Product Type: Berghaus Rucksack
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Berghaus Freeflow IV 35+8L
Member Name: sympatic
Berghaus Freeflow IV 35+8L
Advantages: Freeflow system
Disadvantages: The extra 8 litres is on the outside of the main sack
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.
Summary: Good day sack
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