Berghaus Freeflow 40

Trail (UK) - - RUCKSACKS -

£105 Ca­pac­ity 40 litres Back sizes one size (men’s) Weight 1465g

For warm weather hik­ing, this pack pro­vides ex­tremely high lev­els of airflow thanks to the Freeflow curved de­sign of the back panel, over which is stretched pad­ding to form a tram­po­line that holds the pack off your back. The main com­part­ment ca­pac­ity is 40 litres and you get top en­try via a fixed lid as well as a base com­part­ment en­try. The lid has a good pair of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal pock­ets and there’s a use­ful front stretch stash pocket. There are com­pres­sion straps and wand pock­ets as well as small hip­belt pock­ets. The weight of just 1465g in­cludes a 77g rain­cover and the price tag of £105 makes this pack ap­peal­ing.

The back sys­tem on this pack comes in just one size with no length ad­just­ment and no women’s op­tion. I found the load was not spread quite as com­fort­ably over the top of my back as other ruck­sacks, due to a rel­a­tively small con­tact area that lo­calised the pres­sure of the load – so this is a pack to try on be­fore buy­ing. The ca­pac­ity is less than oth­ers, but also the curved back makes pack­ing a lit­tle more has­sle than de­signs with straighter back pan­els. If there are any lit­tle nig­gles to be had, then the side com­pres­sion straps don’t have quick-re­lease buck­les and there are no ad­di­tional front or side zipped pock­ets – other than those, it’s good for the money.

The in­creased airflow, the weight and the price are great, but you get less ca­pac­ity and the com­fort and the fit range is less than oth­ers.

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