Helikon Bergen Backpack
- Transport handle
- Stiffened back
- Comfortable carrying system
- Ergonomic, comfortable shoulder straps with quick opening
- External MOLLE/PALS panel for attachment of additional pouches
- Three external buckled pockets
- Detachable, adjustable hip belt
- YKK zippers
- Loop panel on flap for personalization
- Double adjustment of main compartment (drawstring with cordlock)
- Hydration bladder compatible - bladder handle
Good pack, but not perfect.
I've had this pack for about 6 weeks and have used it on a few over nighters and wanted to share my feedback.
Overall, the quality of the bag is excellent. It's very well made and certainly robust. I like the pockets for axes, knives and folding saws. The molle under the flap near the main opening is a great idea.
The large external pouch in the centre is a good size, but I would have preferred the side pouches to have a similar drawstring cover. A minor issue and not something that would put me off recommending this pack. have a Helikon water bottle pouch I have added, as well as a cheap Amazon one, which is actually quite excellent, so I can carry some larger items externally and they nestle between the outer and centre pouches.
Something that made me frown, was the smaller molle on the base of the pack. I bought some webbing and a bunch of clips etc, which are fine for the top/sides, but too large for molle on the base. Not exactly a show stopper, but an odd choice.
Overall, this is a really good bag. especially at this price point. I know it's really a day bag, but with some webbing and pouches, it could serve on multi day outings, if you plan your kit well.
9.5 out of 10
Almost perfect, is wish it was just a little bigger main compartment, and the little pocket on the top again a little bigger. Also the pockets behind the pouches are genius but I use for all sorts of gear but not axes so for me having them open at the bottom is not good, I like being able to get at items without opening pockets and searching. Chocolate bars fall through :) with the holes. Didn’t think I’d use the hidden Molly loops but There are a fantastic touch. Such a well thought out pack. Also the having the four loops to and bottom for adding straps is great for me as I’ve always attached rain gear like that for quick access. A little bigger and I’d never need another pack again just 25 litres instead of 18
Great bit of kit!
Bought the Helikon Bergen with a view to using as a day to day pack, ferrying stuff to work and for day hikes etc. However on receipt I realised that with the addition of some webbing straps on the bottom I can fit enough gear for a weekend camp in it. The Cordura fabric is very tough, generous pockets, quality buckles and plenty of attachment points, excellent bit of kit. Love the pockets nestled behind the front and side pockets too! handy for an axe , folding saw and knife to be concealed. 10/10