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Upgrade your favorite backpack with superior comfort and airflow. Sweat less on your next backpacking experience and enjoy the adventure more.
The Vaucluse Cool-Dry Frame is an ultralight backpack accessory that helps you wear a backpack in comfort using natural ventilation. By making space for air to flow around you as you move, the Cool-Dry Frame makes it easier to stay cool and dry while wearing a pack.
As tempting as it may be to just loosen your pack’s shoulder straps for more airflow, wearing a backpack improperly is unsafe. Its weight pulls on your body, causing neck, back, and shoulder injuries over time.
The Cool-Dry Frame suspends your gear three-quarters of an inch off your back. This gives Mother Nature plenty of room to carry away excess body heat and sweat with each step you take.
Simply attach one to your favorite backpack in seconds without worrying about sizing or adjustments, and avoid injuries caused by improper fit.
All Cool-Dry Frames are made from TPU thermo-plastic for maximum durability, flexibility, and portability. Their hexagonal design maximizes your back’s exposure to air with minimal material. The design scales down the frame's weight to just six ounces. Alternative mesh frames weigh two times more than the Cool-Dry Frame.
Since the design was inspired by honeycombs, a portion of all profits is donated to support sustainable bee farming practices, as well as trail maintenance in France and the United States.
All Cool-Dry Frames are manufactured in the USA.
WHY THE COOL-DRY FRAME (INCLUDED IN ORDER)
- Helps you sweat less and enjoy backpacking more
- Improves airflow with natural ventilation, keeping you cooler and drier
- Attaches to any backpack in seconds, no adjustment, one size fits all
- Sturdy, abrasion-resistant TPU is flexible and rolls up for storage
- Ultralight design (6 oz) is lighter than two pairs of socks
- Includes pre-assembled Cool-Dry Frame with 0.75" spacers, hook and loop support straps
- Satisfaction guaranteed - Sweat less and backpack better or receive a full refund
- Lifetime warranty - If it breaks, we'll replace it
Stay Cool and Dry - When your pack is strapped on tight, your back can't breathe. The Cool-Dry Frame creates space for air to flow around you as you move, naturally ventilating your body and helping to minimize unwanted heat, moisture, and scent.
Regulate Your Core Temperature - A significant amount of heat can build up between your back and backpack. Large backpacks are especially notorious for increasing your core temperature. By keeping the pack off your back, the frame helps you regulate your core temperature.
The Model is Unisex - The frame quickly attaches to any backpack with the universal backpack strap loops. The frame is designed to fit onto every backpack - regardless of shape or size.
Fits Backpack Sizes 15L to 65L: The frame is designed to fit across your shoulders and down to your waist for backpack sizes between 15L and 65L. This includes standard backpacks (such as Eastpak, Jansport's, Northface), day packs (Osprey, REI, Gregory), and larger packs (Mystery Ranch, Mountainsmith, Deuter).
Carry In Comfort - The Cool-Dry Frame makes any backpack exceptionally comfortable, spreading carried weight across a soft hexagonal frame that instantly conforms to the user's back. Rough, absorbent mesh padding common in pack design is kept at a distance, preventing chafing and sweat retention.
Improve Your Posture - Carrying a backpack can cause neck stiffness, rounded or uneven shoulders, altered gait, spinal misalignment, and more. By positioning the pack further from the body and supporting it with a flexible frame to disperse dynamic forces, it can be easier to maintain good posture.
Prevent Injury - Frameless backpacks lack rigid shape, and can gradually harm the wearer if overloaded or improperly fitted. The Cool-Dry Frame adds comfortable structure to any bag, helping to prevent injury by evenly distributing its weight across your body.
Protect Your Gear - Heat, moisture, and bacteria can wear down even the toughest outdoor fabrics. Keep your favorite gear longer by reducing sweat buildup and wicking it away faster with improved airflow.
Ergonomic Honeycomb Design - The frame flexes and contours to your back's shape and movements. It also maximizes your back's exposure to the open air by as much as 90% more than conventional backpack frames. The frame is also designed to correctly wear your backpack and maintain the desired center of gravity.
Heavy-Duty Construction - Cool-Dry Frames are made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a unique high-performance material with characteristics of both plastic and rubber. They're strong, durable, flexible, abrasion-resistant, and built to withstand extended use under extreme conditions.
Universal Compatibility - A Cool-Dry Frame can be quickly installed on any gear carried with shoulder straps or harnesses, including backpacks and bouldering crash pads. Don't worry about your height or torso length either: One size fits all, no adjustment required.
Ultralight Design & Portability - Lighter than two pairs of socks, the Cool-Dry Frame weighs in at just under 6 ounces. 15" x 9" x 1.4" flat, 9" x 4.5" x 4.5" rolled.
No-Mesh or Foam Design - The design uses NO mesh or foam material, which only soaks up sweat and retains heat. This frame minimizes the absorption of sweat and maximizes the dissipation of heat.
Satisfaction Guaranteed - The Cool-Dry Frame is designed to change your outdoor experiences for the better.
Lifetime Warranty - If it breaks, we'll send you another. If you don't like it, you can get your money back. It's that simple.
Better Hunting - Sweating less will reduce an animal's ability to smell your presence.
Weight (Standard): 6 oz
Length (Standard): 15 in
Width (Standard): 9 in
Height (Standard): 1.4 in
Weight (Metric): 170 g
Length (Metric): 38.1 cm
Width (Metric): 22.9 cm
Height (Metric): 3.6 cm
Frame Material: TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer). TPU is superior for use anywhere that ozone, extreme temperatures, and high levels of abrasion are a concern. TPU is a popular material for sporting goods and protective coatings.
Spacer Material: TPU-coated recycle polyester, PFC-free DWR coating
Strap Material: Nylon
Water Resistance: IPX8
Dust Resistance: IPS65
Torso Length Range: 15-22 in
Spacer Distance Range: 0.75-2 in
Maximum Load: 120 lbs
Sweat Checks from Cool-Dry Frame customers:
"Loving the Cool-Dry Frame! It's perfect for every season. Now, I never ruck without my Cool-Dry Frame."
- Max D, day training with a rucksack, Detroit, Michigan
"I've never felt that type of cooling out here in these temperatures. Now I'm getting much more consistent airflow and evaporative cooling around my entire core, and that is really helping me stay out and move harder and longer. It just keeps your core down that much easier.”
- Jim Armstrong, 40L Pack, Search & Rescue Operations, Decatur, TX
"Holy cow am I a believer in your product! Worked fantastic in Georgia with my hiking pack on and like 40000% humidity this morning! Super comfortable! I'll get my wife to get some pictures of the sweat pattern the next time we go out!
- Chris, day hiker with 20L pack, Georgia
"Definitely keeps things drier and cooler. I rate the Vaucluse Cool-Dry Backpack Frame at 100%!"
- Joe S, Gregory Palisade 80 pack, California
"I have the back practically dry after a three-hour hike in the heat, therefore I recommend."
- Hubert T, day hiker with a 20L backpack from Vaucluse, France
"I normally drip sweat like a faucet with my back being completely soaked like I was sprayed with a hose. I cannot believe how dry this kept me. My shirt was just as dry on the back as it was on the front. That has never happened when I wear a pack. Never! The gear was comfortable and I didn’t even really notice it."
- Jeff, SKYSPER Hiking Backpack 40L, North Carolina
"None. Before, my North Face day pack with mesh back always left me sweaty."
- Jared O, birdwatcher with North Face day pack from Newberg, Oregon
"My back had a little sweat, but the same amount as if I didn’t wear a backpack."
- Abby, day hiker with High Sierra Cirque 30, Indiana
"With the warm temps my back didn’t sweat at all…nice! It’s well constructed, lightweight, flexible, and doesn’t feel odd when wearing it."
- Mike L, multi-day hiker with a daypack, Tucson, AZ
"I did not sweat as much as normal with the extra space between my shirt and the Cool-Dry Frame. Felt good and had no gear issues." - Walter S, day hiker with 22L Osprey backpack from North Carolina
"Works well. My back stayed dry on some heavy-duty hikes."
- Matt C, 2-3 day hiker with 35L backpack from Pennsylvania
"The Cool-Dry Frame seems to deliver on its promise. The length [of the Frame] creates a lot of real estate on my back where air can reach. I am very pleased with the performance of the Cool-Dry Frame. It is also very comfortable with no discernible pinching or weird rubbing."
- Coy S, multi-day hiker with 35L and 60L packs from Alabama.
"It works. I have not experienced sweat on my back. The only area that I get sweaty is at the very bottom where the bag touches my body near the waist area. This is fine as it still significantly reduces the amount of sweat/water-loss by at least 80%."
- Aaron S, day hiker with 30L backpack from Arizona
"Really comfortable. I hiked 6 miles (3 up and 3 down) in 80 degree weather. I put the frame on my day pack with 2 liters of water and some clothes. The frame was really comfortable, and my shirt was damp but not nearly as bad as it would have been if not using the frame."
- Jerry S, day hiker with 22L backpack from California
"First time I have hiked with my Search & Rescue pack and not come back with a totally soaked back. I am sold on the product and will continue to use it. Comfortable. Lightweight."
- Rod S, Search & Rescue Team, 35L backpack from Virginia
"I’ve taken it out 3 times for my daily walk to see how it’d behave. I tested on Sunday without it and had a sweaty back. In the 3 walks since, I didn’t have any sweat. So we’re on the right track. All the walks were with a t-shirt and light fleece jacket."
- Tyler F, day hiker with 35L backpack from Washington
"Overall, I had no issues with the frame's fit on my daypack (with 2 full bottles of water). I hardly remembered it was attached and didn’t bother me while hiking at all. I hiked about 6 miles. Starting temp was 65 degrees. The ending temp was 82. My shirt was a bit wet, and my pack stayed dry. I sweat a lot, but likely not as much if I hadn’t worn it."
- Rob G, day hiker with a 20L backpack from Texas