Kit review: Berghaus Vapour 20 rucksack

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5 Responses

  1. Nick Green says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to give this pack a try. I have bought numerous running packs over the years, but being tall they always seem to ride up my back and end up with the waist band round mid chest.
    This seemed to work much better. I ran for about three hours on trails carrying a moderate weight and it was so comfortable I hardly noticed it.
    The chrome rods are a bit odd but seem to work well keeping everything in place once the compression cords are tights. Horizontal bottle holder works well too.
    I would agree the roll top is over complicated if the material itself isn’t waterproof. Why not just a flap?

  2. Fiona says:

    Thanks for your additional review. It’s great to see new ideas in outdoor kit working so well. Enjoy running more miles with the pack!

  3. Christian McGill says:

    Hi, I’m Design Manager for equipment at Berghaus – glad to hear this pack seems to be working well for you, and good to read about the niggles too… Sorry I know this is 6 months on, but just to reassure you the alloy poles on the front should weather fine with no chance of rusting – but please let me know if you have had any problems!

    The idea behind the poles is that they enable better compression of the pack – even/consistent compression from top to bottom – from my experience this seems to work well, although it does seem they’re not easily understood so perhaps we need to do a better job of explaining them. On larger packs such as the Bioflex Light series, they also aid in packs by helping to hold the pack upright while empty.

    I wanted to have the roll-top closure on this pack because although not water-proof, it gives better weather protection in showers than a zip, and also allows a really lightweight construction compared to a ‘lid’. Again, I know roll-closures don’t suit everyone though.

    I’m really glad to hear you both like the bottle that can be accessed on the move, and the the pack is comfortable too (it’s one of my personal favourites…!).

    If you see this post, I’d love to hear how you’re getting on with the pack now, if you’ve continued to use it since your comments back in May?

    Many thanks
    Christian

  4. Christian McGill says:

    Hi, I’m Design Manager for equipment at Berghaus – glad to hear this pack seems to be working well for you, and good to read about the niggles too… Sorry I know this is 6 months on, but just to reassure you the alloy poles on the front should weather fine with no chance of rusting – but please let me know if you have had any problems!

    The idea behind the poles is that they enable better compression of the pack – even/consistent compression from top to bottom – from my experience this seems to work well, although it does seem they’re not easily understood so perhaps we need to do a better job of explaining them. On larger packs such as the Bioflex Light series, they also aid in packs by helping to hold the pack upright while empty.

    I wanted to have the roll-top closure on this pack because although not water-proof, it gives better weather protection in showers than a zip, and also allows a really lightweight construction compared to a ‘lid’. Again, I know roll-closures don’t suit everyone though.

    I’m really glad to hear you both like the bottle that can be accessed on the move, and the the pack is comfortable too (it’s one of my personal favourites…!).

    If you see this post, I’d love to hear how you’re getting on with the pack now, if you’ve continued to use it since your comments back in May?

    Many thanks
    Christian

  5. Fiona says:

    Many thanks for this thorough comment. The pack is excellent and well thought out. In fact, it appealed so much to a friend that he took it off my hands and really enjoys running with it himself. He says it’s one of his favourite running packs. I now wish I’d held on to it but I do receive a lot of kit to test! I’d be happy to test another though!

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