Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 (2012)

The Freeflow has been a Berghaus classic for many years, but for 2012 it has a new adjustable back system. This features a sprung mesh layer that holds the pack away from the wearer but unlike the older version, which had an excessively curved back panel, this new system does not impact on the shape of the main compartment, so you can easily get gear in and out. The back length is adjusted by moving a metal hook between a choice of five webbing loops. The back system is well padded and for me very comfy. The body of the Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 is neat and relatively narrow, and it has two bellows side pockets that extend the full length of the sides, making these ideal for 1.5 litre water bottles as well as other items. The side compression straps and mesh wand pockets are great for stashing trekking poles to the pack, although I’d like the compression strap to be about 8cm higher on the sides for neater compression of the sack and control of those poles. The front mesh stash pocket is great for waterproofs, but some stretch fabric would make it even better. The lid pocket works very well.

Weight 1650g
Capacity 30+6 litres
Compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pocket yes
Hydration pocket yes
Floating lid no
Back lengths adjustable
Women’s version yes
Website www.berghaus.com

 

Verdict

The Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 is a superb all-round valley, moor, hill and mountain walking sack that is very comfortable to wear, yet is practical, neat and tidy to use. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2012