The choice of materials is the most important thing about our bike bags. We make absolutely sure that we use the right material in the right place to ensure optimum functionality – with guaranteed environmentally friendly manufacturing.
The use of panniers places different demands on the products and the materials used. The primary focus for biking is on weather protection and durability as well as easy care and maintenance.
Durability is the most important feature of a product for maximum enjoyment of outdoor adventures in nature. A pannier faces long-term exposure to heavy loads. It is indispensable, for example, to subject the materials used to a large number of durability tests in advance in order to guarantee the reliability of the product.
Materials and products are extensively tested at our own in-house test laboratory. The Martindale test measures abrasion. A piece of fabric is subjected to intensive friction for several hours in order to simulate the signs of wear of several years in a short time period. We can then see whether the material will function without problems even after years of intensive use.
Environmental protection and sustainability are vitally important issues for us. At VAUDE, for example, we are increasing our use of renewable raw materials for our products and are using more and more biobased synthetic materials (e.g. bioplastics). Our production is subject to strict external controls. Further information on bioplastics can be found in our sustainability report.
When you’re out biking, you cover a lot of different types of terrain and encounter a lot of different types of weather. You’re bound to get wet and dirty at some point. Panniers have to offer reliable protection, even under unfavorable conditions. After all, nobody wants to find their change of clothes, food, wallet or phone soaked or damaged.
All VAUDE panniers are made of waterproof materials. Depending on their intended use, the surfaces are siliconized or made from PVC-free tarpaulin. If you would like to learn more about PVC, check out our page on PVC-free materials in our Sustainability Report :
Water and moisture can penetrate the seams of sewn products. However, our products with welded seams guarantee perfect watertightness. These include 100 % of all bags and backpacks that we manufacture here in Germany at our company location in Obereisenbach.
Fluorocarbons (PFC) are often used to protect surfaces from moisture and dirt. These man-made compounds are suspected to be hazardous to health.
At VAUDE we have completely eliminated the use of fluorocarbons in our products. Instead, an impregnation is used that is environmentally friendly, 100 % PFC-free and still allows water and dirt to bead up and roll off. The name: Eco Finish.
Bei VAUDE verzichten wir komplett auf den Einsatz von Fluorcarbonen in unseren Produkten. Stattdessen kommt eine Imprägnierung zum Einsatz, die umweltfreundlich ist, komplett auf PFC verzichtet und trotzdem Wasser und Schmutz abperlen lässt. Der Name: Eco Finish.
Tip: To protect sewn bags and their contents, such as a wallet or phone from moisture, you can easily add a rain cover. A suitable rain cover is automatically supplied with all VAUDE panniers that are not 100 % waterproof.
We have made it our business to constantly reduce our own ecological footprint – to minimize resource consumption and to recycle existing materials. We are therefore increasingly using recycled materials in our panniers in order to conserve resources and avoid waste. You can recognize products made of recycled materials by this label: