4 Mini-Backpacks Tested & Reviewed For The Minimalist Mountain Biker

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Not everyone wants to ride with a big ‘n’ heavy backpack, so we’ve been testing a variety of different options for the minimalist mountain bikers out there, waist packs, frame bags and mini-packs. 

Here, we have the micro-packs – basically, a backpack, only smaller. These strip down the classic riding rucksack to its bare essentials, often adding maximum ventilation and a very secure harness along the way to make something that, in theory, you can forget you’re wearing. The capacity of these packs varies dramatically – some are big enough for a day ride, and some are barely more than a bladder with a pocket on the front.



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Review Info

Brand:Osprey, Shimano, USWE, Wingnut Gear
Product:Viper, Unzen, Airborne, Hyper
Price:£69.99 - £109.99
Tested:by Antony for 2 months

Comments (3)

    Rough Ride haven’t had stock of the Wingnut Hyper or Assault for months now. I mailed them but I didn’t get any reply back on when / if they might be getting them again.

    At this point I’m thinking my only option is importing from the US.

    small bags are better in summer, winter i take out more stuff – be prepared for more mechanicals and need some warm clothes.. spare lights etc

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