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I must admit that I bought this rucksack based on the reputation of Berghaus. I bought it for the coast to coast walk so it needed to have space for all my gear. Top of my priorities was an adjustable back support. I am 5" 7 so relatively short and I have had problems before with rucksacks which tend to hang far too low down. This rucksack addresses this issue with an adjustable support. However this does not stay in place once you begin moving. It soon slips out of place as do the shoulder straps. This does make it very uncomfortable for walking with. I sorted this out by tying knots in the straps and using tape to secure them. The only other problem but a major one is the back support itself. I had 35-40 pounds of equipment on my back for the walk which proved too much for this rucksack. Like another reviewer here I was bitterly disappointed to find that after a few days the back had buckled under the strain, and a few days later the two supports had completely ripped through the canvas. This caused me a lot of pain and if Im honest it nearly forced me to quit the trail.
So on to the other points. I know why bother Ive already clicked on my 2 star seen as it completely failed me, but thats one more than 1 star...
-there are a LOT of straps hanging loose-only bothered me when i was stood on them trying to lift it up to put it on my back;o) but could be a problem on conveyor belts at airports etc get some tape ready!
-good features-really nice waterproof cover for the rucksack which should be mandatory for all rucksacks. If you are carrying a tent and strap it to the bottom the cover will still fit over it, however in high winds this will come off as unfortunately it doesnt have enough hold
-LARGE main compartment, really nice to fit all your bulky items and a flat pocket next to the back which I put my OS maps in. You get your extra space at the bottom, also I think a good design-this is where I put my sleeping bag
-Handy top pocket for waterproof jacket and trousers.
-side pockets are large and lots of compression straps
Its a shame really that the back system was the major flaw in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend this rucksack for any backpacking. If you travel lighter of course these issues may not be a problem