About Vaude Astra II Backpack - 55+10
Closeouts. Extended tours in the backcountry call for a durable, efficient and comfortable pack, and Vaude's Astra II backpack certainly fits the bill. The Tergolight adjustable suspension allows explorers to customize their fit for maximum performance, and a host of rugged materials combine to combat the elements and resist wear and tear.
Specs about Vaude Astra II Backpack - 55+10
- Adjustable torso: Yes
- Pack material: 210 denier HTmaxi ripstop polyurethane-coated nylon, contrast 600 denier polyurethane-coated polyester
- Frame type: Internal
- Frame material: Aluminum
- Hydration compatible: Yes
- Pack loading: Top with side zipper access
- Ice tool/trekking pole loops: Yes
- Rain cover: Yes
- Recommended use: Backpacking Day or Overnight,Backpacking Weekend,Backpacking Multiday
- Dimensions: 24x12x7"
- Pack capacity: 3970 cu.in.
- Volume liters: 65
- Weight: 4 lb. 14 oz.
- Fits torsos: 20 to 22-1/2"
- Made in China or Vietnam
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Most Helpful 5-Star Review
Reviewed by yehe from Seattle on Friday, August 26, 2016A great pack made by a small German company that knows mountains. (Check them out at http://www.vaude.com/en-FI/home/ )
Hiked Mt Adams with it. It was comfortable right out of the box (I'm 6' tall, slim built and it can fit smaller or bigger folks. Mine was set to L/M)
It can carry a lot of gear for a few days hiking in the backcountry. Has quite a few adjusting straps that are easy to get to, white walking too, and they stay put with no need to re adjust frequently.
Can add more space with an add'l 10L to the main compartment. The top pockets can store a lot too.
When extra space is not in use, the pack feels compact.
Will recommend it in a heart beat and the price is great for what you get.
Shoulder strap material is abrasive, torso sizing device is obtrusive, and shoulder straps are too close together.Reviewed by Gordon from Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, October 16, 2014Pros: +2 stars
Very inexpensive pack for its size. No glaring design problems, would be an ok first pack. Plenty of belts and loops for hanging items. Separate zippered bottom compartment is a nice feature. Pockets are well placed. More compression straps (and strap length) than you'll know what to do with! The fabric is thick and sturdy.
Cons: -3 stars
This pack is not built for a man with a remotely wide neck. I am not a big man (15.5 inch neck), but the shoulder straps dug into the sides of my neck to the point of pain. The straps are simply too close together, and have no ability to spread them wider apart. The torso length sizing device is easy to use and effective, BUT the mechanism is a large lump on the back of the pack. It's slightly padded, but after awhile it begins to dig into your back. The waist belt and shoulder strap material easily collects dirt and sweat, and is very abrasive on bare skin. Plan on wearing a t-shirt (no tank tops). Compared to the name brand packs, the zippers and buckles are cheap and clunky. I wouldn't expect them to last very long. The side pockets will not fit a Nalgene bottle. Little ventilation in the back. Back padding is unnecessarily thick so it traps moisture and heat.
Final thoughts: If you have a small neck and back this pack would make an OK inexpensive first pack.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Julie the cruise director from Kalamazoo, MI on Monday, October 13, 2014Very pleased with this Vaude pack. Not too many pockets that stick out to get caught on things if using it as a carry-on or checked bag for trips, and still has everything you need. More of a chili red than orange. You definitely won't be missed holding this pack. Easy to fit with the STP backpack fitting guide video, and has a couple of pockets on the waist belt which only the nicer packs have, Great quality for the price.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by NC gal from North Carolina on Tuesday, August 12, 2014Besides getting a GREAT deal on this bag, I'm going to use it as my carry on for an upcoming trip and will save an additional $50.00 in baggage fees ! I REFUSE to give the airlines money for my bags and although I have a small suitcase, I didn't think I'd be able to lift it over my head and into the overhead bin on the plane.BINGO ! Use a backpack ! It's lighter than a suitcase with just as much room, even more so, and I can handle it much better. This pack has separate compartments which will help with packing. Can't wait to use it !
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jonny the Biker from Vermont on Thursday, July 24, 2014The Vaude Astra II is a comfortable pack which has ample capacity. It is not an extra-large bag, but it is sufficient to hold a tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, cooking gear, food, hammock and stove for a 3-4 day remote camping trip. I did not need to adjust the belt and shoulder straps, the bag fit me well as-is.
Question & Answer
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“Does this pack have side zippers for external access to main chamber? ”
Yes it does,one on each side. This way you're not packing everything into a big hole that can only be accessed from the top. I'm using it at the moment on a trip and it's great.
It does not have side zippers. It does have a zipper access from the front of the pack that is double zippered with a great Velcro attachment at the top. The side have storage compartments that would stop access. I find this much easier to get in and out of than the side access like my other pack has.
“Do you have a smaller size? i'm not sure the torso will fit”
As far as I know, this IS the smaller size, because I looked at the larger size on Sierra Trading Post.
I'm 5'3" and this fits me great.
I am not sure if you meant to ask me or STP? Mine fits great and it sure seems like it would accommodate a huge array of sizing. I wear a man's XL shirt for reference.
“What is the smallest size waist this pack will fit?”
I have no idea. I am a 40-42 depending on the way I am dressed and really don't know. The padding measures out at 29" and it looks like it would cinch right down to that. I would say a 30" waist would work, but like I say I really am just guessing.
“What type of hydration system is this pack compatible with? Does it have a hydration sleeve inside the main pack or is there an external sleeve? How large of a reservoir will it hold? Is the hydration tube port exit on the left or right side?”
It has a big internal dedicated hydration sleeve with a hanger clip. It comes out on the right hand side which I prefer because I use a trekking pole in my left. I am not sure how large of a bladder it will hold, but my little 2 liter is not close to maxing it out. I would say it will hold a 100 oz. plus easily.
“What are the main differences between this pack and product #5183J (the Vaude Astra I 55+10)?”
The Vaude Astra I is made with 210 denier dobby nylon and 600 denier polyester polyurethane coated.
The Vaude Astra II is made with 420 denier small diamond ripstop nylon polyurethane coated, 600 denier polyester polyurethane coated, 500 denier Cordura® nylon polyurethane coated.
“Does this backpack have a drawstring top closure or does it have the standard luggage zipper closure that I could put a lock on? I need a backpack that I can lock up.”
It is not a zip to closure.