The award-winning Bergans of Norway Glittertind 55L (3350 cubic inches) internal frame backpack employs a truly unique suspension system that provides stability, shock absorption, and responsiveness that enhances freedom of movement.
The award winning Bergans Norway Glittertind 55 Liter Backpack employs an innovative suspension system that delivers stability, shock absorption and movement enhancing responsiveness. I am going to take the pack off and we are going to take a closer look at what makes it such a unique offering.
I have taken the Glittertind off. I want to spin it around so we can take a closer look at the suspension system. You will see at the top of the back panel in large print the word spine. You have got in play here two vertical support stays, but more interestingly, what makes this so unique is a double helix design, basically a small framing that twists within the pack, doubles back on itself and runs behind the harness, down through the back panel and into the hip belt itself. The flexibility that that gives this pack, the ability to bend in any direction that you move, so whether it is leaning forward, to the side or some combination of the two, the suspension system does the same. It mirrors your movement while the pack bag, the contents of the pack remain quite stable and nothing shifts in the pack. It just lets you go about your business. I have not seen this design on another pack. And the way it carries is really tremendous. It is a super, super responsible design.
So that is the spine suspension system and that is what is out of view on the pack. But in view you can see it has got really substantial padding, high here on the harness, across the back. The contoured shoulder straps certainly also nicely padded. That continues down through the spine and also on the fully adjustable hip belt. Again, adjustment points there, adjustment points lower here on the shoulder straps and then load lifter straps in addition to the adjustability sliding sternum strap. So a number of different points to really dial in that fit so you can best take advantage of that cushioning, that padding and that double helix design.
Because of that suspension system, the pack is capable of carrying up to 44 pounds. As far as the capacity itself is concerned, you are looking at 3350 cubic inches of internal storage space.
As standout as that suspension system is, there is plenty of other features on the Glittertind as well. I am going to turn that pack back around and we will see how it is organized, its access features, et cetera. It certainly is a top loading pack, so undo the straps there and show you how you get into the pack itself. There is a rather large spin drift collar at the top of the pack. So in addition to that standard capacity you have got a lot more space up here to expand it for extra layers or other gear in those instances where you need it. And that entire portion of the pack bag cinches down nicely when you don’t need it and further protects the inner contents of the pack.
That is a zippered lid, so in addition to covering up or protecting the pack bag you also have a storage component there as well. This can be detached entirely when not needed, when you are looking to save weight.
There is another way into the pack which I certainly consider another nice feature on the pack. So instead of having to necessarily go in the top of the pack you also have a way to get into the pack from the front, quickly put hands on items when you have gotten to camp, where you are going. You can also lay this pack down and really access everything without having to necessarily just go through the top of the pack bag.
In addition to this main compartment, there is also a lower zippered sleeping bag compartment. Nice place, again, to separate gear, keep things organized. Here is my sleeping bag. Everything else is above. But it is worth noting that there is also a panel between those two that can be opened or removed so that you can convert the pack to a single large compartment if you would prefer to use it in that manner.
Other pockets to talk about here on the Glittertind, on the face of the pack you have got a sizable stretch pocket in play, a nice place to keep a jacket, something that you might want to quickly put hands on. There is side stretch pockets. I have got a water bottle over here. You can certainly put other gear in there as well.
There are side compression straps on this pack. You could run gear underneath it or lash gear to it, but it also helps to stabilize the load, keep contents secure, because you can cinch down on that. So, again, it kind of works in tandem with the suspension system to keep everything stabilized.
Also some trekking pole attaching points, other places where you can lash gear externally to the pack. Another nice touch on Bergans’ part, and something that adds a lot of value to the pack is the rain cover that is included with each pack. It has got its own zippered pocket on the underside of the lid so it doesn’t really eat into any of your storage capacity, but it gives you really nice protection should weather turn nasty and helps ensure that the contents of the pack stay dry.
With that award winning suspension system, over 3300 cubic inches of storage capacity and a nice set of organizational features, the Bergans of Norway Glittertind 55 Liter Backpack offers a wide range of back country versatility.