I bought one of these rucksacks back in 1991. It’s been brilliant and served me well for over 20 years…however, it’s getting a little tired now so it’s time for a refresh.
Here I am using it whilst on a walk looking over Beinne Eighe in Torridon. It was a very hot and sweaty day!
Think I’ll treat myself to a new one…
They are available here…
Well, it turns out they are not available, at least not in my size, and haven’t been for some time. I did notice that even Berghaus don’t have availability!
UPDATE! – 14 Oct 2015
My wife finally succumbed to my moans for a new rucksack and bought me the new Crusader, it’s fabulous and I can’t wait to take it out for it’s field test. One thing I did notice was that the new version doesn’t have external compression straps like the old one, therefore making it slightly challenging to attach my tripod to the side of the bag, however, I’ve found an innovative solution. My tripod is the Manfrotto 190XPROB CF with the 410 Geared Head….
I’ve found that I can remove the centre column quite easily and store both the tripod legs and the centre column / head as two separate items in the hydration compartment of the sack. (I don’t use bladders, I’m a stickler for Sigg water bottles).
So…I’ll keep you all updated as to how I’m getting on with the new sack…I’m optimistic as the last one served me very well for many many years…