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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Vaude Versametric Ultralight 60+10 Review

Vaude created a simple, no-frills pack high on stability with the Versametric Ultralight 60+10.

by: Steve Howe

Vaude Versametric Ultralight 60+10 (www.sethhughes.com)
Vaude Versametric Ultralight 60+10 (www.sethhughes.com)

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This pack amazed testers with its super-stable carry and 100-percent load transfer. The trick? A rigid polycarbonate external framesheet and a hipbelt that pivots off an A-frame bolted to the bombproof backpanel. The shoulder harness yoke attaches to that same backpanel with a torso adjustment rail that makes fitting a snap and totally kills harness sway. The pivoting hipbelt made for excellent freedom of motion and leg flexibility when testers climbed Class II-III gullies on the east face of Flattop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.

In contrast to the sophisticated suspension, the packbag is simple, just a single-compartment top-loader with a vertical front-access zipper. The two-compartment top lid raises, lowers, and detaches with a ski-boot style ratchet system that works great for cinching down oversized loads. Other than that, there are no hipbelt pouches, wand pockets, hydration ports, or other frills.

The torso length adjusts super short, but lack of head clearance against the frame makes this unisex pack best for hikers with torsos longer than 18 inches. $300; 4,270 cu. in.; 5 lbs. 5 oz. Vaude.com

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"Ultralight"?!?!
Feb 11, 2011

Ultralight? You stupid people at Vaude!My commercial, off-the-shelf 72-liter pack weighs 2 lbs. I say "commercial, off-the-shelf" because I'm talking about something I can buy pre-made, not from some ultralight cottage industry folks, not something I've assembled. (I'll refrain from mentioning the exact product in case it's an issue, but I'll just say that when I "go lite" the bag is certainly the "pinnacle" of the available options.) With 3 lbs, 5 ozs of difference, I can toss my tent and 30F sleeping bag and still be under the Vaude's weight. Ugh!

Josh
Aug 22, 2010

Good lord, light weight!? are you kidding me? 5 1/2 pounds! good luck with that! suckers.

Will
Jun 14, 2010

My Arcteryx Arrakis weighs less and is virtually waterproof!
Ultralight means less than 3 pounds!

Xtc
Feb 23, 2010

I own this pack. This pack eats everything I put in it. I had a Gregory Triconi 60 and I always had to pack very carefully or leave something behind.

4bears
Apr 30, 2009

How can any manufacturer call a pack that weighs nearly 5 and a half pounds ultralight. My tent, sleeping bag and pad barely weigh more than that.

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