Vaude Bike Park 16 backpack review£60.00

Tough, versatile pack

BikeRadar score3/5

There are loads of riding bags available, but this seriously tough sack from Vaude is definitely one of the better ones.

For a start, the 600D polyester fabric looks as good now as it did when we started using it several months ago. There are two side pockets for bottles, a couple of internal dividers for the two main pockets and plenty of straps for body armour. There’s an mp3 player pocket too, and a bigger 24 litre version is available as well.

Either way its stable when it’s fully loaded thanks to the padded waist strap and a sternum strap. The stiff backpiece means stuff doesn’t dig into your back. It’s expensive considering you don’t get a bladder though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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