120ltr full size IRR PLCE Bergen Review
The item was supplied directly from the UK supplier of all Webtex, Jack Pyke, Viper and other products. There customer service is fantastic and did everything they promised they would, usually they would respond within 1 hour of my emails and were very polite. They even phone me to discuss my requests more so they didn’t get anything wrong.
Item was packed into a larger box with the two other items I ordered. The final space was packed out with packaging to avoid movement and damage during transit.
Item was shipped via DHL express and arrived lunchtime the following day. The box was in good condition and no damage.
My 1st impression of the Bergen was it was not as big as I thought it was.
Then I opened it up and noticed how much this beast can expand. Then you find all the little nooks and crannies of this Bergen, behind the daypack pouches on the side there is straps and space to store items. All the zips are seriously robust and could take a good few knocks before they get broken.
The backpack straps are strong and well padded. The waist band also is padded and also there is reinforcement padding around the full back of the waist. The reinforced metal frame is situated mainly in the middle 2/3 of the rucksack so good range of movement is still achievable.
This rucksack was able to swallow the following items in the main compartment:
- Pair of camouflage trousers
- Pair of camouflage jackets
- 2 civilian hoodies
- 2 civilian jogging trousers
- 2 T-shirts
- 5 pairs socks
- 5 pairs underwear
- Civilian set of jeans
- Set of boots
There was still a good size of space to take a sleeping bag, bivi bag and more.
Then side pocket swallowed my wash kit and still had space for other items for example a medic kit and survival kit. Then the other would take ration packs. Removed from there box it would easily hold 3 days if not 7 depending on how it was packed.
I then managed to strap my SA80 to the side underneath one of the day sack pouches
The front pouch takes the day sack yokes easily with more space for maybe your poncho and rope/string.
Bivi poles can be strapped under the other day sack pouch.
There are loads and loads of loops all over the Bergen for attaching more kit to with rope.
With all the items I packed into this it weighed in at 16kg
With the Bergen fully loaded up, the weight was again like the webbing distributed to the hips more than the shoulders but you could feel the weight pulling onto the shoulders. Also the lack of a chest strap holding the 2 rucksack straps together meant they started to roll off the shoulders with movement. I could probable take 1 hour max with the full weight in the Bergen in my current fitness level which is poor. If I was at full health this Bergen would make carrying huge loads easy and comfy. There are also loops which will enable the webbing to be threaded to the Bergen (I would believe) but might be for alternative things.
Assembly of day packs:
The assembly of the day packs is easy; you can either have the two packs mounted to the yokes as a separate daypack system, one pack mounted to the yokes, two mounted to your PLCE webbing system or one mounted to the webbing.
For the webbing you only need the front straps off the yokes and clip them to the clips on the relevant pouches on the webbing. You can zip them together down the middle to stop them separating as they do with out them zipped together. You can even wear the day sack yokes over the webbing yokes if you don’t want to fiddle about mounting it to the webbing.
Excellent, Huge storage space, very strong construction and will easily take a weeks worth of Airsoft gear. Maybe not all your ammo can be put into the Bergen but that you can put into your webbing/assault system. With all the loops you can attach grass or ghillie material to help break up the out line.
With the Bergen made out of Infra Red Reduction material this helps reduce the infra red signature of the Bergen for night ops.
The only downside is the lack of a chest strap to stop the Bergen rolling off the shoulders resulting in the 8/10 for comfort. Cost scored 9/10 due to retail costs; it may be cheaper to buy a smaller version if you don’t need the full carry load this provides.
Originally posted 2011-01-29 16:16:13.