The Vaude Brenta 30 has an Aeroflex back system, which holds the pack away from the wearer to increase airflow and thereby reduce that horrible clammy feeling. But what’s particularly interesting is that the back system can be adjusted to increase the curvature of the pack, thus increasing the airflow, or decrease the curvature of the back to reduce airflow and therefore increase how closely the pack fits, which works brilliantly. It’s also possible to adjust the shoulder straps and overall this adds up to a great back system. The body of the Vaude Brenta 30 is pretty good, too. It does not have wand pockets or side compression straps, but you can slot trekking pole tips into a pair of loops and use an elastic toggle higher up the pack to secure them. There are side pockets that are overly elaborate in my view as they have a zipped baffle as well as a zipped opening. They are also shorter than other side pockets, so a 1.5 litre bottle does not fit in them, but a 1 litre bottle does. There is a useful stretch stash pocket for a waterproof jacket and the lid benefits from a very large pocket in the top that is superb for guidebooks. You also get a free compass on the shoulder strap!
Capacity 30 litres
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pocket no
Hydration pocket yes
Floating lid no
Back lengths adjustable
Women’s version yes (Maremma 28 or 36)
The Vaude Brenta 30 boasts an excellent back system with a good series of features on the body of the sack for most walking situations, although minor details mean it may not quite be perfect for everyone.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2012