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A new look at the VauDe Splash Air 20+

We’ve been selling the VauDe Splash Air 20+ (£55) for a number of years and sometimes when you get really familiar with a product you can start to take its features for granted and forget how well-considered they are. This thought came to mind when I was preparing one for the window display and caused me to look afresh at what makes this perennial favourite such an award-winning classic.
Firstly it provides a flexible 20+5 litres of carrying capacity, making it the ideal mountain biking day touring pack but also having adequate capacity for general day and hiking use.
Carrying comfort is provided by the fully adjustable shoulder strap adjustment, using VauDe’s F.L.A.S.H system and the airy Aeroflex back panel. Ventilated back panels are offered by nearly every rucksack manufacturer nowadays but in the UK, VauDe were one of the first companies to offer them and their long experience in this field has culminated in a supremely comfortable, well-ventilated pack.

The rucksack is hydration system compatible, so your chosen water reservoir can be readily incorporated and a waterproof rucksack cover is also provided.
The cycling-specific features are discreet and well thought out. Subtle reflective hits help to increase your visibility and the base of the pack has an attachment point for a rear light or strobe. The outer zip pocket has a mesh lined organiser for stashing small bits and pieces like energy gels, tyre levers, puncture kit. Lastly, there is a helmet holder tucked away, ready to be brought into use when you get off your bike and need to carry your helmet around.
Although VauDe is a brand that Out & About has championed for many years, it isn’t familiar to everyone so here’s a bit of background! VauDe is a German company, founded over 30 years ago by Albrecht von Dewitz- his initials giving the company its name VauDe (pronounced [fau’de:]). Their headquarters are in Tettnang amongst the orchards and hop fields of southern Germany, looking across Lake Constance towards the Alps. In addition to ground-breaking technical innovations, such as the first welded seam backpack, VauDe have always pioneered protection of the environment, introducing recycled products long before the idea became mainstream. In the UK they are best known for their rucksacks and tents but in the wider European marketplace they are known for their comprehensive selection of mountain sports equipment and clothing.
The Splash Air 20+ is currently featured in the window displays in our Peebles shop and will be on view until the 27th November. It will continue to be available in store afterwards

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