The re-designed Freeflow rucksack has a longish back that fits perfectly. The padding is also spot-on for a pack of this size – comfy without being over-elaborate. We loved the ultra-breathable EVA breathe-mesh shoulder straps – they really do feel cool and dry – and there’s plenty of up and down adjustment in the chest strap. Difficult to fault, even when full to the gunnels. The Freeflow back system is stable yet cool, and this pack is superbly featured, with good-sized lid pockets, neat but useful bellowed side pockets and an effective rain cover that earns its keep in the hills. The main compartment is split, which isn’t necessary on a pack this size, but the bottom access zip can be useful at times. A near-perfect pack.
Capacity: 30 litres (plus six)
Main compartment: Lid/drawcord
Back system: Freeflow (concave)
Other features: Waist belt, side expansion pockets, zipped lid pocket, hydration reservoir pocket, two pole holders
Colours: Six including big splash/ash/castle rock (blue), pillar box red/ash/castle rock
Contact: 0191 516 5700; www.berghaus.com
Verdict: A perfect size for weekend walks or carrying winter kit, feeling stable whether full or empty. It looks great too, and offers unbeatable value for money.