Vaucluse Cool-Dry Backpack Frame Instructional Video
Greetings, fellow hiker! Today, I will show you a very simple hack for sweating less when you're wearing a backpack.
Hi, I’m Brice Sokolowski, founder and CEO of Vaucluse Backpacking Gear, where we love to sweat less. As you can see, right now I am in Arizona, beautiful Arizona, and it happens to be 99°F. It's extremely hot. It's a dry heat, thankfully, and I'm originally from Texas, so I’m accustomed to living with heat (but I still appreciate a ‘dry heat’).
I want to share with you how this light and simple contraption we call the Cool-Dry Backpack Frame can really improve airflow between your back and your backpack.
The Problem with Conventional Backpacks and Sweat
Now, if you're like me, you have a favorite backpack. However, as you can see, this backpack has a curve (for air) and it also has mesh and, as you may know, mesh is going to soak up moisture because that's what it does when there's sweat. Now the curve doesn't really allow the air to evaporate. Hot air and sweat go hand in hand. Right now, you can see that the curved mesh backpack is completely pressed against my back, trapping heat, and we don't like to sweat. Obviously, we can't avoid sweat entirely, but sweat is the body's indication that it/you are “overheating.”
So how do you help dissipate heat from your back? How do you help your body? Looking at the whole concept of sweat and overheating, what you want is that hot, trapped air to evaporate. You don’t want your body, and especially your back, trapping heat. Because when you trap heat, there's absolutely no way that your body will be able to lower the temperature on its own. You have to help your body.
Simply Hack to Increase Airflow and Sweat Evaporation with Backpack
For instance, this is the one that I like to hike with; I don't want to have to buy a new backpack just to accommodate a new accessory. So this frame attaches in seconds to any backpack (I'm going to show you one that is attached right now, so that you can see it all together). You simply use these two adjustable straps that go around the straps of your backpack and lock in. It's really simple. Just snap, and it goes in right there. I provide the Velcro attachments, so you too can attach this to a backpack that you already absolutely love.
I like to call this cool design a ‘dual frame.’ You still get support from your back, but, what's really great is, when you press on it, it won’t matter how much the weight, it's still going to keep the space and keep delivering airflow. And, what's especially good about it is, that even if you curve it, you're still going to get complete airflow, which a lot of designs can’t provide. Here, you get a whole lot more airflow.
But enough about me. I'd like to end this video with some testimonials you can read from other users! Just go to my website, VaucluseGear.com, where you can read what people are saying and where they are hiking.
I know the Cool Dry Backpack Frame is unconventional. But people are saying okay, let’s give this a shot, and then they’re saying, this is pretty cool, and it really, really works.
How the Cool-Dry Frame Helps You Sweat Less with Any Backpack
So, as I'm taking this backpack off, you can see it's got a highly intricate, curved frame. It’s a Gregory® Backpack. I'm a big fan of Gregory (gregorypacks.com). There's nothing wrong with this backpack. But when I added the Cool Dry Fram onto the backpack, my airflow increased dramatically. So that's what I've done here - I’ve got a backpack all prepared.
This is another backpack that I really like, the Osprey®. Again, you can pick whatever backpack you want. Let me show you. Put this down on the ground, and there it is, it's on the backpack, it's Velcroed in. I put this on in a matter of maybe 15 or 20 seconds. (For the sake of the video, I was going to show it already attached). So when I put the backpack on, you’ll see the difference after I’ve strapped this in. You can see that there is complete separation between my back and the backpack. There is a wind right now and I am automatically feeling it across my back. I feel cooler on my back immediately.
So there's the huge difference in the Vaucluse Gear Cool Dry Backpack Frame. From one hiker to another, it really works, so please check it out. I’ve got plenty of other hiking and sweat test videos so follow Vaucluse Gear on Instagram and join us! We post hikes, we talk to you about how much we sweat and how hot our backs are! We also repost other hikers who have taken the Cool Dry Frame out. So there's plenty of content that we're distributing out there to explain how this system works and how it can improve your hiking and outdoor experiences. Stay a little cooler, a little drier, out on the trail.
I hope you found this helpful, and please, send me your questions! Follow Vaucluse Gear on Instagram, and YouTube, or visit VaucluseGear.com, and I’ll see YOU on the trails soon.
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.
Vaucluse 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 truly believe in - a brand that's an extension of you rather than the other way around.