Vango Rapide 20 H2O rucksack

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Created with day events or trips in mind, the Vango Rapide 20 H20 rucksack is for cyclists or adventure racers.

If you enjoy longer cycling trips on a road bike or mountain bike, it’s a good idea to have a rucksack for important bits and pieces, such as spare clothing layers, waterproof jacket, puncture repair kit and extra inner tube, snacks and water.

photo 2 (44)A 20l pack is just about the perfect size for shorter trips, up to a day, in the summer months when you don’t need to pack as many spare items.

A two-litre hydration bladder that comes with the Rapide 20 is a useful addition. This sits in its own upright pocket, located behind the padded back.

There are lots of useful features as well, including:

  • AirForce back system offering “contoured foam channels for ventilation”
  • Sternum strap for a secure fit
  • Detachable waist belt for stability when required and the option to remove when not required
  • A zipped main compartment,  as well as two smaller outside zipped pockets
  • Helmet compartment for stowing your helmet when not in use
  • Detachable hi-viz rain cover in the base of the pack
  • Webbing grab handle between the shoulder straps

Vango Vapour 20 rucksack in action

rapide-20-frontThis is a compact and comfortable pack that positions well on your back while cycling. You don’t want a pack that is too high at the shoulders because it can be a nuisance while riding.

I prefer to use a pack with a waistbelt to keep it in place while cycling on rougher terrain but it’s good that the waist-strap can be removed if you prefer not to have it.

I would only use the sternum straps if I was running with the pack, to keep it in a tighter position on my back. This would be useful in events when you might be running and cycling.

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The padded back and lightly padded shoulders offer extra comfort and the ventilation channels work fairly well. On a very hot day and when riding hard I still found my back was quite sweaty but not ridiculously so. In fairness, it’s difficult to have a rucksack back that fits well and doesn’t cause some sweat. The AirForce system goes a long way to aiding a cooler back.

There is enough space in the pack for a summer day trip or for an event that does not require you to pack overnight kit. This is a daypack through and through.

rapide-20-back I also like the separate compartment for the hydration bladder. Too many other rucksacks require a lot of faffing about in the main compartment when refilling the bladder.

The helmet compartment is useful if you use the rucksack, for example, to commute to work or for multi-activity events although, personally, I have never used it. I am either riding my bike and wearing the helmet or at home, where I would put my helmet with all my other bike kit.

Instead, I tend to use this open outside pocket for stowing items such as a waterproof jacket. I like some things to be handy!

Having a rain cover, that is also hi-viz, is a good extra feature. I might use this on darker evenings to make me more visible on my bike, even if it’s not raining. Even in use, the rain cover is attached to the rucksack so you won’t lose it.

All in all this is a well thought-out practical rucksack that is a great size for day bike rides. It’s also well priced at RRP £33.

See Vango for more info.



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