As our last give-away was so popular I have partnered with the British outdoor specialists, Blacks, for an awesome Berghaus Capacitor 35 backpack give-away. Of course I wouldn’t just give away a product that I haven’t tested myself, so I put the backpack through its paces while hiking in the British countryside, and then during my current South America trip.
The Berghaus Capacitor 35 backpack I tested is specifically designed for women and features a women-specific harness plus a height-adjustable chest strap for additional comfort. Trekking is often a sweaty matter so the flow-back system which allows maximum room for air circulation is a very welcome feature, as it helps prevent that horrible sweaty back situation which is very unpleasant during warm weather and can actually be a hypothermia risk when it is cold.
The backpack also includes a raincover which is really important for trekking as obviously the weather in the mountains can change from one minute to the other, so the rain cover ensures all of your gear definitely stays nice and dry. What I particularly like about the raincover is that it is really big, which means that you can easily and quickly put it on the backpack and then just adjust the fit with some straps. [The raincover on my previous backpack only had an elastic band on the sides and was quite a tight fit, which often made it really difficult to fit it over plastic bottles or walking sticks on the side and made sudden downpours a bit of a fiddly mess].
The Berghaus Capacitor 35 backpack also features a walking pole/ice axe attachment which I find really handy as I always use walking sticks when I go up or downhill (because I am unfit and have aging knees!). When I don’t need them I like to store them away though and on my old backpack I had to put them in the mesh pocket for the water bottle which was a bit of a pain as they always fell out or got tangled so I could never get them out easily.
The Berghaus Capacitor 35 backpack has plenty of room in the main department (35 litres to be precise, which you may have already guessed), as well as the numerous side pockets. There are outside and inside pockets in the lid, a pocket for hydration bladders in the main compartment, two long pockets on either side of the backpack (perfect for sun lotion or a small umbrella, depending on how the British/South American weather is feeling), and two side mesh pockets for bottles.
This is the first trekking backpack I have finally discovered which has enough room for all my things, without being so horribly huge that I can’t carry it comfortably. As a former girl scout I like to be prepared, so on hiking trips I take loads of stuff from raingear, a first aid kit, spare socks and dry clothes, sun lotion, snacks, my DSLR camera, and loads of water. With all of that I still have plenty of room which is nice as I don’t have to unpack the whole backpack if I want to get just one thing out. It is sometimes a bit time consuming to open the backpack as it is a top loader, but most trekking backpacks are from my experience. Plus it is more thief-proof than a backpack with a zip, which is quite handy when you are travelling on numerous buses, including during the night.
During my current South America trip I am also using the backpack as hand luggage, meaning that I put all of my electronics (laptop, camera etc.), plus a coat, fleece, and snacks in the backpack. She really is a versatile travel companion!
All in all I am extremely satisfied with the backpack. It is great for outdoor adventures or your next backpacking trip. So if you would like to win one of these beauties you can like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, share this post on twitter, or leave a comment. If you do all four you will quadruple your chances of winning! Please use the Punchtab widget below so that your likes, comments etc get registered. I will keep the competition open for 5 days from today and will contact the winner who will be randomly drawn via the Punchtab widget. I hope you found the review useful and if you decide to take part in the competition, very best of luck!
Thanks very much to Blacks for providing this give-away. I was not asked to write a favourable review, so as always all opinions remain my own.