2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on

Enter Zip Code

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 (
Vaude Versametric Ultralight 60+10 (

Gear Guide 2009: More Weeklong Packs
Search through our extensive library for more reviews.

Supreme Stability
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.

gear finder

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Address 1:
Address 2:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -


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!

Aug 22, 2010

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

Jun 14, 2010

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

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.

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.


Your rating:
Your Name:


My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
How ISIS got rich
Posted On: Aug 21, 2014
Submitted By: Drift Woody
Trailhead Register
Stick is fine
Posted On: Aug 21, 2014
Submitted By: leafwalker

View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions