Berghaus Freeflow 30+6
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Fitted with the Freeflow back system, which allows air to circulate between the rucksack and the body, making it cooler and more comfortable. The shoulder harness and hipbelt provide additional comfort and stability. New to the Freeflow II range is the Rip Stop fabric and the Packaway waterproof rain cover.
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Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 Reviews
Reviewed by Diana Phipps (UK) on 2005-09-30:
General comments: It is a little early to comment on the performance of the Berghaus Freeflow 30 + 6, as I still have to put it to the real test of a long period away: however, in buying it impressed by the feel, lightness and airflow achieved by the design. Not fully convinced about the security of the side and front pockets - the positioning of the zip means that, while they are easy to get at, things could fall out: like the fact that the opening of the top pocket is against the neck so should be very secure. Certainly every detail has been thought about - as with well designed, when you go to use a featured, someone has got there before you! Will report back after my next four weeks away.
Reviewed by David Oxley (UK) on 2005-09-30:
General comments: Being a steam train enthusiast i travel all over the countryside looking for trains that i havent seen before so i need a good quality comfy sack on my back, the Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 fits the bill perfectly, plenty of room for my flask, sandwiches and my rug, superb.
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Rufus Stone responded : I know what you mean. I am a keen plane spotter and throughout my spotting adventures, I find this pack great for my cardy, raincoat and flask. My Berkhouse pack will carry several days supply of Black pudding, which I cook on my gas cooker, which also will fit inside the volumous main pocket. I often keep my notebook between the mesh and pack, without any reduction in the breathing qualities. Handy for that unexpected landing. (2006-08-02)
Dr Mac responded : I had a serious black pudding incident with my sack after my flask came undone accidently and saturated the grease proof paper I had wrapped my pudding in. However the sack cleaned up a treat and is none the worse for wear. (2007-07-22)
Reviewed by John Garlick (UK) on 2005-09-30:
General comments: I used Berghaus Freeflow 30 + 6 to walk up snowdon Sept 2003. Very comfortable.
Pros: Spacious capacity. Excellent ventilation on the back. Good comfortable support around the waist and shoulders. Plenty of pockets.
Cons: Would have been nice to have had an access point at the bottom of the pack.
Reviewed by Somebody (Somewhere) on 2005-11-21:
General comments: The freeflow back system is among the best around and it certainly keeps my back dry. The chest strap has a useful range of adjustment, and the padded waist belt is comfortable, even with a full load. Stable full or empty, the Freeflow is a great rucksack to take into the hills. It has a good raincover, shock cord on the front for extra items, two pole holders and compression straps. Like most airflow packs you can feel the weight being held away from your back, but this isn't a huge problem, bearing in mind its overall stability.
Pros: An excellent, well-featured rucksack that performs superbly for the money.
Cons: One gripe is that the shoulder straps are a little wide and dig in slightly when your only wearing a base layer.
Reviewed by David Gilchrist (Aberdeen) on 2006-02-10:
General comments: I bought the first version of the Berghaus Freeflow 30 after a recommendation from a friend over 4 years ago. I have since used the rucksack for almost every walk and my opinion of the rucksack gets better each time. The Freeflow system greatly helps to reduce the warmth on my back. However, the main support at the bottom of the bag is very thick and soft which makes it very comfortable but quite warm at that point.
The bag is very comfortable to wear and the pockets are all practical shapes. However, the fixed shape of the main compartment of the bag limits the ways that items can be stored inside. For example, waterproof jackets etc will not fit well if they are packed in a stuff sack. Its better to let the items form to the shape of the back support.
The method of attaching walking poles is poor as the poles can easily jump out of the lower eyelet. However, I always walk with the pole as I cant see the point in carrying it! Also, the space between the mesh and the rucksack spine can be useful for storing items. For example, I often pass a spare jacket through it, or it can be useful for holding a map. The bag is a bit big for one person on a day walk. Hence, I often share the bag with my father. I have also bought the smaller 20 litre version for walking by myself as well as for at university.
My only major complaint about the rucksack is the extra weight of the Freeflow system. However, I feel that the benefits of a less sweaty back easily outweigh the extra weight.
Pros: Amazingly comfortable with good pocket options
Cons: Heavier than a normal rucksack and a slightly awkward shape
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Innes responded : It is an awkward shape - so much so that you can never get the rucksack to stand up properly when you sit it on the ground. It always rolls forward - so annoying when you're trying to pack/unpack something! The sacrifices you have to make for a sweat-free back... (2006-03-27)
Steven Orr responded : I would agree that the curved inner surface of the bag is a pain, making the usable capacity of the bag somewhat less than the advertised 30l. This isn't a problem if you're only carrying waterproofs, sarnies etc, but if you're lugging anything bulky (a Trangia for instance) you've got to get a bit creative with the packing.
Also, the hydration system pocket won't take a 3l Camelback because of that plastic back plate (why does it need one, as it's not in contact with your back because of the 'trampoline' system?)
Finally, if you're doing a lot of scrambling it's worth considering that, because of the Freeflow system, your load is held away from the back, thus messing about with your centre of gravity.
That said, it's a good value pack and a stable, comfy carry and if you're a sweaty monster, this is definately the way to go. (2006-07-19)
Reviewed by Paul (Manchester) on 2006-03-13:
General comments: These Berghaus Freeflow rucksacks are brilliant day sacs, for people who like to be continually on the move, they are extremely well designed to meet the needs of an hiking enthusiasts. This particular model (30 litres plus 6) has a top pocket, and two expandable side pockets. The top pocket allows easy access to the essentials, and the key clip is very useful inside this pocket. The sack is hydration compatible; I use a camel back and have had no problems. The free flow system is excellent, allowing airflow between the rucksack and back, this reducing sweat. This has been especially useful in summer. The material of the rucksack after moderate use becomes water absorbent, rather than repellent. A waterproof spray soon solved the problem. The shoulder straps are well padded, although I donít like the chest strap, it seems to pull the straps in to tightly, even if on the loosest setting. The entire rucksack is effectively designed and meets the needs of all, depending on the model, as some have stick straps, and others have rope straps. The Freeflow 30 + 6 is reasonably priced for the product you receive as well as having the usual Berghaus guarantee.
Pros: As above. The bag is really well suited to a on the move hiking who likes alot of kit on a day walk.
Cons: Make sure it fits you before buying. The free-flow sysytem is not very adjustable.
Reviewed by Gavin Nichol (Edinburgh) on 2006-03-27:
General comments: The Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 is a very nice, comfortable day pack. I use if for both summer and winter walking and its fine for both (obviously carry more in winter, but you can adjust the straps at the side to expand or reduce the volume of the rucksac, as well as giving access to the pockets). It has enough loops, straps etc. for walking poles & ice axe & a couple of other necessities you might feel the urge to take along.
It has a couple of nice little features like a wee hole to feed your platypus hose out of and a small pocket on top which houses a lightweight but effective silver (in my case anyway) rain cover.
When its actually on my back, its a very snug, comfortable fit and, depending how much I've got in it, I sometimes barely feel I'm wearing it.
I would say that, although I'm sure its been tried and tested, I'm not convinced by the mesh system at the back. - On a hot summers day I sweat just as much as with any other rucksac I've worn. Also, the pocket on top is rather small, but to be honest that's more just directly related to the size and shape of the rucksac, not really a bad point as such. All in all, this has been a great wee rucksac, wish I'd bought it sooner.
Pros: Very comfortable, expandable, useful features, great for all seasons.
Cons: Dubious about effectiveness of airflow system, but no real bad points to speak of.
Reviewed by Dave Jones (Bristol) on 2006-04-07:
General comments: I previously owned a different Berghaus rucksack which didnít have the freeflow system and glad that I upgraded. I use this rucksack when I travel to work in the morning, either on my motorbike or bicycle and have been largely impressed. It has more than enough room inside for my work clothes, waterproofs etc and also has handy exterior pockets to store items that need to be accessed quickly. The chest strap is very useful and adjustable which is extremely important whilst on the bike.
Pros: I am most impressed with the freeflow system as it keeps the bag off of the back and reduces the amount you sweat as well keeps the bag dry. Good capacity and well designed pockets. It also has straps to compress the pack when it is not full, again a good design.
Reviewed by Robin Wilkins (Scotland) on 2006-04-18:
General comments: I have the original version of this Berghaus Freeflow rucksac and have found it very good. The 30+6 size is ideal for day hiking in the Highlands, as it is big enough for water proofs, food, saftey kit etc without being too bulky. The sac is very comfortable when on and the adjustable straps prevent it from moving about on if you are scrambling etc. It has a good well padded waist belt that spreads the weight acorss your hips well and the freeflow back allows air to circulate reducing the sweaty back problem. I actually use the gap to stow my map a lot of the time but don't find it greatly reduces its effectiveness. Newer models have built in spray hoods which is a pretty good feature. The compression straps allow you to easily reduce the volume of the sac. It has fittings for two ice axes or walking poles, which are very useful. It also has a built in section to stow a bladder from a camelbak and a hole for the hose, which is a brilliant idea as it means you don't need to open your bag to get juice.
Pros: Comfortable, adjustable design. Tough materials, Axe / Pole fittings, Bladder section, free flow back, spray hood.
Reviewed by Rachel S (N. Ireland) on 2006-08-25:
General comments: Bought the Berghaus Freeeflow bag as an 'all rounder' as I needed a pack that would work for going to the crag for a days climbing carrying everything, as well as one that could be used for a days winter walking and also for a weekends summer camping. I've used it many times in all these roles (and many more) and have found it to be excellent in every situation!
Always found it to be comfortable, waist belt is very comfortable. Front attachment points can be used for poles, ice axes etc, and compression straps on either side are evry useful and can also be used for carrying extra equipment such as a thermarest
Pros: Freeflow system works really well. Raincover built in is also a great addition. Value for money!
Cons: None, really impressed.
Reviewed by Joseph Kinney (Manchester) on 2007-03-13:
General comments: I have the third version and it is extremely comfortable in all situations.
The freeflow back design is very sturdy and makes a huge difference when in tough situations at keeping your back nice and cool and helping to reduce sweat. The shoulder straps are very comfortable and have everything you need to attach small handy items and also for use with a hydration bladder.
Compression straps are also useful if you need to attach other items such as a torch or even a wet shirt youíve just washed.
The supplied rain cover is very effective and fits the sac well when the pull cord is used, but can also cover additional items strapped to the pack if needs be.
I have used this pack for a 2 night camp (Friday and Saturday night) although it was on a minimalist basis it coped well with the amount of gear I needed (just the basics).
One of the only things i can imagine would be an improvement for this sac would be if the side pockets were more expandable, i.e. to accommodate large flasks / drinks bottles.
Pros: Comfortable, light weight, versitile.
Cons: Slightly pricy for the size
Reviewed by becky (cambridge) on 2007-11-08:
General comments: These Berghaus Freeflow rucksacks are brilliant day sacs, for people who like to be continually on the move, they are extremely well designed to meet the needs of an hiking enthusiasts. This particular model (30 + 6) has a top pocket, and two expandable side pockets. The top pocket allows easy access to the essentials, and the key clip is very useful inside this pocket. The sack is hydration compatible; I use a camel back and have had no problems. The free flow system is excellent, allowing airflow between the rucksack and back, this reducing sweat. This has been especially useful in summer. The material of the rucksack after moderate use becomes water absorbent, rather than repellent. A waterproof spray soon solved the problem. The shoulder straps are well padded, although I donít like the chest strap, it seems to pull the straps in to tightly, even if on the loosest setting. The entire rucksack is effectively designed and meets the needs of all, depending on the model, as some have stick straps, and others have rope straps. The product is reasonably priced for the product you receive as well as having a berghaus guarantee.
Reviewed by David (Reading) on 2007-12-12:
General comments: This Berghaus Freeflow 30 + 6 pack is great for eliminating swack!. Sweaty back. Admittedly if your working hard while walking you'll get sweaty but everybody hates that awkward soaking back sensation thats just over the top. This bag really takes away that feeling. The frame also keeps the bag nice and steady while walking and the hip huggers are just big enough to offer some relief to the shoulders. I use this bag for more than day hiking. It was the only thing I took for a week and a half in Prague. It has more than enough space with the expandible side pockets and I especially like the sinch up top. I have had too many bags where the top zipper rips due to pressure. I don't see this ever happening to this bag. You can fit a camelback in the side and it doesn't seem to let water in even without the raincover on. I find this bag very comfortable and just the right size that you can't overpack. I gets in all the things the want and doesn't let you pack the junk you don't need. I have used it fairly roughly and no rips of tears as yet. I see this bag lasting a very long time indeed. The back system might seem like a gimmick and is similar to something you would see on a DEUTER bag but it really does work. It also seems to add to the comfort of the bag because the mesh doesn't let the bag move around while walking. Finally....the buckle is less likely to break because it has not fiddly little teeth
Pros: no sweaty back, just big enough, good build quality
Reviewed by Marion Palmann (Cambridgeshire) on 2008-04-02:
General comments: I spent a long time trying to pick a day rucksack to get all the features I was after without adding too much weight, and finally plumped for the Berghaus Freeflow 30. I have now used it on a week long trip to the Peak District in everything from sunshine to near blizzard conditions and have found it to deliver robustly!
Pros: At no time did I feel clammy or sweaty at the back - the Freeflow bit definitely worked very well. The included waterproof cover was easily available whenever needed out of the bottom zip compartment, and did the job required, keeping all kit dry inside. (Plus it is reflective). The attachments for walking poles were convenient and accessible. The waist and shoulder straps were supremely comfortable and so easy to adjust "on the hoof". The pouch for the hydro pack was pretty big - I only used the small size of pack which got a bit lost in the pocket. The "bottle" pockets on the side are easy to grab your bottle out of as you go along (but you need long arms to get them back in on your own!). I thought this was a brilliant little pack and it did everything needed for a day at a time.
Cons: You have to realise that if you want the advantage of the Freeflow design this does mean that the whole thing curves/arches round at the back and it makes slightly more difficult to put gear in/the rear is a bit inflexible when you pack stuff in, plus you get the feeling that space is compromised a little bit to accommodate the curve. But worth it for a dry back!
Reviewed by Luke Myatt (Aberdeenshire) on 2011-03-08:
General comments: I have used this bag for ages and I really like it. It is well designed and constructed. It has been with me for various trips in the Cairngorms, and I have found it to be a brilliant day bag. With ample space for essentials, waterproofs and food. The 'Freeflow' design is good as you do not get a sweaty back. The waterproof cover is a nice addition to the bag as are axe loops, compression straps and hydration pocket. The shoulder and hip straps are very well padded and comfortable. It has just the things needed on it. I have really hammered this bag and it is still fine,
Pros: It has a Good design, is very comfortable. Nice light weight bag,and a small compact size,
Cons: Slightly awkward shape, It has rolled away a few times.