The BERGHAUS SS24 range sees the return of an iconic pack in a new form and extensions to the core apparel collection.
Introduced in 1996, the first Berghaus Freeflow was a pioneer in the ventilated pack category and established itself as a firm favourite with hikers. Over the next two decades, the concept went through several updates and upgrades and the packs remained very popular.
Berghaus has used the last few years to design, develop and test the next generation of Freeflow, which return for 2024 with a fresh approach to a ventilated back system. The new Freeflow has been engineered to deliver genuine evolution in frame design, suspending the pack away from the back without compromising on stability or packing space.
Conventional ventilated packs, such as those with mesh back systems (like the original Freeflow) often make compromises in stability, storage space and ease of packing. In contrast, contact back systems offer only limited air circulation and poorer moisture management.
The new 3D Freeflow technology sets out to provide the advantages of both mesh back and contact back systems while minimising the respective disadvantages. This is made possible thanks to a flexible, ergonomic frame design with an innovative perforation pattern for improved airflow, made from bluesign approved recyclable polypropylene. In addition, 3D-printed spacer pads in the lumbar area and a seamlessly stretched mesh back offer maximum comfort.
The key advantage is that the system provides a consistent air gap of two to four centimetres along the entire length of the back while keeping the load close to the body, thus improving stability and carry comfort. The new Freeflow was tested in the Berghaus in-house laboratory, by an independent university and on the hill.
According to the data collected, the system performed extremely well in delivering the balance that other products cannot.
Built for long, strenuous and sweaty hikes, there are three unisex Freeflows in the 2024 Berghaus range with different volumes and feature sets – the 3D Freeflow 30+5L, 3D Freeflow 30 and Freeflow 24. Each is available in two back lengths and the two larger packs also have adjustable fit, so they can be adapted to the wearer’s shape and size.
The Alpha Resist-Air Jacket is an ultra-lightweight, wind and water resistant jacket that incorporates active insulation. Designed for high intensity outdoor activities, it combines a 100% recycled 15D nylon face fabric that protects against wind and light rain, with a bonded POLARTEC Alpha Direct lining.
The jacket delivers optimal climate management by quickly dissipating excess body heat and moisture to the outside. Features include a hood with stiffened peak, two zipped hand pockets, elasticated cuffs, and a stuff sac. It weighs only 230g for a women’s size 10 and 260g for a men’s medium.
The Hike-Air Stretch 2.5L Waterproof Jacket offers full protection from the rain and wind thanks to the Berghaus Hydroshell Elite technology. Four-way stretch allows excellent freedom of movement to improve comfort while pit zips allow for extra venting when working really hard.
Other features include an adjustable hood with stiffened peak; two zipped hand pockets and an internal pocket; adjustable cuffs; dual drawcord hem adjustment. The Hike-Air Stretch weighs just 300g for a women’s size 10 and 360g for a men’s medium.