Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:45

Vango Ventis Air 25 tested and reviewed

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Vango's Ventis Air 25 is a day sized Jack-of-all-trades, designed for multi activities and packing an impressive feature list into a small size.

What Vango Say:

The Ventis Air is ideal for the active user, including skiers, cyclists, runners and day walkers. This rucksack featuring Vango’s X-Air back system allows warm air to flow away from the body by keeping the rucksack away from the back therefore increasing comfort. Packed with handy features including a detachable high visibility rain cover, hydration compatibility so a water bladder can be used and an ergonomic hip belt with zipped pockets for small items, this daysack will suit all adventures.

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Weight: 1.1kg
Dimensions: L 25.0 x H 52.0 x W 34.0cm
Volume: 25L
Back system: Fixed
Colours: Black, Blue or Grey

Features:

  • AirMesh on rucksack straps - Allows air to flow, keeping the user cool
  • Detachable rain cover - included in the base of the pack to keep pack dry and aid visibility in low light
  • Duraflex components - Strong and reliable
  • Ergonomic hip belt with zipped pockets - Shaped for comfort with quick, convenient storage of small items
  • Excel® 420D Honeycomb Polyester - offers great strength to weight ratio
  • Front stash pocket - Store items for quick access
  • Webbing grab handle between shoulder straps
  • Compatible with most hydration reservoirs
  • Pro-weave side pockets - Constructed from highly durable, yet extremely flexible material. Pockets sit flush with the pack when empty. Allows easy access to essential items
  • Reflective points - Aids visibility in poor weather and low light conditions
  • Side Compression Straps - to secure your load
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle - Provides a secure fit with an easy to reach whistle for safety
  • X-Air back system - Lightweight wire-frame supports a mesh back holding the pack away from the users body for enhanced ventilation
  • Zip access to main compartment - Provides quick access to pack contents

On test with Matt Holland:

I’ve been using the Ventis 25 on and off since summer 2016 and as you can see its now some what customised. At first I thought it might be a bit over the top to use this as my day-pack since I work in an office and drive to and from said office but since taking over as the in house photographer and more trips out I can just leave everything in this bag and not worry if I have forgotten something.

This bag is light weight and very comfortable on the back and shoulders at full weight as well as uneven weights, regularly carrying large tripods strapped on to the back. 25 litres is plenty of space for a day in the hills and forests of Berkshire and the Chilterns with enough space for a camera, several lens, extra jackets, food and water.

However removing the camera kit you could happily fit emergency shelter and more to accommodate for winter needs. What I find very handy about the Ventis is its expandable section on the outside, allowing me to slide a waterproof jacket, gloves or wet gear, keeping the wet items outside and the valuables and dry kit inside without a worry.

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There is a smaller pocket on the top which is good for keys, phones, batteries etc.
You could fit a small laptop or tablet along the back plate in replacement for the hydration pack. Now I’m not a walking pole fan but if you are there are loops on the back to carry these or you can tie on extra kit like I typically do, the bag itself is very comfortable to throw over your shoulder and is accessible without needing to put the bag on the floor, making it handy for on the go. In addition its a good bag for changing environments with the built in waterproof liner and protective weaving.

The side pockets on the back are big enough to fit a 2 litre bottle of water and you have the added H20 system inside the bag *Hydration pack not supplied*. Round to the front the shoulder straps have handy elastic straps which I find a few carabineers attached allows me to strap items to the front – Camera, map, compass or water bottle when I need my hands free.

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The hip belts have added zip pockets which are a little small if I’m honest but you can still fit small bags of nuts, fruit and sweets so you have them straight to hand. The belt although helpful could do with some more padding for extra padding when wearing lighter layers in summer, during winter however with thicker jackets you don’t notice.

The back system:
The X-Air system allows warm air to flow along the body and keeps the rucksack away from the back increasing comfort. It has a mesh liner with foam padding on the back panel. At full load this bag continues to be comfortable and I have over loaded the bag past and continued to go all day. However this will be different for others so keeping it around the 15 litre mark for extra comfort.

When working harder, the heat will of course build up but I’ve found with the X-Air system keeps my back from getting cold when you stop but keeps me warm yet comfortable, with a light weight fleece when climbing up hill or cycling, heat and sweating isn't an issue from what I have found.

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Personally I really enjoy this bag for its versatility, capable of mountain work, cycling, hiking and just as general all purpose day pack to carry my camera kit, this is an ideal size for commuter use and light over-night trips, my only comment is the straps and hip belts could do with a little more padding for added comfort but several months on, it clearly hasn’t been a problem.

I feel the main benefit of the Ventis Air 25 will be its X-Air system and body shape. It is ideal for cyclists for added aerodynamic form or even when running. The bag is showing very little wear and mine has had the added bonus of pins and badges sewn on for added personalization which hasn't resulted in leaks or issues in poor weather, more interested passerbys admiring.