Interbike 2011: Vaude go green, get rad
Also at US distributors Magura Direct’s Interbike booth this year were Vaude bags. As someone who still hasn’t bested the 10 year old Vaude Splash that I use for commuting daily, it’s safe to say that I’m a fan. Recent mountain bike hall of fame inductee (and product developer, brand representative, and really nice person) Ruthie Matthes walked us through the line. Hit the jump! or else.
A family-owned company, Vaude are making a push to reduce the environmental impact of their products, going so far as to earn the respected Bluesign certification based on a cradle-to-grave analysis of some of their newer bags. The first is the expandable Gravit 10+3. The Gravit is a technical mountain pack which incorporates adjustable FLASH shoulder straps, a 10-13L capacity, and the rain cover required of every bag designed in Germany. Also available in black for us introverts. The $169 price reflects a slight premium for the materials used.
Also cool was the freeride-oriented Northshore 20. The more aggressive bag has moldable aluminum stays to allow for increased ventilation and comfort, plenty of lash points for helmets and armor, a soft electronics pocket with cable routing, some really neat hardware, and a rain cover. This $129 pack looked as though it could easily do double duty on the trail and in more casual settings and will probably win over riders who’ve never considered the brand.