“ Brand: Berghaus / Style: Mountaineer / Max Litres: 43 „
I bought the 2011 (comes with base pocket) version of this pack for a one day climbing or camping bag. Personally i like a variety of pockets to stay organised and to keep things clean which is the main reason i opted for this bag. I was concerned about it being slightly too small but its coped so far.
The main pocket is big enough to take either my full climbing gear, harness, camelpac and rope or a sleeping bag, air mat and tent. The base pocket (which can be opened up to access or expand the main pocket) is large enough for a big lunch box or camping stove and accessories and you're still left with 7 small pockets. The standard 2 lid pockets and 2 expanding side pockets. One flat front pocket which is great for maps or guidebooks and 2 long thin pockets down the front which open wide for easy access to emergency items such as waterproofs or a flask of tea/whisky. Water bladder pocket and exit over the shoulder is present as you'd expect on all packs these days.
The bag doesnt come with option for back length. Instead each bag can be altered to suit by moving a simple clasp in the centre of the back. Its amazingly comfortable even when carrying all the metal I regularly do and with the freeflow design an awkwardly placed item doesn't poke into you're back. The waist belt and chest strap as a comfortable as any other but they aren't removable so its not a pack designed for true alpine use.
For those who like minimalist and lightweight and aren't too fussed about back breathability then this wouldnt be the bag for you but for those after comfort and functionality this is going to be tough to beat at this price.
I have had this rucksack for about two and a half years now, it is an excellent day sack that is ideal for taking just enough for an over night camping trip provided that you carry your tent externally and really do adopt a minimalist approach to what you carry, it comes into its own as a daysack for hiking or going around a city, lately it has been great for day trips with my baby daughter as I can carry so much in it.
It has a capacity of 35 litres, don't be fooled by the extra 8 litre capacity as this is in the form of two expandable side pockets and as such if you are using a dry sack as a lining for your main storage anything in these side pockets will need a seperate dry sack otherwise in rain they risk getting wet.
The main advantage to this rucksack is the freeflow design that it incorporates, I have found this to be very effective at reducing the amount of back sweat caused by wearing a rucksack and in addition in warmer climates when I have used it this reduces the chance of a rash developing. The design of the rucksack is such that air flows freely down between back and rucksack thus preventing your back from sweating from the contact. The curved design makes it a comfortable fit even with a full load and the combination of wide comfortable shoulder straps that are easily adjusted without having to remove the pack and the central band is also wide and comgortable as well and sits nicely across my upper hips.
I have been impressed with how robust this ruck sack has been and it has survvived two flights in the hold and I have also managed to get it on as hand luggage on a couple of flights however that is a bit of a gamble given the size of it. All of the clips are well made and there is a zipped top compartment and also a hydration pouch inside the main compartment. On the outside there are clips for securing walking poles and one for keys as well. You also get a rain cover which is pretty standard these days.
I paid about £49 from memory, I know that it was under £50, these days I would expect the airflow system to be even better and for me this is the main feature that you want when buying a rucksack especially if you are going to a humid climate.
If you know how to pack and have a down sleeping bag that really compresses down then you will be amazed just how much you can get into a 35 litre bag and while I have taken it ona couple of overnight camps it really comes into its own as a day sack and one that I would certainly recommend.
The Berghaus Freeflow Rucksack is a very solid, sturdy and long lasting rucksack, perfect for carrying pretty much everything, mine always keeping me company during smaller hikes, walks in the forest and general out doors activity. I`ve always trusted Berghaus as a reliable and good quality product, so I didn`t really think twice about buying this product, and seeing as it holds 43 liters, it was the perfect ammount I was looking for when needing a rucksack to transport the variety of equipment I bring with me on short hikes and etc...
Outside of this rucksack, there`s four pockets, very suitable for carrying bottles of water, snacks and so on, and the main compartment of this rucksack is very big and holds a lot, and with the very sturdy and solid quality of the fabric, I`m never concerned that the rucksack will break due to the heavy equipment that I often load it with. What I find the most enjoyable and appealing about this product, is the high level of comfort it brings to the table. It feels very good on shoulders and back while wearing it, and with good padding and wide and soft straps and waist belt, it fits you perfectly by adjusting to your body shape... Funny fact, this rucksack also comes with holders for your walking poles, if you are of those using them... Adding to the spesifications and features I can mention a rain cover, removable chest harness and key clip, and with the very good quality and comfort of this rucksack from Berghaus, I don`t really have any complaints to utter! This is a really good, yet expensive ( 54.99 ) rucksack, and I recommend it for all types of use during your day!
I carried the Berghaus freeflow IV 35+8 for over two years of continuous travel, plus a few other trips before hand and have been more than impressed with its durability. The bag has been dragged through monsoon weather and generally abused with rough travelling for a considerable period of time and it has not ripped or even frayed-other than dirt the only mark is a small cut on the waistband where I pushed it out a window that had shards of very sharp glass in the frame. The bag is genuinely durable and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a bag that will stand up well to adverse conditions.
The bag is 35L which is a little smaller than average for a backpacker, however, I believe is ideal for girls as even when full it shouldn't be too heavy yet there is still enough room for all your stuff. For a hiker it is just big enough for a small tent, sleeping bag and other basic camping equipment but there would not be much room left over. There is 8 litres of expansion space in the form of side pockets which is ideal to fill up with souvenirs and the extra things when heading back home. The bag is a toploader, or standard rucksack that fills from the top and doesn't have a zip around the side like a suitcase. This can be a disadvantage for access to things at the bottom of the bag.
One of the main features of the bag is the freeflow back so that the pack is held off your back with an area of mesh. Unfortunately this does mean the bag is very rigid and so cannot be manipulated into small spaces as easily as a normal backpack of the same size. As there is a chunk out the back it also looks a little larger than other bags with the same capacity. The shoulder and waist straps are also Evabreathe which help the wearer to stay cool-this is a useful feature if you are travelling in a hot and humid climate or doing some trekking and hiking where building up a sweat is likely. I felt that these make a real difference from previous packs I have used-it is an extremely comfortable pack to wear. As with most packs the shoulder and waist straps are adjustable and so you can fit them to yourself and make sure the pack is at it's most comfortable and that the weight is carried on your hips and not the shoulders.
The bag contains a raincover but I found that the material of the pack is reasonably water resistant-it would not, of course, stand up to a dunk in the sea but I have carried it in the rain and found my clothes inside still dry. Again in comparison to other backpacks I have used I found this one far better in this way.
The pack also has pole holders and a space for a hydration pack (not included) for those using it as a hiking bag.
The backpack is usually available for around the 60 pound mark which, for it's size, is a little on the expensive side. However, the quality is worth paying a little extra for as you can be sure that the bag will not rip or disintegrate at an inopportune moment.
As many of you maybe aware I am currently saving for my six week trip to Thailand in November, I have been before but this time me and my husband are planning to travel around instead of opting for one area in particular.
This time around we are planning to take back packs instead of lugging around massive suitcases, I am still not sure if I can actually go six weeks with all of my possessions in a backpack but I am going to humor my husband and try to get everything into one bag as it will be much easier to travel around with.
We have recently purchased two Berghaus Freeflow IV 35 +8 backpacks for the trip. Upon my first impressions they were very small and there was no way I could put everything I needed into this one bag, but after further inspection I have found it to be rather spacious.
The Berghaus Freeflow IV 35 +8 is a backpack that has a thirty five litre capacity and a further eight litre capacity in the from of two extra expandable space pockets on each side of the back pack.
As far as the freeflow feature is concerned this is something that did not really influence us into buy the backpack, but after inspecting and trying out the pack this actually allows much better airflow, which will eliminate any moisture build up. So while traveling around in very humid conditions this will make carrying the back pack much more comfortable as it will allow the air to circulate in between the pack and your body.
Another cool feature is the EvaBreathe shoulder straps which help to release any heat that may build up between your shoulders and the straps, this is something that has really appealed to me as I will be wearing vest tops and the bag will be sitting directly on to my skin, so if this stops a sweat rash it gets my vote.
The shoulder straps are fully padded and adjustable so this can be adjusted to fit you perfectly, allowing you to travel in comfort.
The back pack is broken down into many different compartments, the largest being the main section that has a pull cord fastening and then a top lid / lip section that pulls over the top and is fastened closed with two heavy duty plastic clips. If this is closed correctly I am sure I will have no problem when it comes to pick pockets as it is very secure.
Within the lip lid it also has a large zipped compartment that spans the width of the rucksack and there is another zipped section on the inner side of the lip lid, I feel that this is like a secret compartment so this is where I will be keeping the passports.
Inside the main section it has a Hydration reservoir pocket, which is designed to house a hydration pack for walkers but this is something I will not be using but I am sure I will find something to fill the empty space. For those interested in the Hydration pack, please be aware this back did not come with the hydration pack, you will need to buy this as an additional extra.
I was worrying about the weight of this pack, but it only weighs 1.4 kilos empty so if I am careful with what I pack I should be able to carry it. If I do over fill it there is a removable chest strap that can adjusted to fit me and this will help even the weight to I can carry it with injuring myself.
This pack also comes with Integral wand pockets, walking pole holders and key clip, all of which don't interest me but for the right person could prove very handy.
Lastly this comes with a rain cover to protect the contents if it was going to get wet, but hopefully I will not need this but I will take it as knowing my lucky it will rain constantly.
PRICE / AVAILABLITY
You can buy this bag from www.berghaus.com for £65.00, I personally bought my backpacks from the Lake District and they cost me £59.99 each so I did manage to get them slightly cheaper than buying from Berghaus themselves.
We bought the plain black and plain navy backpacks, but you can get these in various colours such as green, blue, red and even multi colours.
The two extra space pockets on each side of the pack are going to be very handy, as I can store stuff that I need to get to quickly easily without having to un-pack the whole of the main compartment. These will store things like sun cream, insect repellant, make up, sunglasses and my mobile phone as these are things that I will need on a daily basis. I am very surprised at how much I can actually get into these two pockets let alone the whole bag, so the only thing I need to careful about in the weight as I will need to bee carrying this at all times.
This back pack is very comfortable to wear as it is padded in the area that penetrate you the most for example the lower back and shoulders, I have filled my backpack up and carried it around the house without any problems so I am confident I will be able to manage it when we go on away.
As far as the space is concerned I am completely happy with what I have got, yes I could do with more but if I don't have it I won't fill it. I just have to keep reminding myself that I have to carry it when I get there so this makes eliminating items very easy indeed.
Overall I am happy with my purchase it will do the job for me, I feel that this would be ideal for any back packer but I think the walker would benefit more as this has many feature that will appeal to them.
This rucksack is a new version from the Freeflow range from Berghaus and comes with a number of improvements over the earlier models. It is a medium-sized day sack with a main capacity of 35 litres. The +8 name comes from the really well designed expandable 4 litre pockets built into each side. These are ideal for the likes of drinks bottles and all those bits and pieces you will want to be able to get at during the day without having to rummage around in the main compartment. The two compression straps on each side stop these pockets flopping out and keep everything neat and compact.
Inside the main compartment is a slim pocket for holding a hydration bladder which is large enough to manage a 2 litre hydration bladder. There is also a well designed outlet for the bladder hose taking it out over the right shoulder strap where there is an elastic strip stitched on to keep the hose under control. It is conveniently placed for easy use.
The main improvements have been made to the Freeflow back system to allow even better airflow around the back area thus ensuring that there is no moisture build up. The new EvaBreathe shoulder straps, now also have an open honeycomb structure, allowing any heat build up under the shoulder strap to be released easily.
The best thing about this pack is the way it sits so comfortably when you are wearing it. It only seems to touch at the shoulders and waist belt and never seems to press or pull in any way that would make it uncomfortable.
If it has any disadvantages it is that the back design forces the bag into a sort of banana shape which can make packing some items a little bit of a challenge.
Overall, having used the Freeflow IV 35+8 for about six months, I have absolutely no complaints it does exactly what I want it to do and that is carry all my gear without being a pain.
35 litres with 2 x 4 litre expandable side pockets
Improved Freeflow back system
Evabreathe shoulder straps
Integral wand pockets
Large zipped lid pocket
Internal zipped lid pocket
Two walking pole holders
Two full length compression straps
Hydration reservoir pocket
Removable/Adjustable chest harness
Medium sized daysac with new improved Freeflow back system. A reduced area of mesh means less perspiration and combined with new engineered shoulder straps using EVA Breathe technology the new Freeflow range is stylish and even more breathable, ideal for all trekking activity. Capacity: 35+8L / Raincover / Two walking pole holders