Price: $43.50 (Small); $44.50 (Large)
Weight: 11 oz (Small): 12 oz (Large)
Size: 14.5” W (Small)” 16.5” W (Large)
How obtained: Company sample
RBR advertiser: No
Eliminate Back Strain and Sweaty Backs with Ventapak
When commuting by bike or hiking in the woods, carrying a backpack is synonymous with a sweaty and achey back. However, Ventapak has come up with a solution to these problems with their innovative device that can be attached to almost any backpack or hydration pack.
I’ll admit I was initially skeptical of the claims made by the Ventapak PR team and had doubts that the device would only add bulk and weight. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. The easy-to-follow instructions made it a breeze to quickly attach the four straps and adjust the Ventapak to my backpack.
Once it was on, I immediately felt better supported and noticed that the pack sat more comfortably on my back, translating to improved posture and reduced back strain. I tested it on a 6-mile trail hike, loading the pack with extra clothing, hydration, and nutrition.
Despite the added weight of only 12 ounces, I didn’t feel any extra burden. The mesh frame pressed against my lower back, helping to improve my posture and distribute the pack’s weight more evenly. Additionally, the mesh design allowed for increased airflow, effectively preventing the common issue of a sweaty back.
Ventapak is available in two sizes: large and small. The company sent me the large version to test, but I’m curious about how the small version would work with hydration packs. However, for bike commuters, the large size frame is perfect for carrying your gear and arriving at work with a dry back!
Overall, Ventapak’s mesh frame is a game-changer for anyone who wants to eliminate back strain and avoid a sweaty back while carrying a backpack or hydration pack. Its lightweight design, improved support, and enhanced airflow make it an ideal accessory for commuters and outdoor enthusiasts.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.