The Freeflow range of rucksacks from Berghaus have been popular for many years, and in the latest versions they get an adjustable back length so you can be sure that the sack fits you. Of course others may fit you straight off the peg, so this itself isn’t necessarily a big advantage. However, the Freeflow back system does hold the pack away from the body to allow a 2cm air gap, which I find really comfortable. The curve of the pack that allows this air gap to exist doesn’t impinge on the ease of packing these days either (it was a problem with older Freeflow designs). The body of the Berghaus Freeflow 40 has two main compartments with a zip-out divider so you can create one big compartment with external and top access if preferred. The lid doesn’t ‘float’, which I like, as it means water can’t creep in under the lid and the lid doesn’t tend to drop forward when the sack is half empty. You get a good-sized lid pocket plus an additional one on the underside of the lid. There is a zipped front pocket on the body of the pack too, rather than the stretch pockets that are featured elsewhere. The side compression straps work well with the side mesh pockets, and there’s a hipbelt pocket that takes a Satmap GPS receiver for example. The Berghaus Freeflow 40 is a little heavy at 1430g, but this weight does included a 71g removable rain cover.
Capacity 40 litres
Internal compartments 2
External zipped pockets 2
Wand pockets? yes
Compression straps? yes
Men’s (unisex) back length adjustable
Women’s back length adjustable
The Berghaus Freeflow 40 is a superb price for a robust hillwalking sack with excellent airflow across the back plus good pockets, compression straps and lid design. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2014