If you want to go lighter, try this slim-fitting rucksack with a well-vented back. At 775g the Vaude Triset Ultralight 35 is almost as light as the OMM Classic Marathon 32, but features a more complex back system and comfy mesh hipbelt that’s useful if you really can’t bear back sweat. The curved mesh back doesn’t eat into the main sack and feels comfy against your lower back. It’s ideal for shorter backs and smaller bums to fit within the semi-rigid sack base. Despite a unisex fit, the shoulder straps are narrow and comfy for women. Light fabric and thin string side compression helps bring the weight down, while bungee cord secures fleeces or waterproofs. The yellow rain cover provides high visibility on roads. But there is no underside lid pocket or top attachments for poles or axes (they’d have to slide through the thin, undetachable side compression string). Rain covers can disappear in high mountain winds. If you have a lady-sized bum you might find the more rigid vented back base uncomfy. The base would benefit from a heavier-weight fabric for more durability.
Fabric 70D siliconised nylon and 210D Diamond Ripstop Polyamid
Features comfy; narrow shoulder fit; short back; lid has pocket; hydration-compatible; thin string side compression, front bungee cord, mesh wand pockets, comfy mesh hipbelt, 2 pole or ice axe loops, yellow rain cover in base, slim profile
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
Vaude – tel. (01665) 510660; www.vaude-uk.com
Verdict: The Vaude Triset Ultralight 35 is a slim-fit sack for light summer day walks and scrambles – and good value for money.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine July 2009