Vaude Hyper Air 14+3 Review

Hydration Pro Reviews

The reservoir bag is made by Source Vagabond Systems, and is called the Widepack, and it’s pretty trick. The Widepak closure is a variant of a river runner dry bag closure system, and is durable and leakproof. Just slide the top bar off the reservoir, fold open the bag, clean or fill as needed, then fold over and slide it back on. Source was founded in 1989 and manufactures in Haifa District in Israel, where they make hydration systems, adventure sandals and travel accessories. Besides the excellent opening system, the reservoir has the Z-Valve silicone mouth piece, Grunge-Guard (an anti-microbial treatment) and the Glass-Like surface (1000% smoother than other PU films) which prevents a bio-film build up. Which means no funk or slime buildup inside the reservoir, so water will remain fresh for a longer period of time.

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The reservoir sits in a large pocket within the main compartment, so it’s not separated in another compartment like most brands. It certainly makes it easier to pull the bag out for filling and cleaning. Hanging off the back by the reservoir is a small coin bag, kind of a neat little zippered pouch for tiny items. The main compartment is nice and large, and the 2 zippers can be snapped together to prevent accidental opening. I must admit that I broke the snaps after a couple of weeks, so it really needs to be beefed up to be useful?

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The front has 2 small pockets, the upper one being slightly larger with 2 elastic slots to hold tools and stuff, while the lower one would be for smaller items. There are also 2 side elastic mesh pouches, for sundry items. I do wish the main compartment had pockets, as this greatly helps in organizing gear.

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The very bottom of the pack has a zippered compartment that holds a rain cover for the pack, which is a totally trick item! During rain storms, I get protected by wearing a jacket, but the poor pack gets drenched and water creeps slowly in and items get wet.

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There is a detectable helmet net that clips onto the front of the bag, which should also be good for apparel items, etc. The loops for the helmet can be used to clip on elastic cords, and along with some very beefy red loops on the inner sides, and the top carrying strap, an assortment of attachment options can be used.

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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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