LONGMONT, Colo. – July 31, 2012 – Bergans of Norway’s Glittertind backpack made an impressive debut at the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen, Germany  this month. The Glittertind won the show’s prestigious OutDoor Industry Award, for its innovative SPINE carrying system, which will hit stores in spring 2013.  

The Glittertind is the latest in a long history of innovative backpacks from Bergans of Norway, which started with Ole F. Bergans invention of the external frame pack in 1908.  

The patent-pending SPINE carrying system features a double helix-shaped spring steel frame attached to the center of the pack’s back panel allowing the shoulders and hips to move freely while the frame still offers full load support.

The OutDoor Industry Awards are given to the most innovative new products at the trade show, as judged by the German design organization IF, supported by a panel of international outdoor industry experts.  

The SPINE carrying system also incorporates more freedom of movement than pivoting hip belts, which are common in the industry. SPINE’s double helix allows the torso and body to bend, stretch and twist freely in an unrestricted manner, while still providing shock absorption and stability.  
The Glittertind backpack is available in 2 volumes (55 and 70 liters) and in 3 torso lengths (S, M, L) to fit a wide range of users. It features lightweight, durable materials, as well as many key details including:

· Top entry with detachable lid, spindrift collar and compression strap
· Front panel entry and lower entry compartment
· Open side pocket, front pocket and bottle pocket
Compression straps and plenty of attachment points for all your gear
Dividable main compartment
MSRP: 70 L ($259.00), 55 L ($239.00)

For more information about Bergans of Norway and its products, go to www.bergans.com. For North American sales questions, contact Keith Patterson at keith.patterson@bergans.com.


About Bergans of Norway

Bergans was established in 1908, when Ole Ferdinand Bergan invented the first anatomical backpack. Today backpacks, functional outdoor clothing and tents are part of the portfolio of Bergans of Norway, as well as the ALLY brand of packable canoes. Adventurers such as South Pole conqueror Roald Amundsen, Mount Everest pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary, and Heroes of our time such as Polar explorers Rune Gjeldnes or Cecilie Skog trust Bergans equipment on their expeditions.


The headquarter of Bergans Fritid AS is situated in Hokksund, Norway, 60 km southwest of Oslo, where 90-plus employees work in development, research, design and sales. Bergans is a market leader in Norway and steadily growing in several export markets in Europe and North America (www.bergans.com).


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