Hannah tests out the Vaude Trail Spacer 18 – will its knitted construction hold up to miles on the bike as well as her previous pack?
My previous experience of a Vaude back pack was of one tested by Jenn before I arrived at Singletrack. It was passed on to me, and I used it every day to transport my laptop and lunch to work – often by bike, often in grim weather. When all the zipper tags had finally come off, before I got round to adding my own bits of para cord, I was offered this new pack to test, the Vaude Trail Spacer 18. So I said yes, and passed my old bag onto my dad (who added the zipper tags and is happily still using it – he really rates it).
The Vaude Trail Spacer 18 boasts eco credentials (as does all Vaude kit), but in an unusual twist, it goes beyond environmentally friendly fabric or ethical sourcing. This bag boasts that its rear panel is knitted, ‘Spacer Knit’ they call it, in a single thread – so there are no offcuts in the making of the back panel. No offcuts means less waste – a good thing, surely.
A previous version of the Trail Spacer was available in a smaller 8 litre version, this 18 litre pack is a new addition to the line up. As well as being less wasteful, the ‘Spacer Knit’ back claims to act be shock absorbing and to provide good ventilation. The straps are vest-like, and claim to be comfortable for both ‘speedhikes and fast mountain bike rides’.
On The Trail
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|Product:||Trail Spacer 18|
|Tested:||by Hannah for 10 months|