What are the Best Backpacks out there today?
That depends, of course.
Are you the weary traveler?
Are you the lone outdoor hiker?
Or are you simply a student wanting to make life easier when carrying your books, gadgets, laptop or overnight doodads.
That’s where the Berghaus Jalan II pack comes into play…
Based on overall rating, quality of material, size, durability and reputation of the maker, the Berghaus Jalan II is one of the best backpacks that anyone could own.
This pack comes in a 60 liter version for men and a 65 liter version for women, one of the larger packs we have reviewed. A huge reason we love this backpack so much is that it zips most of the way round so you can open it like a suitcase!
It also has a detachable day sack, which is hydration pack compatible (another great feature!) Amongst other features, the great thing about this rucksack is Biofit back system which is designed specifically for carrying large loads and helps keep the loads stable as well as a comfortable fit.
At a price of $280, its on the higher end; but you get a quality backpack. No qualms from us!
Berghaus backpacks are known for their quality of design and workmanship. Since 1966, outdoor wear as we know it didn’t really exist, then Berghaus came along.
I absolutely had to buy a new backpacker rucksack as the one by Vango that I used in while overseas wore out VERY quickly. It was a mess at the end of my deployment and when I got back after those 5 months, it went in the trash! What a waste.
I’m so happy to have the Berghaus rucksack now because it is so much better. It’s very well made and for heavy use, it’s perfect.
The main fabric is impossible to rip though, so there are no tears. Every strap and buckle is of top quality so they’re working perfectly and still look great. The stitching is solidly done and although the first holes usually appear on a seam when you’re over-stuffing your backpack, I don’t have any. It’s still as solid as a rock.
When it comes to quality in manufacturing, you’d be hard pressed to beat a Berghaus backpack.
For me, buying a new rucksack was an investment I needed to make after the flimsy Vango I’d used in Australia. I wanted to spend my money wisely and chose the Jalan, which sits in the mid-price range. It’s just shy of £100 so it’s certainly not the cheapest. Because I wanted to save money last time I made the mistake of buying a cheap rucksack which didn’t last!
For me, the £100 has been well worth it because the quality of this one tells me that it’s going to last me a good few years more. I have a buddy, Amar, from Gap Year Escape that has had the same backpack as mine for over 4 years now and it’s still going strong.
Although you may need one now for a trip lasting only a few months, chances are you’ll travel again and need your backpack. So if you’re not strapped for cash right now, you can easily justify the price tag.
Regarding the contents of my bag . . . . .
The previous pack I had was 80 + 20 litres. Because it could hold so much I used it as an excuse to buy way too much stuff. I was lugging around things I didn’t really need.
This time I have a 60 litre main sack which easily carries everything I’ve packed for my Gap Year, with space to spare. The additional 10 litre day pack gives me an extra bit of room just in case I need to pack in a rush and find myself cramming everything in!!
The reduced size means my baggage weight has come down which saves me money when I’m flying on a low cost airline. Overall though it is so much easier to carry!
The Berghaus Jalan II has some nifty features which are perfect for backpackers:
For starters, it isn’t designed like a traditional top-loader. This bag zips up more like a suitcase, which makes it easier to pack and also a lot easier to find your stuff!! There is no more rooting around, elbow deep in dirty laundry!! My only hesitation with this design is that it isn’t a full-split, which means that the bottom 25% is still enclosed, which is a disappointment.
When you open the bag you’ll see some straps which are used to compact everything. There is also a mesh net, which works well to separate stuff from the main part. This can be used for dirty clothes, electric chargers or even important travel documents.
On the outside of the bag there are more compression straps, a side-carry strap, a top-carry strap and fully adjustable, breathable back and waist straps. So lugging this bad for long distances is no problem.
If that wasn’t enough, all the clips and zips are semi-hidden so they don’t get caught on things which could cause them to break. They’re also not in the way. There’s also a hidden cover that is used for packing away the back and waist straps during flights or bus or car trips when traveling over land.
The detachable day sack can be expanded if need be. But the straps on the day bag aren’t the same sturdy quality as is on the rest of the pack, so you wouldn’t want to be carrying around anything too heavy. The day bag though is a great little addition and perfect for swimwear and a towel for a day at the beach. And there might even be room for a sandwich or two!!
What people might be saying or asking us…
Questions: How is the material quality of this backpack?
I hears the zips make sometimes problems cause they are likely to break easily.
How is your impression of the quality?Answer: The material is designed to be hard-wearing, so can with stand the general battering. We have not heard of any problems wiht the zips, of course they can be stiff which is very normal but not any breaking.
- Good Size
- Solid Build
- Detachable day sack
- Compression straps
- Comfortable and adjustable
- Higher price bracket
- Not full split layout
- Day sack straps not the best