I brought my Gregory 40L pack on an 8-mile hike through the Greenbelt just southwest of Austin, Texas. The pack is much bigger than what is needed for a day hike, but I wanted to put it to the test with the Cool-Dry Frame.

I strapped on my Cool-Dry Frame onto my backpack.

We started at 8 AM just after sunrise. The weather started in the 40s, and I was wearing a pullover on the first hour.

As the sun came out, the weather started picking up, creeping into the 60s. I took off my pullover and enjoyed the rest of the sunny hike in my t-shirt.

The humidity stayed low again, for which I was thankful. Overall, I stayed dry on this hike, even with a pullover and t-shirt at the beginning. 

By nature, I sweat a lot. The Cool-Dry Frame allowed the cool breeze to hit my back, which made the difference (see images below).  

Part 1 of 4: Weather Check

The temperature started in the 40s and picked up each hour. As you can see from the screenshot, the temperature quickly picked up by 9 AM and just kept going up. That is why I no longer needed my pullover.

Full Weather Report: Wunderground.com

Part 2 of 4: Hike Check

This week I remembered to turn on my Strava app at the beginning of the hike. I hike with the Austin Sierra Club, which gathers a good group of hiking enthusiasts.

We hike at a comfortable pace of 22 minutes per mile. There are several curves and hills throughout the trail.

I am using the Strava app. You can review the hike here.

Part 3 of 4: Sweat Check

My back was damp but not sweaty with my 40L Gregory backpack. Yes, it's a big pack for a day hike, but I wanted to put my frame to the test. I started with a pullover. As the weather warmed up, I took it off. 

As the weather warmed up, I climbed up one hill where my heart rate picked up, and I could feel my body temperature also rise. My Cool-Dry Frame was comfortable on my back, and I could feel the cool breeze on my back. It made the hike much more enjoyable.

To check out more images of my hike, visit my Instagram account @vauclusegear.

Part 4 of 4: Back Check

The verdict: Damp but definitely not soaked as it normally would be with a big 40L on me.

The Cool-Dry Frame by Vaucluse Gear

It's your best way to stay cool and dry with a backpack.

This lightweight (only 6 ounces), soft, durable, and flexible frame attaches directly to your backpack and creates a natural airflow between you and the pack without using mesh or other material that soaks up sweat and retains heat. This design maximizes airflow to keep your back cool and dry.


About Vaucluse Gear

Vaucluse Gear is a new outdoor adventure company that has just released its patented Cool-Dry Frame. Made in the USA, this lightweight frame keeps you cool by dissipating heat and evaporating sweat between your back and backpack. You, therefore, sweat less and stay cool.