I’d just like to sign off on the Berghaus Freeflow 20 rucksack which i have been “testing”
I wanted to see how it performed in the rain. This is known in the trade as the “Fred Astaire test”
Now this has been a terrible summer – all heat waves, sunshine and dry spells. An absolute friggin nightmare for we pro gear-testers .However,we have had some short sharp showers recently and I exposed the little fellow to one as an experiment.I have to say that it came through with flying colours with and without the raincover. Now this does not equate to 7 hours driving rain on Rannoch Moor, but that is not the intended environment for this product. As long as it keeps your ciabatta and iPad dry.
- It’s quite smart and seems to be well made
- It’s at least heavy-shower proof
- It is quite comfortable to wear. It does seem to move about from side to side making a rubbing noise on shiny fabrics. This may be due to my manly stride and would not necessarily be a problem for those of you who favour a more mincing gait. And of course the waist strap might sort the issue.
- The Freeflow system seems to work as well as any and better than most, in my limited experience.It comes, though,at a price.
- It is a small 20 litres.
- The rigid panel which creates the Freeflow forms a choke point when packing.
- A couple of bulky objects and it seems full, even when there is unused space in the lower corners.
- The external pocket has, let’s say, limited functionality.
There you go – can’t say fairer then that. Not something I can see a use for in my life, but if this is what you’re looking for – you’ve found it !
So that clears the decks ready for the Pro Shell jacket testing – same address please Mr. Berghaus.
You never forget your first (or last) redhead !