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Vaude Brenta 30 Pack | Review

A practical daypack that delivers great carrying comfort and ample airflow, made with sustainability in mind

Why We Chose It: Comfortable, practical, great ventilation, eco-friendly

The search for the perfect daypack has consumed us for years here at Outdoors Magic. We’ve tested some brilliant offerings, but it’s fair to say that there have also been many false grails – clever and innovative packs that have been let down by annoying quirks and niggles, or otherwise brilliant packs that are just a fraction too heavy, too expensive or too fragile.

Vaude’s Brenta 30 may not quite be the ultimate daypack, but it’s pretty damn close. In terms of carrying comfort, back ventilation and practicality it ticks every box. Commendably, it achieves all this by also being a more sustainable product than many of its rivals, incorporating recycled fabrics and a PFC-free water repellent finish.

What Is The Brenta 30 Best Suited To?

The brand describes it as ‘a sporty hiking backpack for demanding day trips’, and to be fair that just about sums it up. It’s a comfortable and capable gear-hauler with a roomy 30 litres of volume, which ought to give you all the carrying capacity you’re likely to need for three-season hiking and hillwalking. Plenty of practical pockets also give you quick and easy access to your kit on the go.

OM tester Sarah with the Vaude Brenta in Snowdonia. Photos: Chris Johnson

Eco Credentials

The Brenta 30 is partly made from polyester that includes fibres from recycled PET plastic bottles. The bottles are collected, cleaned, melted down and processed into high-quality yarn, which conserves both resources and energy compared to manufacturing virgin polyester.

“It’s PFC-free and incorporates recycled polyester.”

The pack also features Vaude’s water repellent Eco Finish. Applied to the face fabric of the product, it uses no environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFCs). As such, this pack carries the Vaude Green Shape label, which stands for environmentally-friendly, functional products made from sustainable materials.

Construction and Performance

The Brenta 30 has an adjustable back system to deliver a precise fit, with ergonomically sculpted shoulder straps to alleviate pressure points. The suspended back panel holds the load slightly away from the body, improving airflow and ventilation. That’s a real bonus if you’re pounding out the miles on long, sweaty summit-bagging days with lots of punishing ascent.

Other design elements are similarly well-considered. At first glance, the fixed, double-buckle lid looks fairly standard, but the addition of a front J-zip also gives you fast access to the main compartment, which is a nice touch. The front stretch pocket is great for stashing a waterproof jacket. Side compression straps keep the load stable, and twin stretch side pockets will accommodate water bottles. These can be accessed from the side, without needing to take the pack off. The main compartment has a hydration sleeve and an exit port for a water bladder and drinking tube. There is also an attachment point for trekking poles, inner and outer lid pockets, padded hip wings with one zip pocket, a mobile phone stash pocket, a top compression strap, a chest strap with a drinking tube clip and an integrated, detachable raincover, stored in a separate compartment.

In terms of construction, the main fabric is a 300-denier blend of nylon and polyester, which is PU-coated for added durability. The contrast fabric is 600-denier polyester, which incorporates 50% recycled fibres, also PU-coated. The lining and rain cover are made from coated nylon. So, all in all, it’s a reasonably tough pack. At £120 and weighing in at 1150g, it’s neither the cheapest nor the lightest daypack around, but then, nor is it ridiculously expensive or outrageously heavy.


With an array of features, the Brenta 30 ought to satisfy even the most demanding hillwalker, so this 30-litre daypack is well adapted for hill and mountain days, as well as easier hikes. The ventilated back panel and adjustable harness deliver good carrying comfort, ensuring that even if you’re struggling uphill you won’t end up with a sweaty, sticky back.

We also like the fact that in terms of construction, this pack is PFC-free and incorporates recycled polyester. Kind to the planet, and kind to your back too.

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