The Berghaus Freeflow Pro 40 will appeal to those who like ventilated back systems. Trampoline netting is cut away so you have less contact area, and the aluminium poles have a reduced curve, keeping the pack closer to your centre of gravity. At around 1550g it’s midweight, and well-featured with a comfortable cutaway hipbelt with two mesh pockets and three stretch pockets on the main pack. There’s a sleeping bag compartment at the bottom, external and internal lid pockets, and walking pole Velcro straps on the main pack. The perforated shoulder straps are exceptionally comfortable. Although heavier, this is a clear rival to packs like the Lightwave, and your choice will be dictated by your preference for ventilated back systems. But although the Berghaus Freeflow Pro 40 is very well-featured with excellent pockets and stowage options, some may find this pack a little heavier than it needs to be, and there are fewer options for stripping out weight than on other packs. We didn’t try ice axes in the Velcro hoops on the rear, but I would personally prefer standard ice axe loops for winter walking.
Capacity 40 litres
Fabric Ardura 210D Shadow RD; Ardura 420D; Esdura 600D
Features rain cover; rear Velcro loops for walking poles and ice axes; side mesh hip pockets for easy access; sleeping bag compartment; side stretch pockets for stashing water bottles
Made in Far East
The Berghaus Freeflow Pro 40 is a very good pack with great stability and comfort for those who value well-ventilated freeflow back systems and want lots of storage options.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2010