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Fjällräven Abisko 75 Review

By Phil on 2014.07.28 In Product Review

Following my Fjällräven Friluft 45 Review back in May, I thought I would do a review of the Fjällräven Abisko 75, now that I have used it for a number of long distance hikes as part of my training for the upcoming 110km multi-day Fjällräven Classic.

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On my past two long distance hikes doing the Cathar Way in the French Pyrenees and the Tour du Mont Blanc, I had used the Berghaus Jalan Luxe 70+20 and the Berghaus Bioflex Light 65 respectively. Both of which served their purpose well at the time, with the Jalan Luxe also doubling up as a holdall by being able to zip the rucksack straps away and use a single shoulder strap, but this meant the rucksack was heavier than most for its size. The Bioflex Light 65 was a smart and lightweight rucksack, but it tended to lean to one side no matter how you packed it, which I think was due to the minimal support structure which allowed it to be so light for a 65 litre rucksack and which often lead to aching on one shoulder and having to constantly re-adjust it.

Now back to the Abisko 75. In April I was lucky enough to be one of 20 Fjällräven Polar 2014 participants, where we were given the Fjällräven Abisko 75 litre rucksack to carry all our clothing and personal equipment during our Polar adventure. As the Fjällräven Polar was a dog sled adventure, we didn’t really need to carry the rucksack for long periods as this was transported on our dog sleds. After a number of recent practice hikes and camping trips, I can now share my experiences.

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I will explain the features I like and how I use them in detail below:

  • Like most rucksacks nowadays, the rucksack lid has both internal and external zipped pockets. These are both very big in size, with the mesh pocked under the lid being the biggest. Both lid pockets can be used for the usual things you would want quick access to without having to open the main part of your rucksack. For items such as gloves, hat, sunglasses/goggles, snack food etc. On top of the lid there is also an elasticated cord which can be used to stuff a light waterproof or fleece should you need quick access to it.
  • The front of the backpack has a large zipped pocket which can be used for things like a sit mat, maps, waterproofs, food and even micro walking poles which I use it for. Micro walking poles fold to the perfect size for this large zipped pocket.
  • The side pockets are also a very good size and I use these for storing things like my camera tripod and water bottles.
  • The rucksack has a pre-shaped reinforced bottom for stability when placing rucksack on the ground to allow it to stand up straight.
  • Inside the backpack a back wall zipper safety pocket and a multi-function pocket which I use for the hydration pouch. The hole for the reservoir tube is neatly hidden at the top of the backpack and is elasticated, which makes it easy enough to feed the mouth piece of the reservoir tube through.
  • The back of the backpack has a handle at the top which is really useful when moving backpack in transit.
  • The shoulder straps have one stretch strap near the top which can be used to hook carabiner clips onto for carrying things such as GPS or a compass. And one metal ring on one strap which can also be used to hook things on to.
  • There is one hip pocket on the right hand side on the waist belt.
  • The rucksack can be top loaded or laid on its back and unzip the whole front of the rucksack to give a much easier access to the inside of rucksack for packing. Something I found most useful.
  • The rucksack lid can be extended quite a bit to allow enough room to store things like a sleeping mat or even a tent and then use the compression straps to tighten.
  • My favourite feature of the Abisko rucksack is the compression straps. These are removable and attach to slots in a webbing strap so they can be moved to different positions and fastened across the front of the pack to go round bulky items of gear or used as normal to compress the rucksack if not fully loaded. Being able to adjust the height position you can adjust to suit what you might be carrying in the side pockets. For example I like to secure my tripod which I carry in one of the side pockets during my hikes.
  • The adjustable chest strap also includes an emergency whistle.
  • A large adjustable rain cover is also included.

Verdict:
Overall I think the Fjällräven Abisko 75 is an excellent rucksack for long distance hikes or a camping trip. It has everything I need and more, with some features that I haven’t seen on other rucksacks. During my recent practice hikes carrying 18.2kg, I found it to be very comfortable on my back and around the hips, with no discomfort at all. I’m so impressed with it, that I’m even considering buying the Abisko 55 for when I don’t need to carry as much as required for long distance hiking, for example, where you don’t need to carry tent or cooking equipment if staying in accommodation during a hike. I have now sold my two Berghaus rucksacks on eBay and would recommend the Fjällräven Abisko 75 to anyone and really looking forward to using it during the Fjällräven Classic in 10 days time.

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

I plan to use this blog to write about all my adventures, which will include my personal goal of becoming a Munroist (completing all 282 Scottish Munro mountains), summer treks, weekends in the Lakes and many more.

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