Vaude's Zerum 48L pack is less than 1.1kg (without the top lid), it has a substantial adjustable harness and a full range of well thought out features that will appeal to backpackers.
Carefree traveling: extremely lightweight trekking backpack for trips where every gram counts. Our lighter mid-volume backpack for trekkers and journeys weighs less than 1200 g. It is made of lightweight, rip-stop siliconized 70D ripstop and a rugged 200D material at the bottom and the sides. The weight-optimized Tergolight suspension system can be adjusted individually to the back length and provides a good fit and high wearing comfort.
The height-adjustable lid offers storage space for things that need to quickly accessible and is completely detachable. Underneath lies a cover that can close and compress the main compartment when the lid is detached. The lid can also be used separately as a lumbar pack. Side straps and a user-friendly packsack under the lid make it largely compressible. The front compartment with breathable mesh inserts is also particularly suitable for wet items like raincoat or rainfly because moisture can evaporate. Everything that should be easily accessible, can be stowed in the side, large-volume, stretch mesh pockets. Even a drink bottle or cap can be quickly accessed, without taking off the pack. A versatile, very strong cord serves as a functional option for attaching trekking poles and additional gear.
As an essential part of the "Big Three", this tour backpack is ideal for lightweight trekking and backpacking in combination with our lightest tents and sleeping systems. To protect the environment, the textile primary materials feature resource conserving and eco-friendly manufacturing in accordance with the strict bluesign® standard.
Vaude's Zerum 48+8 Litre LW Rucksack is firmly in the ultralight category for a backpacking rucksack, just how good it is depends on the quality of the harness system and whether it has the right features for backpacking. First impression is that there's little compromise in the the harness, it has a good lumbar pad and sufficiently padded hip fins to ensure it fits snugly round your hips. It has a framesheet which is very still laterally (if a bit bendy across the back) that transfers the load well to the hips.
Feature-wise we are amazed at how much Vaude have built into this pack, for comparison we've quoted the weight without the top pocket/lid because in this category the other packs we stock don't have the top lid either, and besides if you do decide to leave the lid at home there's a secondary simple lid that keeps the rain out - so the weight quoted gives a better comparison to our other lightweight packs.
There's a large front pocket accessed by a vertical zip - this has some stretch mesh strips down the sides to give it some volume, it's an ideal pocket for a wet flysheet or waterproofs and the fact that it isn't all mesh gives it durability, although it also compromises its flexibility as well.
The side pockets are well thought out with one useful for stuffing small items and the other with an opening angled for easy access while carrying the pack. The open pocket would benefit by some sort of cinch mechanism to keep the contents safe. There's a single hip belt pocket (I prefer one on each side), for storage of small items.
We did find an issue with the load lifter straps which are fixed to the top point of the frame - if you are quite tall - say 6ft - this is fine but for a shorter person these straps are set too high - they still work but only 'after a fashion', the issue is enough for us to say that this pack is probably not suitable for short people.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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