The Trail Spacer 8 won an ISPO Gold award in 2018. The Trail Spacer 18 carries up to 18 litres and its back panel is 4cm longer than the smaller version. It is available to buy in the UK from Spring 2019.
VAUDE is the first outdoor sports brand to use an innovative 3D-knit construction for the back of a rucksack. In conjunction with one of Germany’s leading textile universities, a globally unparalleled manufacturing process was developed to provide an incomparable fit for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking and trail running.
These days, modern textile production doesn’t have much in common with old fashioned knitting. However, this state-of-the-art technology uses computer-controlled knitting machines which can produce even the most complicated types of mesh and patterns. The idea of a 3-dimensional knit suspension system for backpacks was created at VAUDE’s research department in southern Germany.
The perfect companion for long, fast-paced tours
The 3D knit construction is a world first and enables VAUDE to create completely new designs for the back panel. Using 3D knit enables VAUDE to take into account different pressure zones in the back area and even out the pack’s pressure distribution. It really is an incredible piece of kit.
The new suspension system, the Vent-Tex Spacerknit, is seamlessly knitted from three yarns with individualized rigidity zones. The 3D-knit construction continues throughout the shoulders into the straps and allows the pack to be “worn” like a vest. The manufacturing process is very resource-efficient — the back section does not contain foam and is directly manufactured in southern Germany. In addition, there are no residual materials left over during the production process.
Maximum comfort — put it on and forget it’s there
The Trail Spacer backpack has a volume of 18 litres and weighs a mere 530 grams and offers outdoor enthusiasts a whole range of functional advantages with its Vent-Tex Spacerknit construction. The seamless knit back has individual rigidity zones for optimum pressure distribution with flexibility that is perfectly tailored to both your torso and shoulders. The backpack rides snugly against your back and close to your center of gravity, whether you’re bent over in a biking posture or standing straight and hiking with trekking poles. Thanks to a practical one-hand operation cord system, the main compartment can always be tightly packed and even readjusted while running. The elastic 3D-knit construction creates continuous ventilation with better air circulation than any other body-contact suspension system. The vest-like suspension system offers perfect support, comfort and ventilation for high-motion sports such as trail running, mountain biking, fast hiking, cross-country skiing or ski touring.
Space for everything
In addition to the 18-litre main compartment, the straps also feature various storage and slide-in compartments that provide space for gels, a protein bar, phone, MP3 player or water bottle. Two large side stretch pockets can store items that need to be close at hand when you’re on the go. A wet rain jacket can be attached to the front pocket and the backpack is also hydration system compatible.