Vaude Hyper Air 14+3 Review

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

Eons ago I recall seeing a Vaude (pronounced ‘Vhod’) tent at a local specialty shop, and I was highly impressed with its craftsmanship, innovation and functionality. Recently, Magura USA picked up the distribution for Vaude in the US for the bike related items, and they were kind enough to pass along the Vaude Hyper Air 14+3 hydration pack for a test. The pack has plenty of innovations, designs and features, including an incredible back panel system and water reservoir. The pack has been comfortable with excellent ventilation, and has proven to be a great hydration pack for mountain biking.

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Vaude
Vaude is headquartered in Obereisenbach, which is near Lake Constance in Southern Germany. The family owned business makes outdoor recreational gear and clothing, including apparel, shoes, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, panniers and accessories. Their subsidiary Edelrid, makes mountaineering and rock climbing gear, including carabiners, crampons, picks, harnesses, ropes, and helmets. Vaude is a strong proponent of responsibility, in both environmental and social commitment in their business practices and manufacturing processes.

Hyper Air 14+3
The Vaude Hyper Air 14+3, in which the 14+3 refers to a 14 liter carrying capacity, with additional 3 liters expansion (via a zippered bellow), comes with a 3 liter reservoir bag and a plethora of features. The pack is made with a coated 210 denier mini ripstop polyester fabric, for lightweight (955 grams/2.10 lbs.) and durability, and comes in Black/Anthracite (as tested), Black/Sap Green and Red/Anthracite.

The most obvious feature when examining the Hyper Air 14+3 is the Aeroflex back system, which uses a mesh panel and lightweight steel spring frame to hold the body of the pack away from your back. The system bows the pack out away from the mesh panel, offering excellent suspension, ventilation and breathability, so no more sweaty back due to the pack.

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Hidden behind the mesh, is Vaude’s FLASH (Floating Length Adjustable Shoulder Harness) system so you can dial in the fit by adjusting the length of the padded shoulder strap sections. This system allows a large degree of adjustability for any torso length, so the pack fits better, and has improved weight and load distribution. By simply resetting the Velcro strip at the bottom of the FLASH system, you can lengthen or shorten the padded shoulder straps.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Varaxis says:

    It looks kind of like my Deuter hydration pack (Race Air Lite) with the suspension back and source reservoir. The Deuter is a bit more techologically advanced and the straps are mesh (padding not necessary since the pack is small and won’t carry a lot of weight anyways) to further minimize sweat lines from the pack. The valve has a twist lock for on/off and a cap as well. It has a sternum buckle strap and a waist buckle strap. It’s also shaped a bit better at the top in case you have to duck under overhangs so it’s less likely to catch and rip.

    Looking at this is reassuring. I researched a lot before choosing my Deuter and was surprised to see another brand using the suspension back. The last time I saw it was on a Trek branded one. Also, I paid only $40 + S/H for my Deuter from Chainlove. The only downside is the lemon yellow and grey color not really matching with anything I have, which I overlook considering the price and features.

  • agmtb says:

    I have a 10 year old Vaude and the back system helps a lot in summer works great. These are cooler than a Camelbak and very similar to Deuter. Camelbak has more compartments.

  • Paul Cedeno says:

    I just recently got the 2010 vaude cluster air 10+3 and have to say i am completely happy with it. Its light , cool , carries enough for an epic 6-8 hr ride , the adjustbility of the straps is great. I have been needing a hydration pack for a while and think this pack was a great buy.

  • Abe says:

    I take it back. My earlier review is incorrect. After buying this pack it is more comfortable than the Deuter. It’s the best pack I have tried. Perfect size for mountian biking and with the expansion perfect for winter riding, too. Lighter than Osprey.

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