A relative newcomer to the outdoor scene in the Philippines, Vaude is offering a wide range of bags that cater to a wide range of outdoorsmen. I’ve had the opportunity to try out some of their offerings in recent months and I would like to share my initial thoughts.
The Vaude Minimalist 25 daypack stakes its claim on being “minimalist”, and at less than 800g, think it succeeds – it is much lighter than the Deuter bags of the same volume that are usually available in the Philippines (in fairness to Deuter, its Pace 26 is comparable at 830g, but it’s not available here). I like the fact that it has a top loader, which is for me is convenient for putting essential items like headlamps, a bandana, etc.
One thing that people might look for are mesh sides where you can put your water bottles – but given its minimalist approach, this is a detail that I’ll forego. The drawcords and gear loops are always helpful to customise the shape of the bag a bit depending on what’s inside, and to attach trekking poles.
Most other brands have a similar offering, but so far I am impressed by the no-nonsense comfort of the Vaude daypacks. Unlike Ospreys, Vaude has a characteristic simplicity which makes sense for the outdoors. I will have to see for myself what its other bags – including overnight packs – can offer.