For the last few months, I’ve been flash-packing across America. During that time, I’ve been using the Berghaus Trailhead 65 as my main rucksack. And – having gotten a lot of use out of it – I thought it was time I did a review. But first as always, we’re going to look at the specs for this thing.
Overview / Specs
Berghaus are a brand that are well known for quality – lots of their products have a limited lifetime guarantee. But with that quality comes – usually – a higher price. Not so with the Trailhead 65, which seems to be pitched at folks doing their Duke of Edinburgh. It’s a tough-looking but very no frills pack, with a price to match.
Size and Weight
The dimensions for the bag are 77cm (height) x 44cm (width) x 30cm (depth). For weight, it comes in at a fairly hefty 1.7kg – definitely not ultralight territory! What’s more, there aren’t many extraneous bells and whistles that you could strip off the bag to improve the weight. If you’re interested in this pack, then think of that weight as a floor, not a ceiling.
The Trailhead has a large main pouch which is divisible into two sections, allowing you to keep dirty gear separate from clean. This setup isn’t fixed however. It can be changed to a single compartment by adjusting a piece of fabric inside the bag.
There are 5 pockets on the outside of the pack: a large zipped side pocket and elasticated pouch on each side, and a zipped top pocket. This, combined with several attachment points on the front of the bag, means plenty of room for all your gear.
The Trailhead also comes with an adjustable back system, which allows you to tailor the fit of the pack to your needs. Waist and shoulder straps also help to stabilise the bag. Finally, like most Berghaus packs, the Trailhead is hydration system compatible and comes with an integrated rain cover.
Berghaus Trailhead 65 Review
So, having had the chance to lug this bag around for the last 2 months, what’s the verdict? Well, if you can look past its unfortunately high weight, then the Trailhead is a very capable bag.
In 2 months of near constant use, the only thing that’s come close to breaking on this thing is that a plastic toggle fell off one of the zips. But guess what? After reattaching it, it’s stayed there ever since. Apart from that, not a single thing has broken or even shown signs of wear. All that despite being kicked around daily for 2 months.
It’s definitely handy to be able to separate clothes / shoes out in the main pouch of the bag. It’s fair to say though that splitting and unsplitting the bag into compartments is just enough of a hassle that you wouldn’t want to do it every day.
I also love the amount of space and pockets that come with this pack. Despite having picked up a lot of souvenirs on my trip, the trusty Trailhead always seems to have more room that I can squeeze stuff into. And I haven’t even used any of the attachment points yet! The adjustable back system really comes into its own here too – no matter how many times you add weight or switch up how the bag is packed, you can always adjust it for a better fit. Adjusting is easy, and doesn’t take long.
I haven’t had a chance to test the bag in the rain yet (lucky me!) but I’ve used the integrated rain cover design on other Berghaus bags and know that it works very well. You simply pull the cover out of a semi-invisible pouch on the bottom of the bag, and stretch it over the top, for instant waterproofing
So, to sum up: If you can bear the weight penalty, the Berghaus Trailhead 65 is a solid option for your next trail backpack. Featuring tonnes of space, an adjustable fit, hydration compatibility and integrated waterproofing, you’re covered for all the basics. Because it’s Berghaus, you can also be assured of good quality materials and workmanship. Best of all, all of this comes in at a very, very modest price.
That’s it for this week folks! Hope you enjoyed our take on the Berghaus Trailhead 65. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips, tricks and gear reviews from the trail! Until next time.
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