Small rucksack with adjustable back: Vaude Brenta 24 reviewed

Aug 07, 2020 BY Mark Pawlak

Taller people need small rucksacks too. The problem is getting a small rucksack with an adjustable back. The Vaude Brenta 24 reviewed here looks like an answer to a problem many outdoor companies have yet to solve.

Small rucksack with adjustable back: Vaude Brenta 24 reviewed

Small rucksack with adjustable back: Why?

Rucksacks don’t fit everyone. You can’t just choose an adult size and expect it to be comfortable – especially if you are taller. Adjustable back lengths are often only found on more expensive and larger capacity rucksacks. And that’s the problem: How does a taller person get a small rucksack that fits well?

I’ve struggled with this for ages. I did find the Skandika Bogong which I reviewed, but it’s a medium at 45 ltrs. Now while my spare fleece may be larger and I might want to pack an extra energy bar, I really still only need a small rucksack for day hikes in warmer climates.

Small rucksack with adjustable back_ Vaude Brenta 24 reviewed

Vaude Brenta 24 reviewed intro

In an attempt to cut weight I’m packing better and reducing what I take on daily trips. My usual go-to size would be about 35 litres but in this case I dropped to 24 litre. The Vaude Brenta 24 reviewed here is available in both sizes, so I approached them to see what this model had to offer.

Unique features of Vaude Brenta 24:

  • Aeroflex 3D suspension system
  • ErgoShape straps and adjustable back length
  • Primary material is 50 % recycled polyester
  • Waterproofed without fluorocarbons (PFC)
  • Available in 24/30/36+6 ltr /44+6

view inside the top pocket of small Man walking with small Vaude Brenta 24 rucksack

There are some excellent parts to this little rucksack and the design is well thought out. The external fabric of the Vaude Brenta 24 feels a little thin but it’s durable and should be fine for most situations (I prefer rougher, heavier fabrics).

The waist belt and shoulder straps are excellent – with the straps cut to fit around shoulders rather than across them. They also have the right amount of cushioning for a small rucksack so you can carry a fair amount of weight (3-8 Kg)

Vaude Brenta 24 rucksack reviewed on a beach

Structurally, it’s a new design for me. Initially it looks unstructured, however there’s a thin, rigid outer frame that curves under the rucksack. Thoughtfully this is shaped and concave, held well away from your body. This might sound like a heavy choice for a little rucksack, yet the weight is just north of one kilo (1090g).

Key, for me, is the adjustable back system. The whole shoulder strap yolk – for a better word – slides up and is locked off with a clamp. It’s an ingenious little system, much of it tucked out of view, accessed from within the Vaude Brenta 24 rucksack. At this point I can see where the money goes, and the quality is evident.

Detail of the Small rucksack with adjustable back and shoulder straps of the Vaude brenta 24

My only issue is: it just doesn’t quite extend far enough. Damn! Close but no cigar in my search for a small rucksack. If you’re up to 183cm 6ft it’s probably going to have that all important fit – from shoulders to waist. But past that it still rides just a touch too high over my hips no matter how far I extend the straps.

Vaude Brenta 24 Eco-credentials

Sometimes it’s hard to see what are genuine eco-credentials for ‘greenwashing’ in this industry. In this case Vaude have made the main fabric from 50% recycled polyester and it’s approved with the Green Dot – German state certification for responsible shopping. Interestingly, the company’s own standards were the foundation for this certification… I’m starting to like this company.

What we like about the Vaude Brenta 24

  • Quality materials and detailed finish
  • Thoughtful shape and fit
  • Padded but breathable
  • Fully ventilated back
  • Eco-credentials
  • Detailed top pouch with lined mobile pouch
  • Interesting two-tone colour and size choices

What we don’t like about the Vaude Brenta 24

  • Limited adjustable height range
  • One-bag design (I prefer closed side pouches)
  • Pricey for some

Man walking with small blue Brenta 24 rucksack

Small rucksack with adjustable back: Summary

The Vaude Brenta 24 reviewed here is ideal for short adventures, especially in mild and hot conditions and is a good choice if you’re shorter than 185cm. At £110 rrp it’s slightly pricey for a small rucksack – for me anyway. But if your budget stretches to this and you consider the quality construction and design, it’s an excellent choice.

The Vaude range is enormous and not one we see enough of in the UK. Full credit here for their environmental credentials and having three sizes of smaller rucksack in this design.

I hope you found this review of the Vaude Brenta 24 useful. If you’d like to know more about their outdoor gear and rucksacks, go to:


Camping, Hiking, Mountaineering, Multi Activity, Overlanding, Trekking, Walking
rucksacks, small rucksacks, trekking gear, walking gear

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