Review | Vaude Trail Spacer 18 – More Capacity Than Capability?

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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).

Vaude Trail Spacer 18

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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Review Info

Product:Trail Spacer 18
Tested:by Hannah for 10 months

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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