The Most Joyful Compile I’ve Ever Damaged-down: Fstoppers Critiques the 50L FERNWEH …


The novel 50 liter FERNWEH acquire from WANDRD ticks a complete lot of bins and is considered one of one of many blissful and versatile baggage I’ve ever historic. Whilst you happen to’re after a sturdy acquire to use you into the wilds, proper right here is successfully a contender.

WANDRD is a reasonably youthful agency with a step by step rising numerous of merchandise readily available (check out the array of straps that I reviewed ultimate month) and, like different inexperienced persons to the enviornment of digital camera baggage, it continues to present some involving and revolutionary kill selections. 

The 50 liter FERNWEH should not be any exception and whereas there are few elements that aren’t supreme, this has changed into my acquire of assorted for tall journeys out within the wooded house, being notably indispensable for lengthy treks and not too long ago the connect you would possibly properly merely aloof be in a dilemma to defend a mix of digital camera gear and outside gear, as successfully as meals. Baggage which shall be in a dilemma to separate my mountain climbing chalk and snacks from all of the items else are extreme for me and the FERNWEH makes that that you just simply would possibly properly maybe think about —  with out compromising on versatility.

FERNWEH from WANDRD - black and gobi tan

Having completed its Kickstarter abet in November, it’s now readily available to rep in two colours for $349. Proper here is a feature-rich acquire with just a few shimmering selections and involving idiosyncrasies.

The Exterior

Constructed very indispensable with ruggedness in thoughts, probably the most main exterior of the acquire is created from waterproof tarpaulin and ballistic nylon. It’s readily available in two colours: unlit and “gobi tan.” I acquired the unlit mannequin which is so unlit that it virtually sucks in light making me marvel if WANDRD has borrowed some suggestions from MIT and historic some carbon nanotubes to originate the blackest unlit acquire ever created. Goths will identical to the stage of absolute noir that runs all through the acquire inside and exterior, although it should originate discovering minute, typically unlit digital camera knickknacks one thing of a say. This acquire is so unlit that placing it down on a shadowy evening carries main risk that you just simply gained’t rep it once more. Briefly, it’s a in actuality, very unlit acquire.

A trim acquire that might not peep fairly as acceptable when it is not absolutely loaded.

Given how indispensable is going on on the acquire’s exterior with its wealth of straps, loops, and zippers, it’s ravishing how trim and minimal the general peep and in actuality really feel of the acquire is, mixing WANDRD’s city aesthetics with technical points which shall be designed for effectivity within the exterior. Very like its extra city counterpart, the HEXAD Entry 45 L Duffel, which I reviewed in 2018, proper here is a acquire that seems to be and feels higher when it is very packed out as, half chubby, it crumples in on itself, a minute bit undermining its sleekness.

Designed for lengthy days on the glide, the acquire is obtainable in two sizes to be decided {that a} acceptable match: minute/medium, and medium/tall. Moreover, the straps would maybe moreover be repositioned, offering you with much more assurance that this may be a contented elevate.

The abet panel is framed by aluminum rods on three sides to current the acquire some rigidity, permitting the acquire to maintain its form, unfold the burden, and sit in dilemma in opposition to your abet with out sagging. (WANDRD mentions that these rods are detachable nonetheless I’ve no opinion how or why which you’d maybe enact this.)

Comfort is the connect this acquire fully shines (no topic being so unlit): proper right here is among the blissful acquire I’ve ever veteran. The padding on the shoulder straps is insanely wonderful and the waist belt is so successfully padded that I in actuality really feel like I’m being tenderly hugged. The load distributes itself very evenly all around the hips and shoulders and the acquire cinches snugly in opposition to the physique with out a slippage within the straps nonetheless indispensable you soar spherical.

The waist belt is detachable nonetheless it’s threaded through a acceptable pass-via that has a complete lot of velcro. I fast tried struggling with with this nonetheless fast gave up.

As you’d construct a query to from a acquire designed for trekking, the shoulder straps agree with load lifters (i.e., changes on the high above the shoulder) and the adjustable sternum strap (complete with revolutionary rapidly-liberate machine) makes the acquire in actuality really feel as indispensable half of your like physique as that you just simply would possibly properly maybe think about. 

All the straps function numerous loops for attaching dazzling data and the waist strap has a in actuality tall pocket that with out say would maybe properly accommodate most telephones 5 circumstances over.

Cherish the inside of the shoulder and waist straps, the abet panel has airflow mesh to allow it to breathe. Being iciness proper right here in France, I’m however to create up a sweat in a t-shirt whereas out with this acquire so I am able to’t uncover its efficacy.

There are 4 maintain handles for straightforward maneuvering and loops, compression straps, and bonus straps aplenty.

The Inside

Probably the most main physique of the acquire would maybe moreover be historic as a single cavity, nonetheless your standard setup for carrying digital camera gear will be to divide it into two. WANDRD present a numerous of cubes which, in ascending measurement are referred to as Mini, Main and Pro. I’ve been the affirm of the Important which splits the acquire’s most main compartment evenly, sitting on the backside of the FERNWEH and providing ample dwelling for a tall physique and two or three elephantine lenses. As I mark it, the Mini is smaller whereas the Professional is elevated and would maybe merely like nearer to some quarters of the acquire’s most main cavity.

The Important dice built-in for me by WANDRD is vastly improved over the dice I acquired when reviewing the HEXAD in 2018. All through there is likely to be extra padding and it feels safer as a unit, offering you with higher confidence that your gear is apt. When becoming the dice into the FERNWEH, the lid folds away, its padding turning into an additional layer of security by sitting in opposition to the underside of the acquire and permitting rep entry to through the FERNWEH’s abet panel. The aspect flap of the dice then slots inside the facet-rep entry to panel of the FERNWEH, conserving it in connect and pondering quickly rep entry to. There’s a minute bit little bit of room alongside the dice as quickly as a result of it’s in connect would maybe merely aloof you want to max out your load.

Alongside my digital camera gear, I’m most commonly carrying mountain climbing gear and a day’s worth of meals. The FERNWEH has an additional plot of dividing the inside cavity in half as a result of its detachable bucket machine, which prevents your non-cube objects from sliding your complete system down and getting misplaced deep inside the acquire’s inside. It moreover ensures one different layer of division between your meals and your digital camera gear which for me is extremely indispensable provided that I most commonly elevate a minute pouch of chalk for mountain climbing.

Left: Three plot of accessing probably the most main compartment. Appropriate: How the detachable bucket divides probably the most main compartment.

Which potential, the FERNWEH’s most main compartment has 4 configurations: 

  • no dice: for in the event you happen to’re not carrying any digital camera gear and need to make affirm of the inside as one tall 50-liter cavity; 
  • dice and no bucket: I’m not sure after I’d need to make affirm of this
  • dice plus bucket. Proper here is my default and retains my stuff organized. It moreover locations two layers of division between digital camera gear and meals/chalk
  • right bucket: a indispensable system of dividing up your gear for days of mountain mountain climbing with out digital camera gear


Digicam rucksacks typically require you decide between aspect rep entry to or abet-panel rep entry to; the FERNWEH affords each.

For these moments in the event you happen to imagine to agree with quickly rep entry to to your digital camera, the aspect panel affords comfort, although you gained’t be in a dilemma to succeed in through to the leisure. To rep chubby rep entry to to your digital camera gear, the abet panel points a tall clamshell that unzips on three sides and hinges from the underside of the acquire. The zips are a minute bit tough to rep entry to as they’re tucked within the abet of the padding of the abet panel and there are the carefully padded shoulder straps that moreover would maybe merely aloof be navigated. (Entrance panel clamshells steer sure of this say nonetheless then there’s the say that to rep at your digital camera gear, you’re typically placing your acquire down within the mud after which transferring that moisture to your abet in the event you happen to choose out up your stuff and flow into on.)

As an numerous of the traditional drawstring-plus-lid or roll-top enclosure machine, the FERNWEH has high rep entry to through lid that has a zipper that traces three sides of the acquire and hinges on the fourth. The zip sits below a fold of tarpaulin topic fabric that creates an overhang to forestall water from getting inside. Within the muse, I discovered this zip disturbing as a result of the flappy overhang changed into within the system and besides the acquire is packed out, the topic fabric sits a minute bit unfastened making the zip tough to bolt. Nonetheless, as quickly as you fold that high flap fully out of the system, the zip is a protracted far more uncomplicated to manage. I’m persistently a minute bit bit suspicious of the life expectancy of any zip that turns corners nonetheless this one is generously elephantine and relaxed.

There is likely to be a 3rd, vaguely triangular-formed clamshell opening on the entrance of the acquire that’s easiest in actuality useful in the event you happen to’re the affirm of the FERNWEH with out the bucket which in any other case cuts you off from the highest half of the acquire’s inside. The bucket includes an additional zip in advise that this type of rep entry to is probably nonetheless going through the highest can be sooner and more straightforward. This clamshell is of most affirm in the event you happen to’re the affirm of the FERNWEH as a single-cavity rucksack as a result of it permits you acceptable rep entry to to your gear with out having to combat your system down through your complete stuff from the highest.


This entrance clamshell is moreover dwelling to a tall rapidly-hold pocket opened through a single, vertical zip. Although tall, this pocket is quite spacious and I’ve been the affirm of it for my minute tripod (extra on this later). Inside, there is likely to be a smaller, elasticated pocket and clip for a water bladder (the acquire arrives with a present on the proper method to string your tube). 

There’s one different single-zip maintain pocket on the provoke air of the of the acquire that may with out say uncover a diagram and guidebook and incorporates a clip in your keys. You’ll rep one different the same-sized pocket on the inside of this lid, this time in mesh.

The inside of the rapidly-rep entry to flap has a zipper pocket complete with mesh dividers for smaller objects.

On the aspect of the acquire reverse to the rapidly-rep entry to flap, you’ll rep a tall, zipped pocket in your water bottle. It with out say accommodates a 32 ozbottle with room to spare and has a drainage gap within the match of any leaks. My tripod — the fairly compact Corey by 3 Legged Thing — doesn’t fairly match, although that’s not too indispensable of a say. As an numerous, the zip stays provoke and the tripod is secured the affirm of 1 of the compression straps.

The inside of the abet panel has a padded sleeve with a Velcro flap for storing a laptop computer (as much as 15 “). There’s moreover a secret pocket tucked into the abet panel for stowing away your passport.

On the underside of the acquire is an additional flap that may moreover be crooked in connect to stow a tall jacket or sleeping acquire. You would possibly properly maybe connect a tall tripod proper right here nonetheless that shall be loading a complete lot of weight fairly low on the acquire and provided that the digital camera gear already sits on the backside of this acquire, this doesn’t strike me practically pretty much as good.

FERNWEH extra attachmentWANDRD affords a pack of accent straps ($15) within the match that you just simply want much more plot of attaching stuff (and there are various loops readily available), almost certainly to will assist you to centrally load a tripod as adversarial to having it hanging off one aspect of the acquire and taking on the water bottle pocket. (Your different risk can be to hold it off the other aspect the affirm of the compression straps nonetheless this may block the rapidly-rep entry to aspect panel.)


The FERNWEH is an very excellent rucksack and is now my acquire of assorted for tall days within the wooded house. Entry through the abet panel is sort of fiddly nonetheless not a deal-breaker and the bucket machine is ingenious. The tarpaulin topic fabric picks up marks very with out say (which wipe off right as fast) nonetheless as any particular person who lives in outside garments lined in mud and chubby of holes, this isn’t a say.

Comfort and suppleness are what originate this acquire distinctive. I’ve not discovered how most involving which you’d maybe elevate a tall tripod nonetheless as I abhor tripods and infrequently affirm one, this isn’t a tall topic for me.

What I Favored

  • Rugged and water-resistant
  • Bucket machine is ingenious
  • Digicam dice machine is vastly improved
  • A complete bunch versatility
  • Supremely blissful

What I Didn’t Cherish

  • Unzipping the abet panel is sort of fiddly
  • The plethora of plastic buckles and adjusters, although catch, give it a quite unrefined in actuality really feel
  • These hauling tall tripods would maybe properly need to check the best plot of attachment
  • Daft title


The ruggedness, consolation, and suppleness of this acquire originate it a blinding numerous for tall days out on the paths. The bucket machine is a tall system to maintain your gear organized and affords a couple of configurations that originate it good for non-camera days, too.

The FERNWEH from WANDRD is readily available from B&H Painting in a sequence of colours and sizes for $349.

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