Material usage is of the utmost importance in our backpacks. 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 hiking packs places a variety of demands on the products and the materials used. With our backpacks for hiking and climbing, the main focus is on fit, stability and comfort.
VAUDE materials meet high standards for both thread diameter (unit: denier) and thread count (unit: T = thread). You can quickly estimate how robust and heavy a material is on the basis of these two key figures. This means, for example, that for a material with the specification “40D polyamide ripstop 240T”, the thread used in the product weighs exactly 40 grams (40 denier) at a length of 9,000 meters and 240 threads per square centimeter are woven in the material. The thicker the thread, the higher the denier value; the higher the number of threads processed (thread count), the more durable the material.
As our products need to be able to withstand years of hard use, we test all of the materials that go into making them. This is the only way to guarantee that they’ll stand up to the real life conditions of your outdoor adventures.
Materials and products are extensively tested at our own in-house test laboratory. The Martindale test measures abrasion resistance. 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 continue to function even after years of intensive use.
Protecting your belongings plays an important role in our product design. When it comes right down to it, your pack has got to protect the things that you’ll urgently need throughout the day, and you’re not going to want to be surprised by wet apparel, food, money or electronics.
All VAUDE backpacks are made from durable materials. Backpacks with conventional workmanship have perforated seams, so water and moisture can penetrate the seams of these sewn products.
To protect a sewn backpack and its contents, such as a wallet or phone, from moisture, you can simply use a rain cover or a waterproof packsack. You can also purchase a rain cover as an accessory when it’s not included with your pack.
Whether you’re in the mountains or just out and about, the weather can always turn wet and nasty. Hiking packs have to offer versatile protection even under adverse conditions. Normally this means using fluorocarbons (PFC) in order to make the outer surface waterproof and dirt repellent. These man-made compounds are suspected of being hazardous to one’s 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 yet still causes water and dirt to bead up and roll off. It’s called: Eco Finish.
We take advantage of internal synergies at VAUDE and work together with the team from our tent department to develop new finishes. The result of this collaboration is a very robust, durable yet thin, ultra lightweight material with a silicone coating that is predominantly waterproof. We use it for our lightweight backpacks (exception: seams).
We have made it our business to constantly reduce our own ecological footprint – to minimize resource consumption and to recycle existing materials. We are increasing the use of recycled materials in our backpacks to help us conserve resources and avoid waste. You can recognize products made of recycled materials by this label:
Further information on the subject of recycling can be found in our Sustainability Report.
TRIMS & PARTS
High quality gear can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your adventures. VAUDE supports you with products of the highest quality – nothing is left to chance.
Some of these special features are high-quality buckles and fasteners from Duraflex or zips from the market leader YKK. Components from these partners guarantee perfect functionality, even under the most adverse conditions.
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 have been successful in finding new, biobased synthetic materials such as bioplastics. Our production is subject to strict external monitoring.
Additional information on the subject of bioplastics can be found in our Sustainability Report.