Discovering an Abandoned 14th Century Castle and 15th Century Windmills
Vaucluse Cool-Dry Backpack Frame Sweat Check
The great outdoors didn’t disappoint last weekend.
I trekked nine miles around the picturesque village of Montagne, France, and discovered some remarkable landmarks. Its 15th-century windmills, Les Moulins De Calon, reminded me of the Dutch countryside. I’d never seen windmills in southern France before but when I reached the hill where they stood, I understood why they were there: there was a lot of wind!
I also passed an abandoned 14th-century castle, Le Château des Tours, which made it easy to reminisce about the way people must have lived in the late Middle Ages.
Both were great discoveries to make while hiking through vineyards the entire morning and using church bell towers as my navigational markers.
Overall, I highly recommend this hike and cannot wait to share more with you.
We started our hike at 9 AM when the temperature was 64 F and the humidity was 71%. I was a bit worried about how high the humidity was. If it got much higher it would definitely be a sweaty day. I tend to sweat everywhere when it’s that humid and having a backpack on doesn’t help; the Cool-Dry Frame definitely helps moderate my body temperature.
Thankfully, the humidity lowered throughout the day and ended up around 46%. The sun was out the entire time, and the temperature increased to 72 F.
A hat and sunglasses were definitely needed, as was my Cool-Dry Frame. This proved to be ideal weather for the frame to keep my back dry and body temperature cool (more about this below).
As mentioned, the humidity dropped significantly. This was good because I tend to sweat less in that kind of weather. The Cool-Dry Frame helped by allowing my back to evaporate sweat and creating a gap for air to flow freely.
My Osprey is equipped with a curved frame called an Airscape, but I have found that the curve really doesn’t contribute much space for encouraging airflow or for heat to dissipate.
As you can see from the photos, my shirt was wet only where the backpack straps came in contact with my back. Everywhere else? My shirt was dry.
Some people might feel that sweating doesn’t matter and it’s just a part of hiking. Well, apart from providing greater comfort, sweating less helps regulate your body temperature more efficiently and assists in avoiding dehydration.
Plus (my wife will vouch for this) your backpack won’t smell like old gym shoes.
Here is a photo of my shirt after the hike:
The Cool-Dry Frame made a big difference on this hike, keeping my back dry and comfortable so I could better enjoy my surroundings. Or stop as often. Before I started wearing a Cool-Dry frame, I would have to keep stopping, to take my backpack off for a couple of minutes, just so I could cool off. So I would start wearing my backpack using only one strap over my shoulder, which is terrible for posture and spinal alignment (again, just ask my wife).
Overall, the verdict after this hike’s sweat check is… The Vaucluse Gear Cool-Dry Backpack Frame kept me cool and dry. In conditions where the humidity is less than 50% and using the Cool-Dry Frame, I have yet to feel any sweaty build-up on my back.
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.