I bought the Fjallraven Greenland top large pack in december 2018 and I have been using the bag pretty much every day since. I take it to work with my 14 inch laptop in it with lunch, other IT stuff and some water. Most of the time I cycle to work and it is fine carrying it on my back. It is not perfect, because the back of the pack hasn’t got good airflow, but it is one of a few negative points.
You will need the Fjallraven wax to make the pack reasonable waterproof. In my experience it’s very hard to make this pack fully waterproof with the wax. Since december I’ve waxed the pack now 2 times. On both sides there is place for a bottle. The fabric of these pockets are also made of the G-1000 fabric, which is a bit of a disadvantage because the fabric won’t stretch. It isn’t a problem when the pack isn’t that full, but it is a problem when you’ve packed it full with stuff. Then there isn’t enough space for a bottle because the pocket wont stretch.
Hiking with this pack is doable, but I would advice not doing it on a warm day. I did a 30 km hike with 475 high metres with this pack. See this link for the specific hike on Strava. I was wearing a shirt and logically I was sweating a bit. The straps will soak up the sweat and the back will do this also. It will make the pack more uncomfortable and a little bit more heavy.
Since I got the pack, I’ve been using it almost every day, but you can’t see any wear on the pack from my use.
Just to summarize:
I love this pack in daily use. It will be my daily carry for a long time. It’s perfect for doing my groceries, going away for a weekend and for work. It’s understated for a 30 litre pack in my opinion. This also depends on the color. It’s just not good for serious hiking.
- Space for a laptop with padding on the bottom
- Big enough to do your groceries (for 1 person)
- Very comfortable in daily use
- Understated looks for quite a big daily pack
- Not suitable for a summers day hike, too warm on your back because there isn’t enough airflow
- Side pockets are not flexible for water bottles
- The way to open and close the main compartment, the straps, it is a a bit of a hassle if you want to do it quickly.
PS, if you live in The Netherlands and you are planning to buy this pack, please use this link 🙂 It won’t cost you any more money but you will be helping me out.