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First test: Vaude Citus 24 LW (2016)

£80.00

It’s easy to make your rucksack lighter: just cut off the bits you don’t really need, right? The problem with this approach is that the result can be a pack that is also very uncomfortable, not very stable and lacking some of the features we all love to have when hillwalking. But this assumption could be about to change if ...

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Vaude Fjordan (2015)

£190.00

FeaturesThe big plus here is that the Vaude Fjordan only weighs 380g (size L), and that is due in part to the use of a 2.5-layer stretch Ceplex laminate membrane fabric, rather than a 3-layer option. This material is also Bluesign-approved to meet environmental standards. There are three outside pockets, the hood has a wired peak and you even get ...

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Vaude Defender Pants III (2015)

£130.00

FeaturesA former Trail ‘Best in Test’ winner, the Vaude Defender has been upgraded to version III. It uses a Schoeller Dynamic fabric – a woven nylon that’s tough and stretchy, making it ideal for the hill. Bluesign certification also means it’s good for the environment. There are five zipped pockets but they’re quite small, while ankle cuff adjustment and abrasion ...

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Vaude Brenta 50 (2015)

£110.00

FeaturesThis pack is designed with Vaude’s Aeroflex back system, which allows the shoulder straps to be raised to adjust back length. The back system also holds the pack away from the body of the wearer. There is a main and lower compartment as well as side and front stretch pockets and compression straps. The lid is a fixed design with ...

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Vaude Brenta 25 (2015)

£80.00

Can’t decide between a flat-back system and a suspended one? Well, here’s one that does both. The Brenta uses Vaude’s clever Aeroflex system: while it’s on your back, pull the two red straps at the bottom and the back cinches from flat to concave, and you can set the degree of curve exactly to your needs. It then compresses around ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone is Bluesign-approved, meaning it meets stringent environmental standards. It is a 2.5-layer fabric, so it’s not quite as good as 3-layer materials for condensation management. But it is light at 313g (size L) and you still get two main pockets, plus a third chest pocket, a hood with a wired peak, ...

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Vaude Casson (2015)

£150.00

FeaturesThe Vaude Casson’s 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric gains Bluesign approval for its environmental benefits, but condensation control is not quite as good as 3-layer fabrics. There are two main pockets, pit zips and a hood with a wired peak. It has a decent weight of 310g too. The main drawback is the two pockets: they’re mesh-lined so they may allow ...

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Vaude TerraLight 1-2p (2015)

£190.00

FeaturesThe TerraLight 1-2p is either a small two-person tent or a large one-person tent as its living space sits between these two standards. It is pitched outer-first with a long porch down one side that also provides entry to the tent. The flysheet is made from PU-coated polyester material and it weighs 1858g, which is acceptable at this price. 5/5 ...

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Vaude Terratrio 2p (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Vaude Terratrio 2p was specifically designed for the UK market so it should have a great set of features for Trail readers! It is an outer-pitched-first design with a front porch outside the inner tent. The material is a polyester with a printed hexagonal design, but this is not a ripstop fabric as provided on other tents around this ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

www.vaude.com FeaturesThe Vaude Crestone’s weight of just 314g (size L) is an important feature but you also get two large chest-mounted pockets for easy access while wearing a rucksack and a third higher-placed chest pocket for a GPS. The hood has a wired peak plus rear volume adjustment. Pit zips are provided to aid ventilation without having to open the ...

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Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesThe main feature here is the low weight combined with a full-length side zip that benefits from an external stormflap. But Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant overtrousers also use Bluesign-approved fabric, meaning they meets certain environmental criteria. There is reinforcement in the seat, a zipped fly, and an elasticated waist too. There are no belt loops and no waist drawcord, ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 52+8 (2015)

£120.00

Features The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. This model has a capacity of 52 to 60 litres in one main compartment with top and front opening as a well as a base compartment with external zipped opening. The lid is a floating design with an external pocket, and you get a useful front zipped ...

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Vaude Brenta (2015)

£85.00

FeaturesThe men’s Brenta has a 30 litre capacity but the women’s Maremma is only 28 litres, and this is provided by a single main compartment with a snow-lock extension, a lid with twin buckles and a raincover. The lid gets a nice large pocket on the outside, plus an internal pocket. Stretch mesh pockets are provided on the front and ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 42+8 (2014)

£120.00

The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. The Asymmetric back system can be adjusted to length by raising or lowering the shoulder strap section along metal staves in the back panel. You get a thin layer of mesh over perforated padding on the main body contact areas to reduce the build-up of sweat. The back ...

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Vaude Triset 22 (2014)

£65.00

Designed for fast hiking, the Vaude Triset 22 weighs just 661g, which is not the lightest option; but this is a more walker-orientated design than the superlight packs that are optimised for runners. The pack has a seemingly less sophisticated back design than some others, with just two strips of mesh-covered padding improving comfort, rather than the full coverings of ...

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Vaude Lizard GUL 1P (2014)

£550.00

If you rank minimal weight as your number one priority then the Vaude Lizard GUL 1P  is the tent for you. At just 740g including stuffsacks, pegs and poles, it’s half the weight of some in our test so it won’t weigh you down when backpacking. It features carbon poles and a unique pole configuration. There’s a short pole at ...

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Vaude Taurus Ultralight (2014)

£300.00

The Vaude Taurus Ultralight is an extremely well-established tent that’s been reviewed many times in Trail and never fails to impress. It weighs in at a very respectable 1858g, which is lighter than some higher-priced tents. It pitches extremely easily outer-first with two poles being slipped through mesh sleeves and ladder-lock webbing adjusters around the edges allowing a taut pitch ...

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Vaude Cheyenne 700 (2014)

£195.00

The Cheyenne 700 has a good temperature rating for 3-season use, being comfortable from -1 to -7 deg C. It uses an 80 per cent down with 20 per cent feather insulation, which is why the price is a little lower than some bags that use 90% down for example. This means more down is needed, however, which adds to ...

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Vaude Birch Rain Pants (2014)

£55.00

Like many Vaude products the Birch Rain Pants are made from Bluesign-approved fabric, so they’re guaranteed to be made from sustainable materials and use resource-friendly production methods. The fabric is a 2.5-layer Ceplex Active, which is a PU-coated nylon. Like all 2.5-layer fabrics this can feel clammier than 3-layer fabrics or trousers with mesh linings, but with modern synthetic trousers ...

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Vaude Basodino Hooded Jacket (2014)

£75.00

The Vaude Basodino Hooded Jacket is made from Bluesign-approved fabric, which means the material is environmentally friendly. The fabric is also nice and stretchy and provides a good level of insulation, which makes it ideal for hillwalking. Put the jacket on and it instantly feels comfortable and really hugs the body, but without being restrictive. There are three pockets. The ...

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Vaude Brenta 35 (2014)

£90.00

The Vaude Brenta 35 narrowly missed out being featured in the top eight in our test. It is a well-featured 35-litre rucksack with two hip pockets, a floating back system that adjusts, a rain cover, two wand pockets, a clipped webbing pocket on the front that is ideal for a jacket, a valuables pocket under the lid and the usual ...

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Vaude Triset 35+8 (2014)

£77.00

This colossal pack swallows anything: jacket after fleece after drybag went flying in with no problem, even before we’d expanded the extra side storage areas and shoved in two more jackets. The lid pocket is equally cavernous. Yet while it feels like a sack in the loading, when worn it disperses the weight with ease and feels incredibly secure and ...

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Vaude Brenta 35 (2014)

£90.00

The Vaude Brenta 35 narrowly missed out being featured in the top eight in our test. It is a well-featured 35-litre rucksack with two hip pockets, a floating back system that adjusts, a rain cover, two wand pockets, a clipped webbing pocket on the front that is ideal for a jacket, a valuables pocket under the lid and the usual ...

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Vaude Crestone (2103)

£185.00

At just 314g (size L) the Vaude Crestone is the lightest jacket featured in our test but, surprisingly for the weight, it is also fully featured and those features are well-designed. It is shorter than some jackets, as is common with lighter designs, and also the front zip does not get an external stormflap, so don’t be surprised if this ...

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Vaude Terratrio 2P (2013)

£175.00

The Vaude Terratrio 2P uses the same poles as the popular Vaude Taurus 1 but the porch area is 60 per cent larger, thanks to it being squared off at the front. The tent uses polyester, with a printed hexagonal ripstop effect, but this isn’t as durable as a real ripstop fabric. Like the Taurus 1 the Terratrio is extremely ...

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