by Marc Basiliere
March 3, 2014
Bold claims from Spanish brand…
With so many very good hydration packs on the market, it takes an interesting pack, or some truly hyperbolic promotion, to make a model stand out. When an e-mail came through from Orbea claiming that the brand’s Hydra line was “the best hydration system you can find,” our interest was piqued.
Available in both 2L and 10L capacities (plus room for a 2L bladder), the Hydra series is built of lightweight water- and mud-repellant fabrics, with a hi-viz rain cover included for truly wet days. Designed to be stable and back-hugging on the bike, the Hydras’ back panels are built of breathable materials that stand the bag off the rider’s back somewhat, improving airflow.
Access to the packs’ contents looks good, with top-to-bottom zips and handy waist pockets. The included bladder is one of Hydrapak’s 1.5L models, which have proved sturdy and easy to both fill and clean. While the details look good from afar, it’ll take some riding time to tell if they truly live up to the claims. The Hydra 2+2 is available in the UK now for £80, the Hydra 10+2 for £90.