Gear Review: Vaude Minimalist 35 L Backpack

The Vaude Minimalist 35 made the Climbing Magazine list of Alpine-Ready Haulers.

In their May 2014 issue, Climbing Magazine unveiled their top-choice minimalist packs that are "light on weight but heavy on comfort." When considering comfort, performance, durability, and weight, the Vaude Minimalist 35 delivered it all.

The Vaude Minimalist is pure unadulterated minimalism. It’s an ultra lightweight, compact top loader built with siliconized material for all climbers and mountaineers who count every ounce they take with them.

The Minimalist is available in three different sizes: 15, 25, and 35 liters. It is comfortably equipped with a detachable frame sheet and a well fitting VFlex body-contact suspension system. Other features include a zip pocket in the lid, additional zip lid pocket inside, gear loops, side compression draw cord, sternum strap, webbing hip belt, and an opening for a hydration system.

VFlex Suspension System: VFlex is specially engineered to meet the demands of alpine terrain. The backpack sits close to the body and distributes the load evenly across the back allowing for optimal balance when hiking. Inside the backpack a preformed back plate ensures firm pack stability. Even when fully loaded, this prevents the backpack from warping out against the back. To shave off some extra grams, the plate can be removed, reducing the weight even further. The hip belt can be completely detached, which is extremely practical when wearing a climbing harness on high altitude tours.

  • Main Fabric: 100% Polyester, 210 D Honeycomb Polyurethane coated
  • Contrast fabric: 100% Polyester, 70 D both sides siliconized
  • Lining: 100% Polyester, 200 D Polyurethane coated
  • Weight: 1lb 3oz (15L) 1lb 12oz (25L) 2lb 1oz (35L)
  • MSRP: $84.95 (15L) $99.95 (25L) $114.95 (35L)

Vaude is one of the many brands exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Liberty Mountain. Visit LibertyMountain.com or contact the Liberty Mountain Sales Team to become a Vaude dealer today.

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