Vaude Moab 12 backpack

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This great MTB rucksack is loaded with features.

When you’re hurtling around the back country trails on your mountain bike, you need to be prepared. Whether it’s a snack, a first aid kit or a spare inner tube and tools, this compact backpack has space for all these and more.

Features

• 12litre capacity
• Lightweight, just 1200g
• Hydration compatible
• Helmet compartment

On test

Vaude-1My first impressions were that I loved the bright green (grasshopper) colour of the pack, and its zingy contrasting orange zips. There are other items in the Vaude Moab MTB range that match, including shorts, a jacket and even shoes in this eye-catching shade of green! Other colours are available…

I have never been a fan of wearing a rucksack while cycling, but that’s because I mainly cycle on the road, when you need to see behind you. On the trails, that’s less important, and this low-profile pack feels barely there when you’re riding.

The fit is snug to your back, but there are channelled cushions to help airflow, and stop you sweating too much. I wore this pack on the Selkirk MTB Marathon, and although I was working hard, my back never felt soaking wet. Rather than having a metal frame like some bigger rucksacks, the Moab keeps its rigidity by having a plastic strengthener within the pack, which stops it flopping, and keeps it closer to your body.

vaude-fullI carried waterproofs, tools and snacks with me, and the pack did feel full – so if you are planning a longer journey and need to carry more, then you might want to upgrade to the 20l pack.

The main compartment is pretty roomy, opens wide, and has a stretchy pocket to separate items or for a hydration bladder. There’s a gap at the top of the pack to put the tube through and a Velcro fastener inside to hold it in place. There’s a key fob in this area too, so you don’t have to rummage for them.

The front pocket has a Velcro fastener to hold a mini bike pump upright, so you can find it easily, a mesh pocket and a couple of other pockets, one soft-lined so you could store sunglasses there without scratching them.

vaude-3The stretch compartment on the outside fits a helmet, which is great if you’re carrying a spare, or just for storing after your ride. There are decent stretch pockets at the sides, too, for water bottles or shin guards. Compression straps make sure nothing will rattle around once you’re on the move.

All your tools can be stored in the bottom compartment, which has a zip that pop-studs together so you don’t leave them behind on the trail. A neat, zipped pocket below conceals the (orange) raincover, which is clipped on so it won’t blow away. There’s even a little loop on the back for fixing an LED light, which is a nice touch.

vaude-2The shoulder straps are heavily perforated – for ventilation and flexibility. They don’t feel flimsy, though, and they’re covered with mesh to protect from snagging. There’s an elasticated strap for your hydration tube, and good reflective strips.

The hip belt has reflective detail, too, and just the one stretchy pocket on the right-hand side, big enough to take a phone or GPS.

Made of great quality rip-stop nylon, the pack feels really well made and of a high quality. There are two sizes in the range – this 12l and a slightly bigger 20l.

Expect to pay around £80. See Vaude for more information.

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