Vaucluse Backpack Ventilation Gear was founded on one simple premise - it's almost impossible not to sweat when wearing a backpack. Consistent with this same thought, it's almost impossible to find gear from a company that you can enjoy wearing - a brand that's an extension of you rather than the other way around.

In our quality and commitment to American-made products, it's our hope that you will wear Vaucluse gear with a quiet, confident sense of pride. You have finally found the gear that helps you sweat less when backpacking, and it's from a USA company.

You might not tell everyone you know about Vaucluse Gear, but you might tell your best friend or hiking group... simply because they deserve to know.

Thank you for buying into our dream of building an authentic American gear company that solves a simple problem: how to sweat less when backpacking.


Brice Sokolowski
President - Vaucluse Backpack Ventilation Gear


Vaucluse Gear is designed by Brice Sokolowski in the heart of the Arizona valley. He focuses on creating functional ultralight gear that improves your backpacking experience.
Brice has been backpacking for over 20 years, having travelled across North America, Europe, and Asia. One day, tired of being uncomfortable with a sweaty back, Brice took to pen and paper, sketching solution to maximize ventilation without adding additional weight. He prototyped his first frame using a 3D printer and quickly saw the potential. Brice now works full-time on gear development that offers adventures better airflow and performance.

Backpack Airflow Spacer System Cooler Sweat Less
Airflow Backpack Evaporate Sweat


Vaucluse Backpack Ventilation Gear is named after the Vaucluse region in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in southeast France. Yes, we are an American company with a French name! Our founder, Brice Sokolowski, enjoyed many hot (and sweaty) summers in the region during his childhood.

The Vaucluse is a crown jewel of French nature and is famous for its landscapes, lavender fields, honey, and wine. The region is rife with rugged mountain terrain and breathtaking views and enjoys more than 300 days of sun each year - with all that sun comes a lot of sweat! Enjoying the Vaucluse is a year-round activity, so we wanted to enjoy the region more by improving a backpack's airflow and ventilation - which we now can!

A portion of the profit from every sale is donated to bee farming, and trail upkeep organizations in the Vaucluse region and across the United States.

All Vaucluse products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

Dentelles de Montmirail Provence

Pictured: The Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux located in the heart of the Vaucluse.


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