The Vaude Cross Ultralight 35 is a well-designed, lightweight, smaller volume, internal frame backpack. It has most of the features you would want, is lightweight owing to clever design and construction elements, and uses very durable materials. It performs well with moderate loads - if the one size fits you.
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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