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I do a fair bit of walking and cycling so decided to buy a rucksack whilst visiting my nearest Go Outdoors store. I also wanted a rucksack that I can use later this year for a few long walks in the Peak District and some hill climbs up Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis.
A friend of mine that is an experienced hill climber recommended I bought a rucksack that could hold at least twenty five litres of content. This is why I bought the Berghaus twenty four seven, twenty five litre rucksack.
You can buy this particular rucksack in two colours. Jet Black and Eclipse Blue. I chose to buy the black. It is currently priced at £35.00 or £31.50 using a Go Outdoors discount card. I was happy to pay this price, I have had Berghaus products in the past and have always found them to be top quality. It is quite an expensive brand but if you want a product that stands up to the weather and activity you are doing it is worth paying that extra.
My first impression of the rucksack was that it was exactly what I needed. It felt sturdy enough for some serious outdoor activities and was practical enough for me to use for my daily commute to work.
Up to now the rucksack has stood up well to the elements. On the outside of the bag there is a zip pocket that is very convenient for my phone. I have never noticed any water getting into the pocket or into the main compartment that usually contains quite a few items so I would say that the rucksack is waterproof like so many Berghaus products.
I have also used this rucksack when cycling to work and had water and dirt flick onto it off my wheels when the roads have been wet. It stood up to the water and once dry the dirt was easily brushed off it, leaving it quite clean.
Other features on the outside of the rucksack are two clips that are used to hold walking equipment. The clips open so you can hook them around walking poles. There are also two pouches for water bottles on either side of the rucksack.
The rucksack has a double zip that zip down to halfway meaning that you can open the rucksack quite wide. This helps if you need to put a coat inside it so you don't have to squash it in. You can fold it neatly and just drop the coat in nice and tidy.
On the inside there are a number of features. On the backside of the inner compartment there is a large pocket. I usually throw my wallet and anything else that I might need to find quickly in here, especially if I'm in a rush. At the moment I have some tools for my bike in it. At first I was a little worried that anything I threw in there might stick in my back but that hasn't been the case thankfully.
On the front side of the inner compartment there is a few pockets that are used as an organiser. There are two mesh pockets that I currently use to keep blister plasters in and then behind them a larger pocket that velcros shut, this would be ideal for a small first aid kit. There is also a clip for hooking keys onto, although I prefer to just throw them into the back pouch with my other stuff.
I have now been using the bag to commute to work for the last six months and have to say I have found it to be very comfortable when I have wore it. It hasn't caused me any problems. I have had other rucksacks in the past which I have found rubbed sometimes and were quite uncomfortable around the shoulders and the lower back. I have had no such problems, although I might add I have had a good weight in the rucksack but never filled it to capacity. I am though quite sure even when full it would be a good rucksack to wear.
Two features that add to the comfort of the rucksack are the straps and the the back of the rucksack that actually rests on your back is padded and features a flow system that allows the weight inside the rucksack to distribute evenly across your back and at the same time allow heat to travel upwards and disperse at the top of the rucksack.
I wouldn't say that the straps are completely padded but they are flexible and can be tightened by sliders at the bottom of each strap. I find the straps fit nicely around my shoulders and have never felt them digging in. They are very comfortable.
If you are wearing both straps over your shoulder there is also a strap that fastens across your chest to give the rucksack extra stability. Sometimes weight in the rucksack can cause it to sag off your shoulders and you find yourself continually adjusting yourself to get comfortable. This strap just pulls the rucksack a little tighter around your back and shoulders. The tension of it can be adjusted but it is also elasticated.
The back flow technology is quite simple. The pads on the back of the rucksack are either side of your back with a channel left down the middle. I found this did work well during the winter but now it is getting a little warmer it doesn't seem to work as well because my back has been getting quite warm. It is only a minor quibble I have and it could even be down to the coat I'm wearing at the moment. As it gets warmer I may only wear a t-shirt and find it works perfectly well again.
The dimensions of the rucksack are (approx): 50cm (H) x 29cm (W) x 28cm (D) and the weight when empty is just half a kilogram.
I would recommend the Berghaus twenty four seven rucksack to anybody that does a lot of walking and would even say it is very good as a normal backpack you can use in every day life. I probably wouldn't pay £35 if I just used it for carrying my dinner to work but using it for walking and cycling I do need to put quite a bit of other equipment into it as well.
Up to now this rucksack has provided great value for money to me and I can see it lasting me for some time yet. It still looks like the day I bought it apart from a couple of marks but I am still extremely happy with it and I am glad I chose to buy it.
I managed to pick one of these up in Blacks during a sale for half price which I think was around the £25 mark. That was a few years ago now and I regularly use this for travelling around places and it is still in excellent condition. My backpack is more of a grey/sandy colour than the one in the photograph so they are also available in at least two different colours.
There are a good variety of useful sized pockets. On the front of the backpack there are vertical zips on each side which both open a pocket which are shallow but tall. One of these has an internal pouch with pen-holder sections which is good for small items such as a railcard/loose change etc. There are also two bottle holder sections - one on each side of the bag which are very useful. One of the shoulder straps has a mobile phone pocket however it is made of a mesh material so the phone would be visible here and not very discreet so I prefer to use this pocket for putting other small items in. Inside the bag there is a decent amount of space and a divider at the back that can be used for A4 papers or keeping a folder secure but this just flattens against the back of the bag when not in use as it is made from fabric and is not a rigid divide. The shoulder straps are adjustable as expected.
I have found the zips on this bag to be strong and I have never had an issue with getting them stuck or having the tags break off even when I have stuffed the bag completely full. I also find it comfortable to wear. In conclusion this is a very good small-medium sized backpack and I would recommend it.
As part of a new year's resolution to get healthy after a gluttonous 2010, I decided to use the 'dead time' (and also very unpleasant time) on London's tube system commuting to and from work as an opportunity to improve my health and fitness by making my journey by foot. With this new way of life came the requirement for a new bag. I needed something large enough I could put my gym kit and lunch in and something secure and sturdy enough that would allow me to walk to and from work and run home a couple of times a week the distance of 3.5 miles.
The 'twentyfourseven' comes in different sizes of 10/15/20/25/30 Litres. I chose the 25 litre version, which would probably be considered a little large for running (measuring 50cm (H) x 29cm (W) x 28cm (D)), but I needed to fit in my stuff and the extra weight would help burn calories. As a running backpack, it's actually excellent. The back of the bag is padded, with a 'flow system' which draws moisture from your back and keeps you nice and dry. There's also fully adjustable and padded shoulder straps and an essential waist strap. If you pack the bag carefully, when you run it's attached solidly against your body and doesn't move at all. If you're not running, you can just sling one strap over your shoulder and it's fine for that too.
The bag also has two front vertical zip compartments, one slightly larger than the other. The larger pocket contains a clip to attach a keyring to and a smaller internal pocket suitable for a purse or wallet as well as a couple of pen slots. On the sides there's a couple of small elasticated net pockets which I sometimes put small bottle of drink in, but these are on display to the general public. The final external pocket is a small, narrow net pocket on the front-right bag strap. You could probably fit a pen or chocolate bar in there.
The main compartment is accessed by two zips which pass right around the edge of the bag, allowing you to open it up fully, and have the opening where you choose to position your zips. Note to potential runners: don't leave the two zips at the top of the bag. Somewhere in West London is a pair of my trousers which fell out of my bag due to the zips slowly undoing while running. Zipping to the side is safer! Internally is another compartment at the back of the bag which is useful to separate dirty clothes. I sometimes put my towel in there to further cushion my back while running. At the top of the bag is also a small exit flap which you can feed through headphones, or drinking straw/hydration system.
The bag is a smart navy blue and grey with 'Berghaus' logo positioned vertically on the top right hand side. (Other colours available are red and cranberry). Construction seems to be durable, strong and lightweight, withstanding my abuse well, being constantly overstuffed and shaken about. I haven't got the bag wet yet (as if I'd run in the rain?), but other reports online sugest this bag is good at keeping it's contents surprisingly dry.
Overall I recommend this bag, I'm not sure I'd have kept going until March (and continuing) if it didn't make the experience so much less painful. If it lasts me another year, I'd almost certainly purchase another.
Prices online from £25-£30.
This is my current in a long ling of 'work horse' rucksacks that I have trudged with me into work over the last 10 years. And like all berghaus products the qulaity is very good. Its a great bag for everyday use hense the name twentyfourseven.
You can get a 20 litre version of this bag,I have the 25 litre version and a 12 litre version for runners, but I find that this amount of space can hold the amount of items I choose to take into work, glasses case, lunch, drink, book etc. There are two lightweight comfortable and adjustable straps that sit very comfortably on the shoulders. It also has a small waist belt that could fit around most people, but to be honest it is a little too thin and you wouldnt really use this bag to hold a heavy item, so I find that I do not tend to use it. If this is the case it is easily wrapped up and stowed. It has a main chamber with a sturdy zip and pull toggles, it also has a large outer pocket with a fairly big capacity, this is 'locked' with velcro (but if inm honest the velcro section is a little too small for the size of the pocket and sometimes has been forced open by whats inside, not ideal if you have something valuable in there) . It also has a padded air flow system at the places where the back goes against it, but although this sounds good the padding isnt big enough to allow a space for air to flow between as you might see on a big bergan pack. It has a H2O slit if you feel like running with it and have a camelpak and 2 netted outer pockets to the sides externally that is just the right size to hold a bottle or two if you need it. There is a small netted puchon the right armpull which is just bog enough for a normal sized mobile, not a big blackberry of apple iphone though ! I believe the newer versions of the bag have a apple ipod/mp3 player pouch instead.
The outer material is a strong, durable, lightweight Esdura 600 D polyester fabric, which is very strong, ive packed allot into it and it doesnt rip, its also very lightweight. This is very durable and doesent rip, ive misused mine for over two years and neither the main chamber material or the stiching on the arm holds have ripped as they so commonly do with other badly made bags. The only downpoint is that it is not waterproof, although it can soak up allot of water, anything more then a small downpour and it will enventually saturate and water will drip into the central chamber and so onto anything you have in it.
Very reasonable at around £20 to £25...if you go to the blacks website you can getit for about £5 cheaper then in store but you should buy it with something else big to save on the P&P.
My place of work is 2 miles from home. Not far enough to drive, but far enough to be an irritatingly longish walk. Especially if it rains, which being the UK it does a lot. So, I decided to make the walk a run which would make it a)quicker and b)my exercise. So the first day I set off with my battered old rucksac on my back, full of enthusiasm... and promptly discovered as it oscillated wildly with each stride that if this running plan was to succeed a 'proper' rucksac was needed...
Enter the Berhaus Twentyfourseven 25L. My initial reasons for its choice was its reasonable price (around £25), non-offensive appearance and its adjustable straps and waist belt to limit its ability to generate its own momentum. Having now used it 10 times a week for over 3 months, how do I feel about my choice?
Well, pretty darn smug to be honest.
Firstly - appearance - it is the ultimate in discrete with various panels being a variety of black and grey. Despite a distinct lack of TLC on my part it continues to look new after 3 months of hard use, which I'm impressed by.
Secondly - capacity. As well as a large central space, with 'pouch with little pouch' for ipod, it has 2 mesh pockets on the side that have kept various little objects (contact lens case, keys, pens) safe while jogging and 2 more pockets on the front which contain a slightly bewildering array of pouches to store things in. It has easily accommodated a change of clothes including shoes as well as showering kit and work-related stuff. So although its clearly not a backpacking holiday rucksac, I'd say for any day-to-day needs you may have its capacity will be adequate. The only time it struggled was when I tried to fit in a birthday cake as well. Which, retrospectively, is not something you should have in your rucksack anyway, especially when running...
Thirdly, durability. This rucksac has been filled to its maximum capacity, bounced around, thrown down without remorse and it still looks good, has no holes and all the zips work. Full marks on that front from me.
Fourthly - comfort. Since I've been running with it I've been pushing its 'comfortableness', and its still come out quite well. The back is slightly padded as are the straps, which helps comfort no end. The straps are also adjustable even to my slight frame. The only downside is that the waist strap isn't padded so can cut a little if its overloaded and you're running, and the shoulder pads can be slightly abrasive if running and its against naked skin.
Fifthly - waterproof(ness). None of its contents have ever got wet. Which considering its been so full and in the rain so much is a testament to it.
So is there anything about it I don't like? Not really, except maybe the overgrowth of pouches inside the front pocket which has on occasion made me think I've lost something only for me to subsquently find it.
So in summary: a great bag for the commuting runner!