The Vaude Triset won ‘Best Value’ in the June 08 Trail test (it’s £10 more expensive now) and here it keeps its closest competitor – the Lowe Alpine AirZone – among the runners-up. If you’re looking for a pack with an airflow back system it would be worth checking out both of these models along with the Karrimor Airspace. This offers an enormous lid pocket, two zipped side storage compartments and ice axe loops. So it’s sheer flexibility that wins out. It’s a very comfortable rucksack: even when fully loaded it holds gear close to your back, and it feels very durable. Although I’m not a fan of airflow-style back systems, I found this to be an excellent day walking pack with enough capacity to cope with lighter overnight trips. But if you’re a fan of ventilated back systems like this, you might prefer the slightly leaner approach of the Lowe Alpine pack, which offers a cutaway trampoline area on the back to minimise sweating further and a smaller hipbelt (the one on the Vaude pack feels a tad too large). The Karrimor manages even less contact with the back and is also extremely comfortable so try all three.
Capacity 40 litres
Fabric 600D polyester PU-coated
Features longer back means the weight is carried on the hips; slim profile ideal for scrambling; Aeroflex ventilated mesh back with expandable side pockets; double ice axe loops; exceptionally large pocket lid
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 50
The Vaude Triset 35+8 is still excellent value for money at £65, and a great pack for those who don’t need the lightest option on the market but want the benefits of this kind of back system.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2010