Berthoud Vermorel 2000HP

We don't know what the HP stands for but this is a 16-litre knapsack that has its own frame for comfort. It's just like wearing a backpack. What's more, it has a number of the features our testers look for when choosing a sprayer.

"It's surprisingly stable on the floor and has a nice big carrying handle," says the tester. "The frame makes it comfortable to use and the pistol-like trigger fits your hand nicely. The lance has a good extension so, whatever your height, you should match the right length of lance."
Both testers like the way the frame creates a narrow gap between the tank and the operator's back so there is good air movement and ventilation. This sprayer also has a belly strap.
The lance can be stored horizontally on clips between the frame and the tank. While this keeps the lance safe, it is difficult to reach once the sprayer is on your back. "You have to have the lance loose and dragging on the floor while you are struggling into the harness," points out one of the testers.
The filler lid for the tank is easy to remove. Inside is a shallow filter that, despite having a hole in the centre to let out the air, lifts up as the tank is filled.
The pumping handle mounts to the right or the left and reverts to the downstroke position when released. The handle is also adjustable. "What I like about the handle is that the designers haven't assumed everyone is the same height or has the same length arms," says the tester.
The 2000HP is designed for high pressures up to five bar and the pressure control valve is easily accessible, while still being an integral part of the knapsack. Markings indicate the pressure from one bar through to five bar and adjustment is simple. What's more, this sprayer is quick to pressurise.

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