Berghaus W Freeflow 25+5

This daysack from Berghaus is hugely comfortable. The large, yet streamlined, main compartment sits securely on your back, and the excellent padded hip belt distributes the load more comfortably than most. The concave back system keeps you cool and the compression straps keep the load stable. The chest strap has a good range of adjustment –an important feature on women’s rucksacks. It has a huge main compartment with a wide opening, making it easy to pack and rummage around in. The large lid pocket and side expansion pockets are very useful, and the streamlined, uncluttered design and single buckle lid closure are great. The harness and back system are stable, comfortable and breathable. The fabric is also proved very durable.

Verdict: A top quality women’s rucksack with some excellent features, including a large lid pocket, double compression straps and a mesh back system. The harness is comfy and distributes the load well. A fair price, too.

Capacity: 25 litres (plus five litres)

Main compartment: Drawcord/lid

Back system: Freeflow IV (concave)

Other features: Waist belt, EVAbreathe matrix foam in straps, side expansion pockets, lid pocket with rain cover, pole holders

Colours: Five, including ash/black/castle rock, dusk/indigo

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