Berghaus Freeflow 50
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Freeflow III back system with Microbreathe straps & breather hipbelt for increased comfort all day 2 main compartments with base divider keeps you kit sorted & easy to access when you need it Mesh wand pockets & front shock cord plus inner & outer lid pockets for secure storage Raincover for wet weather protection & increased visibility Side compression and chest straps keeps things secure & stable
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Berghaus Freeflow 50 Reviews
Reviewed by David Green (UK) on 2005-09-30:
General comments: As my wife cannot a rucksac any longer for medical reasons, I needed a rucksac into which I could carry the requirements of two adults - food, waterproofs, 1st aid kit, etc etc. My previous bag had a ventilation system so this was a must have, in addition to a very comfortable hip belt to help spread the extra load. I have used it on several outings todate - wet and dry weather, and have found it to be extremely comfortable and practical
Pros: I am absolutely delighted with it, and will recommend it without reservation. If you want the quality buy the best - it is cheaper than imitations every time!!!! This rucksac is the best of its type.
Reviewed by Lee Stockton (UK) on 2005-09-30:
General comments: I suffer greatly from "sweaty back syndrome" and was enthused to find a sack that helped me overcome this problem. Being of a shorter than average stature, I needed a sack that would fit more comfortably than a 65-70 ltr sack, and this was the answer. I only had to make minor sacrifices in the equipment I took with me when camping out on Kinder Scout - and these sacrifices were items that I'd never really used anyway. What a superb sack! - any chance of Berghaus developing a combination of this and the new bioflex by any chance?
Reviewed by Tony Carey (UK) on 2005-09-30:
General comments: I walked with my pal for a week early this year and got sick to death of the praises he heaped upon his 'Freeflow II 50' so when my bag started to deteriorate noticeably I bought one - he was right. Not too big but big enough with sensibly segregated load areas. TWO pole holders, VERY comfortable indeed and no sweaty back areas. I fell in love with it the first day I used it and it seems to love me too!!! I can't wait for the next expedition when I can really put it through its paces.
Reviewed by David Hamilton (UK) on 2005-09-30:
General comments: Excellent rucksack that actually kept my back dry!! Good construction and build quality.
Cons: Only bad comment was that the padding at the top of the back mesh was a bit thin but otherwise a first class rucksack.
Reviewed by Alistair (Edinburgh) on 2006-05-19:
General comments: Perhaps the zips are not as robust as they might be - my zip broke on the hood pocket but I haven't done anything about it.
I really like it - it's a good balance of size, weight, and comfort and if you are only carrying smaller loads it compresses quite well. Like most lightweight rucksacks it is not 100% waterproof and, although it does come with a rain cover, the rain can still run down your back and soak through that way. This was only a problem once though on the GR20 when we got caught in pretty heavy sustained rain.
Did the job on the GR20 for 11 days on the trot - no hip bruising or rubbed shoulders or anything like that.
I guess another slight downside (but this is the case with most rucksacks) is that the hydration sleeve is not really big enough to slide a 3 litre camelback in and out of easily so I tended to just stick mine on the top of the rucksack, under the hood.
Can get it in black now as well...
Reviewed by Jamie Forman (Leicester) on 2007-12-29:
General comments: I bought this rucksack earlier this year as I needed a larger sack for weekend (and longer) use. The freeflow back was a big factor in buying the Berghaus over other brands, as I've always had issues with clammy sweaty sacks.
The first test was a fully laden wild camping trip in the Lake District, lugging far too much equipment to the top of Bowfell. The sack performed very well, keeping me cool and fairly comfortable given the excess weight. I've used the sack for weekend rambles and longer trips all without problem, and found the back comfortable, stable, easily big enough and easy to access.
The major test was a fortnight walking and travelling across Switzerland and Italy this summer. Carrying tent, sleeping bag, clothes, walking kit, camera, etc, the sack was fantastic, again comfortable and stable, big enough for 2 weeks kit and resilient to the rigours of travelling by rail, bus and plane.
Pros: Good value (I got a discount with my BMC card) but £60 is not too much to ask. Well built, comfortable, freeflow back really works, stable, easy access...
Cons: None yet.
Reviewed by Daniel (Notts) on 2009-05-26:
General comments: I recently bought this backpack, but I am taking it back to the shop before ever using it as the shoulder straps are so uncomfortable. The Evabreath is a good idea in theory, but the foam encasement means that all the weight is transfered onto thin webbed seams. This results in extreme chafing, and lasting soreness after only a couple of minutes use. I definitely need something that has more padding on the shoulders
Pros: loads of features for the money
Cons: too clever for its own good, resulting in unusability