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Ahead 48+ backpacking backpack

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Lightweight backpack for ultralight trekking

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Product Description

Ahead 48+ backpacking backpack

Lightweight backpack for ultralight trekking

  • exceptional carrying comfort thanks to Tergolight suspension system
  • lid can be detached and used as a hip bag
  • climate friendly manufacturing thanks to an innovative end-of-life tire recycling program using a mass balance process
When every gram counts – this lightweight pack offers high carrying comfort at low weight and is ideal for fast-paced hiking and long-distance treks. The ultralight trekking pack is also exceptionally back-friendly – a recess in the lower back reduces pressure on the sacroiliac joint and prevents back pain. The Tergolight Comfort Space suspension system distributes the load optimally. The pack's back length and load positioning straps are individually adjustable. The Ergoshape shoulder straps of the Ahead 48+ allow enough freedom of movement for your arms on steep ascents thanks to their special design. You can keep a protein bar or phone within easy reach in the easy-access pockets on the shoulder straps and hip belt. The side stretch pockets provide access to your water bottle, hat or other items without having to take off your pack. Trekking poles can be easily attached while you're hiking. There's room for wet gear in the spacious front compartment and it can dry quickly thanks to mesh inserts. An adjustable daisy chain accommodates your helmet and crampons. The top loader has an extra compartment for your hydration bladder. There's a replacement buckle on the upper compression strap in case one breaks along the way. The height-adjustable, detachable lid expands the volume by another 8 liters and can also be worn separately as a waist pack. The material of the Ahead 48+ is a mix of 100% recycled polyester and polyamide with a biobased content of 62% castor oil – an extremely lightweight, tear-resistant and sustainable material. The VAUDE Green Shape label stands for environmentally-friendly, functional products made from bluesign® certified, sustainable materials.
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  • Model: 45165
  • Weight: 1340 g
  • Volume: 48+8 l
  • Dimensions: 70 x 33 x 29 cm
  • Load range: 7 - 12 kg
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Features & Technologies


  • individually adjustable supportive back
  • "Comfort Space" for lower back relief
  • wider, vest-like ErgoShape shoulder harness for a stable fit
  • lightweight hip belt with zip pocket
  • lightweight primary fabric made of 61 % biobased polyamide
  • side compression straps
  • top compression strap with versatile repair buckle
  • reinforced bottom
  • removable lid can be used as hip bag
  • additional zip lid pocket inside
  • spacious front stretch pocket
  • side stretch pockets with on-the-go opening
  • pole attachment on-the-go
  • one pole attachment point
  • attachment points for gear
  • lightweight buckles throughout
  • opening for hydration system
  • sternum strap with tube holder clip
  • rain cover: optional available, Model: 12560-2270 (30-55 l)
Tergolight Comfort Space – relieves pressure on the lower back
Tergolight Comfort Space – relieves pressure on the lower back

An indentation at the lower back takes the pressure off of your sensitive sacroiliac joint on trips with a medium load and helps prevent lower back pain. The back length is fully adjustable and you can individually adjust the upper load positioning straps.

• fully adjustable back length and individually adjustable load positioning straps
• a great choice for hiking with a medium load
• relieves pressure on the lower back

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Ergoshape – ergonomic shoulder straps
Ergoshape – ergonomic shoulder straps

These ergonomic shoulder straps ensure optimum freedom of movement and extra comfort for your next mountain, trekking or hiking tour. Ergoshape shoulder straps are designed to be wider where they rest on your shoulders and narrower at the front and under your arms. Ergoshape shoulder straps are specifically adapted to the different needs of women and men.

• ergonomic shoulder straps fit comfortably without constricting
• optimal freedom of movement thanks to their modified width
• adapted to the different needs of men and women

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Mass Balance Recycling – chemical recycling process
Mass Balance Recycling – chemical recycling process

Recycled polyamide that makes use of a certified mass balance process in which pyrolysis oil is extracted from used tires and fed into a conventional polyamide production process. This chemical recycling methods conserves fossil raw resources. Another advantage: compared to conventional polyamide production, 60% less CO2 emissions are produced*. The polyamide obtained in this eco-friendly process has just the same properties as conventional polyamide made from crude oil.

• robust, durable polyamide with best freedom of movement
• innovative tire recycling using a mass balance process
• climate-friendly and CO2-conserving crude oil alternative


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* Chemcycling, Environmental Evaluation by Life Cycle Assessment, BASF, November 2020 GaBi version 9.2 (2020), Sphera AG, Polyamide 6 Granulate

Mass balance

Material overview

Main fabric: 100% Polyamide; 70D/silicon coated face/PU coated back; Second fabric: 100% Polyester (recycled); 300D Polyurethane coated 1500mm 100% recycled Polyester; Lining - Face: 100% Polyester (recycled); Coating: 100% Polyurethane; 150D woven / PU coating.
Recycled PET: high quality polyester made from recycled PET bottles
Recycled PET: high quality polyester made from recycled PET bottles

Collect, clean, granulate and spin into high quality polyester yarn – that’s what’s involved in the recycling of PET bottles. In the manufacturing process, we can reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 50% while completely eliminating the use of new fossil fuels. This conserves resources and keeps our ecological footprint small.

• high-quality polyester yarn made from recycled PET bottles
• reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 50 percent
• climate-friendly and resource-efficient production

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Eco Finish – environmentally friendly water and stain resistant finish
Eco Finish – environmentally friendly water and stain resistant finish

This water and stain resistant finish is applied to the outer fabric of your product so that water pearls up and runs right off – without the use of environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFCs). This protects you from the rain and keeps the planet clean. Regular reapplication is necessary for permanent waterproofing and stain resistance.

• environmentally friendly water repellency and stain resistance
• optimal protection from rain and moisture
• no use of environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFC)

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