The Haglöfs Röse 65 Liter backpack in this review was used on two-day trekking in Norway (see video underneath), guided by Jeffry Oonk and hiking trips in the Belgian Ardennes and Austria. I carried a pack with 20 – 25 kilograms of weight, across various terrains ranging from flat, smooth trails to rocky and steep mountain passes.
According to Haglöfs, the Röse backpack is incredibly versatile and lightweight and yet loaded with features. Outfitted with a quick-adjust, size-specific Instant adjustable suspension system. Made of 200D White Line Ripstop polyamide; 400D Oxford polyamide (100% polyamide). Available in three different sizes, 40, 55 and 65 litres.
Comfort & Fit
Suitable for loads over 18 kilograms, the Rose 65 has a durable harness with thick shoulder straps and a full, solid hardened hip-belt. There are two back lengths – S/M & M/L – and the position of the shoulder straps can be adjusted by sliding them up and down the frame bars. The shoulder straps extend right down the back of the pack, providing excellent cushioning for the end while the gap between them allows some airflow to reduce sweat build-up. The backpack fits quite tightly, and stability is excellent.
You can be positive or negative about a one-compartment construction. Myself, I do like it on the Röse. The front panel does have a U-shaped zip that gives easy access to equipment. So if necessary, only the bottom can be opened without seeing your stuff slip out. The U-shape also benefits reducing the chance of rain getting through a – with a large flap protected – zip. The only feature lacking is a hipbelt pocket.
During our two-day trekking in Norway, I was delighted about the Röse backpack. For a two days trekking you don’t need much gear, but
in our case, we were shooting footage for the video we made of our trip with cameras and a drone. So for that, I did carry a ‘kettlebell’ shaped 5,4-kilogram battery pack, the GoalZero Yeti 150, with me on the bottom of the backpack.
The Instant Adjustable Suspension system ensures a comfortable fit and feel when carrying more than average weight and load. The front panel zip did provide me quick access to the drone when stopping by to take a quick flight of the incredible surroundings of Norway.
Overall, the Haglöfs Röse is a comfortable backpack that is provided with everything you need for a multi-day hike or more extensive trekking. Though the Rose is not the lightest than many other comparable packs, it performed well in all other metrics making it an excellent option for those looking for a backpack that is versatile, durable, and simple.