Berghaus Cubic 6+15
The neat little bum bag that thinks it's a day sack plays at Transformers
Posted: 21 June 2000
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The snappily-named Cubic 6+15 - let's just call it the Cubic for
this review, eh - will be instantly familiar to anyone who remembers
the classic Berghaus Blitz. It's a smallish bum-bag that occasionally
throws a wobbly and turns into a full-sized day-sack,a bit like one
of those kiddy Transformer toys.
First it thinks it's a day pack
The concept hasn't changed, the sack part zips out
complete with shoulder straps, but the construction is
massively improved. The old Blitz always had a slightly
flimsy, basic feel to it, but not any more. The Cubic uses
tough Esdura fabric for a rough manly feel and improved
water resistance, but it's also much better
Then it starts to eat itself
The 6-litre bum-bag section has a more substantial,
stable belt with wing-shaped hip sections and decent,
wicking padding, which means it performs as well as many
specialised bum-bags. In an ideal world it'd also have some
compression straps to stop the contents wobbling around.
And finally it's a bum bag. Cool...
The zip-out section gives an extra 15 litres of capacity
and benefits massively from new, wider shoulder straps that
support loads much better than the Blitz's rudimentary
cheese wire versions ever did. It's actually all day useable
as long as you don't try to carry too much weight high up
and pack sensibly to compensate for the lack of padding.
What the Cubic really is splendid at, is those times when you can't
quite decide whether you need a bum-bag or a sack. Warmer than you
thought? Whip off the fleece, extend the bag and voila, no problem
and no clothes hanging off your waist either. If there's any justice
in the world, the Cubic 6+15 will become a modern classic.
Verdict: Brilliant, effective and affordable. Great for
travel, running and mountain biking too.
Pushed for time? A
comfy bum-bag that converts to a full day-sack with one pull of a
zip. Deserves classic status.
Grab me by my toes and drag me to the Berghaus
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