“ Brand: Berghaus / Style: Mountaineer / Max Litres: 80 / Feature: Wheeled „
Before I start my review I should point out that I am a man reviewing a woman's backpack. This is for 2 reasons
1 - I have the larger men's (75 lt) version of the same backpack
2 - Whilst away with my girlfriend (who does own this backpack) I have ended up carrying it more than her, so feel qualified to comment.
The bag itself is well made and durable. It has a 2nd smaller backpack that is zipped to the front. This is very handy, as you can always detach it and use it for hand luggage on flights, or as a rucksack for daily use.
The main backpack is front opening, which in my opinion, is far better than the top loading backpacks as you can open it up and get to pretty much everything in your bag rather than having to take everything out if you need something at the bottom. It also has a smaller section at the bottom, which is an ideal size for putting a sleeping bag. The backpack is roomy and definitely has more than enough room to fit all your belongings.
The backpack also has an outer flap and zip that means you can zip up the shoulder straps, which I really like. I have been at many airports watching people trying to tie up their straps so that they don't catch on things, whilst all you have to do with this backpack is zip them up. Easy!
The main reason me and my other half bought this range of backpack was the fact that it comes with wheels, meaning you can drag your backpack like normal luggage. We did this quite a lot. Although, I would say that there are drawbacks in its design. The main one being that you just use the handle at the top of the bag, there is no extension to it. This means unless you are quite short, which neither my girlfriend nor I are, you have to lean over whilst pulling the bag which can be quite uncomfortable.
When on the back, the backpack is comfortable, although it can be a bit of a chore getting all the strap lengths right so that it fits you best and you don't notice the added weight of the wheels. However, be careful what you put in the lower compartment as it can unbalance you and put extra strain on your shoulders.
I would definitely recommend this bag to men and women alike.
I bought the Berghaus Jalan 55+15 which is the smaller version of this bag for travelling south east asia. It was much sturdier than the eurohike backpack I had originally bought from blacks. I therefore went back to buy this model in the sale for £80. It was thrown about by airport staff, onto trains, buses and withstood all of this trauma. The bag came out with only a few scratches but did not rip. At times the zips were strained but there was not signs that the zips would burst as they were very tough. The bag opens like a suitcase so was easy to pack and easy to find items. The daysack came in handy on days out when we did trecking or went on trips of only a day or two. The back system on the bag was brilliant when fitted properly and caused me no backpain even though my backpack was on average about 15/16kg.
The Berghaus Jalan 65+15 is a highly specified, large capacity travel rucksack with the Biofit load carrying back system. A 15L removable, expandable daysack provides extra capacity, and wheels allow maximum versatility.