack in that the top pocket seems to open at the top so your bits are more likely to stay in yet it opens well so you can see stuff not just blindly root around like in my ancient Berghaus alpine sack. Now all I want is a 40-45 litre version that doesn't weigh a tonne for backpacking with.
14/02/2012 at 11:05
The nice thing about the Montane pack, which I've been using all winter and really rate, is that the lid pocket it not only stiffened, it also opens outwards, which means your mate can access stuff from your lid pocket more easily. Simple, but really, really handy.

The stuff being produced by the Berghaus Mtn.Haus programme is really interesting. I think the key to that is that they're not under the sort of time pressure that generally hits outdoor designers, which means more prototyping and development and closer cooperation with sponsored athletes.

Plus some of the technical developments will filter down into the less top-end stuff with time, so I guess it's possible that some of the features on packs like the Caldera and from the elite Houlding-developed Asgard clothing will appear on less specialist items. In fact they will, watch this space...

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14/02/2012 at 11:29

Not that they've got such a great record with that so far - like the Octans packs they did.

The 40L one @0.7kg is definetly impressive, that the 25L version is somehow slightly heavier rather suggests the focus rather slipped

(and does make having both in the range a tiny bit nonsensical.).

14/02/2012 at 11:30

Jon, which Montane pack have you been using?

14/02/2012 at 11:53

The Medusa 32 - do a search for it on the site - it's a really neat mountain all-rounder that oddly seems to fill a gap that not many packs are in: relatively light, relatively tough, some really neat features.

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14/02/2012 at 12:13

Got the MnHaus Asgard jacket. Got it over the smock because I liked the venting with the internal pockets. I really like the idea of the core body venting over the pit zips approach. It also has a wierd feature in that one side of the zip teeth run is longer than the other or it is offset somehow. That creates a little opening under the flap which I'm not sure does anything but I'll buy into the blurb that it allows venting even when done up (know it isn't true but the feature does intrigue me as too why?).

I'd be tempted by more Mtn Haus stuff in the future. I think it is kind of getting Berghaus back into the top end a bit. IIRC you used to always see Bonnington wearing Berghaus on his expeds. Back to the best of British Mountaineering perhaps, or at least working at it...

As far as the sack goes, well I have an 18 or so year old Berghaus Alpine Extrem sack and rate it. It is about 1.6kg and does me for backpacking as it is 50 litres + 10 litres and the design is limpet like on your back when you need it to be, very well balanced and stable. If they have repeated this with the new sack (Caldera) then it should be good. With my sack it is the webbing that pulls the hipbelt into the body of the pack in my sack that I rate most. I've yet to find a sack as good.

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