Berghaus Arete 35
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Comfortable Fusion back system 4 tough gear loops Removable chest strap Twin side-compression straps Twin ice axe holders Crampon attachment Side compression straps 2 wand pockets 2-point haul loop.
Please note, you may also be interested in the slightly larger Berghaus Arete 45.
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Berghaus Arete 35 Reviews
Reviewed by Sam Walker (England) on 2005-12-28:
General comments: The Berghaus Arete 35 is a perfectly sized small cragging sack. Used mine for a year with no problems. Nice size, big enough for a rack and a rope and all bits for a day on the crag.
Some small touches are nice, like key clip on inside of top-pocket and pocket for camelbak, though that's somethign I come to expect on a sack now-a-days.
Chest strap is useful, like the elastic on it and find the waitbelt to be very easy to fasten and undo, even when frozen.
The loops on the waitbelt are useless and rarely use to rack gear, same with the ones on the shoulder straps
Back is fairly comfortable and carry the load well, not particularly sweaty but nothing to write hoem about.
Elastic on front is always a nice touch, perfect for crampons or just hanging spare clothing off
Overall a good cheap cragging sack, likely to take years of abuse.Comment on this review...
Cons: Back isnt super comfortable
Gear loops on shoulders/waistbelt useless
Reviewed by Tom Graham (Devon) on 2006-01-05:
General comments: The Berghaus Arete 35 is a great little rucksack, which I think is unbeatable for the price. The material is strong and 35 litres means there is just that little bit of extra space for your kit. The pack is comfortable to carry and the pocket for the hydration system is very useful. In contrast to the other reviewer I find the gear loops quite handy, particularly the ones on the waistbelt for carrying ice axes when you need to pull them out fairly frequently, especially as the 35 litre version does not have ice axe loops. Those who feel that there is not enough room in the 35 litre bag will be pleased to hear that there is also a 45 litre version that conatins a few more features, but is still essentially a no frills rucksack.
Whilst it would be nice to include more features on this bag I think that Berghaus have knocked out a great bag at an even better price. When you compare it to other brands packs of a similar size there is no real contest and the arete wins every timeComment on this review...
Pros: Comfortable, light weight, minimal but useful features. Best bag in its price range.
Cons: Not available in many stockists (personal experience) so shop around.
Reviewed by Darrin Frew (Glasgow) on 2006-08-24:
General comments: I have the 45 Litre version and did the West Highland Way with it with very few problems. In fact, not only did I fill the bag but I had a significant amount of equipment strapped to the gear loops on the back (I see the 35 Litre Berghaus Arete doesn't have those) so the bag was carrying more than it is probably designed too.
The bag has been dragged over many rock slabs with no damage or even marking to the material and it looks as good as new! The shoulder straps are comfortable and can easily be adjusted however my one complaint would be that as a taller than average individual I found the hip belt rather uncomfortable. Having said that the bag was still extremely comfortable using only the shoulder straps despite carrying a heavier load than would normally be carried in this bag.
An other minor problem was that the side pockets are only partially elasticated as a result I had problems with standard sized water bottles falling out
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Pros: Great value for money, comfortable even with out hip belt, capable of performing beyond it's niche as a day bag, well constructed
Cons: Hip belt uncomfortable on tall man, in warmer weather the back really heats up with no airflow. Side pockets not ineffective 'lose' smaller, lighter objects.
Reviewed by Kelvyn James (Kendal) on 2010-11-24:
General comments: I've had this sack for more years than I care to remember. It's been everywhere with me - up so many routes it can probably solo by now! It's taken absolutly everything that a route can throw at a sack - & its still in great condition & doing the job it was bought for. I don't know what the material is - but its tough - I can honestly say I've come to abuse this sack as it just doesn't seem to sustain any damage - the sticthing is robust & the straps all seem to be really well secured.Quite simply this is a really tough sack thats simple, easy to use & well designed. There aren't any really uneccessary features - but there are some nice touches, I find the gear straps on the shoulder straps really useful for quick access & the side pockets are niceley elasticated for slipping hats or maps into on the move. The ergonomic design means the sack sits well inside the line of your back & creates an excellent centre of gravity - theres no sensation of being pulled off the rock. The downside to this is there is absolutley no air flow to your back - in warm conditions you will get a wet back!Comment on this review...
Pros: Bombproof & realatively cheap.
Cons: You might get a sweaty back.
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