Hip pack, recomendations please
After a tumble a couple of weeks back, its now apparent that my multifragmentary clavicle fracture isn’t going to be supporting a back pack shoulder strap any time soon, although I hope to be back out in the next 4-5 weeks.
Looking at hip packs with a bladder as an interim measure, so what do you fine folk suggest?? Evo Pro pack with bladder, Camelback Repack with bladder, Osprey Seral 7??
CheersPosted 4 months ago
One of the guys at my LBS just got Thule Rail 4 which looks good, haven’t tried it myself though.Posted 4 months ago
Newer version of Repack been working well for me. 1l of water and room for mini tool, pump, spare tube, phone and snacks.Posted 4 months ago
Tight fit if you’re bigger built though. I’m 36” waist and straps are right out. Also, need to tighten as water used as it gets loose.
Just had a Patagonia one arrive today.
Maiden ride with it tonight but I like what I see so far.Posted 4 months ago
Had a Dakine Hot Laps 5L for 2 years and its been great.Posted 4 months ago
I’ve got a Mountain Warehouse Traverse Waist Bag – pocket friendly £17 right now.Posted 4 months ago
Reviews and my personal experience say it sits weird for a walking bum bag, but as soon as you’re in cycling position it’s spot on.
A bottle slot on each side and room in the middle for the usual junk.
We have 2 in our house.
Dakine Hotlaps 5 and Osprey Savu 5.
I have used the Dakine a lot and really like it. My son feels the same about the Osprey.
The Patagonia looks good as does The Mystery Range Full Moon.
Have had an Osprey Savu2 for a few months and quite impressed all told.
No hydration pack, but dedicated space for a standard bottle (with retainer).
In addition, fits a small pump, multitool, phone, keys, waterproof jacket, tubeless repair kit, tyre levers, patches etc etc. Could get even more in if I wanted.
But it’s a smaller and neater size than the Seral, and half the price.
Has taken a beating in the mud and wet of the last few weeks and still good.
Shop around and they are about £30 for the usual Osprey quality.
One minus point is that there are no external pockets on the side / waist straps – you can only use the pockets on the pack itself.
Really enjoying my evoc hip pack pro (hope that is the right name), it is better than most as it has a wrap around waist belt so no thin strap with a buckle in the middle.Posted 4 months ago
I have an Evoc Hip Pack Pro 3L + 1.5L Bladder. It is insanely good. I’ve tried others from osprey and camelbak, not recently though, and the Evoc is in another league for comfort and stability.
It has a broad waste band that velcros closed but then secured by a more conventional webbing belt. it remains stable with 1.5 litres of water in the bladder and a packable jacket and pump in the “luggage” compartment.
it isn’t the cheap option, but it really is a good one.Posted 4 months ago
Camelbak Repack gets a thumbs up from me.Posted 4 months ago
Recently grabbed myself one of these after borrowing a friends camelbak
MUCH cheaper and a very comfy pack with all the same storage spacePosted 4 months ago
if you dont mind the colour YELLOW, these arent bad for £38
i’ve yet to use it, note on some styles of bags those who have a belly not all hip packs work..Posted 4 months ago
too tight when sat down and too lose when stood on pedals.
I’ve had my Orprey Seral 7 for a couple of months now, really impressed with it.
nice touches like the main zip and water pouch zip opening in different directions so it’s easy to reach in without taking it offPosted 4 months ago
Repack’s been good for me. Magnetic clip thing is particularly clever – the hose has never bounced out no matter how rough it’s been.Posted 4 months ago
I have an Evoc Race and an Osprey Savu – both very, very good but the Evoc just wins in terms of build quality and handy little extra pockets/compartments. The Evoc has been used in some fouls conditions and regularly gets hosed down – everything inside stays nice and dry and it still looks good (if a little grubby).Posted 4 months ago
Osprey Seral 7 here. The recent version has an upgraded magnet attachment point for the hose
I really like it. I have three waist packs but this is the first hydration bladder style ones. I found I wasn’t drinking enough on local rides so with this pack I’ve gone from drink 200-300ml to 1.5 litres, just because it’s easy.
Fits 1.5l bladder, snacks, insulated jacket, buff, hat, FAK and some other bits. Usually keep tools on the bike. Insulated jacket etc is for sitting in the pub garden afterwards!Posted 4 months ago
Can’t fault the Evoc. Had it about 18months. Even use it for cross country running.Posted 4 months ago
I have a smaller dakine one which has been fine but recently got the osprey 5l one with a bladder as i was wanting to carry a bit more with me . I was always a bit hesitant about larger hip packs and thought once you got to a point where you had one with a bladder you were better off just wearing a pack but the osprey has been great , doesn’t bounce around at all . Also if you go on the osprey website to buy direct you get one of those pop ups where you get a discount with your first order if you sign up to the mailing list .Posted 4 months ago
Camelback Repack’s good. The first version’s only fault was that the strap would loosen off when riding. I flogged it and bought the second version, which works better.Posted 4 months ago
Another one for the Evoc Hip Pack Pro. I basically think its the best hip pack around. Really good strap and some cords you cna use to pull it tighter. even with the bladder full i can still get my phone and wallet in.Posted 4 months ago
I like my Evoc Hip Pack Pro.
Thump has the non-pro, which was a lot cheaper. Doesn’t have extra water bottle holders, which may or may not be a problem. The waist pockets are a wee bit smaller too.Posted 4 months ago
The evoc pro is nicely made but it is very expensive and has a number of issues in my view. The biggest flaw is the waist belt is stretchy. Any weight in the pack and it flails around. My previous pack was an 8l osprey bumbag which despite having a quite thin belt you could fill the bag and carry 1.5l of water and it was neither uncomfortable or wanged around. I’ll be getting that repaired. It’s been in use for at least 5 years and only got replaced due to crash damage.Posted 4 months ago
I have the older version of this, primarily as my current bike has no bottle mounts, thanks Orbea.
..after commenting on this thread yesterday I went out for a couple of hours on the bike with my cheapie mountain warehouse Traverse ‘waist pack’ – bridleways gravel ride, and was reminded just how much it can bounce around. Especially annoying is when it’s wagging bounce gets in sync with my pedalling.Posted 4 months ago
The knack is keeping it up around my waist, if it slides down so the strap ends up in my hip crease (bad description, but you know, just there…) then the bouncing begins.
I have an Osprey Savu 5 and a Seral 7. Both are really good.Posted 4 months ago
I use the Savu the majority of the time as it is a bit more ‘streamlined’ but can still hold 2 water bottles and have room for tools, snacks, inner tube, phone and wallet.
Osprey stuff is well designed and on the couple of occasions I have had to use their after sales service it has been easy, quick and efficient.
Camelbak Repack works great for me. If the bladder is at capacity then once you’ve drunk half of it you need to tighten the straps slightly but it carries everything I need otherwisePosted 4 months ago
I’ve opted for the Evoc Hip Pack Pro I’m sure any of the above would do just fine thoughPosted 4 months ago
You have made the right choice 😉
i was thinking of this thread yesterday as i was riding and marvelling at the stability of my bum bag.Posted 4 months ago
I have the Evo pro – Only hip pack I’ve used so cant compare, but I’m very very pleased with it.Posted 4 months ago
Very flexible, can just stuff one bottle in for a quick zip around. Or 2 bottles and bladder for long rides.
Comfortable, dont really notice it while riding.
Well thanks for the recommendations for the Evoc Hip Pack Pro I got one and it’s great. I’ve not worn it on the bike yet (collar bone is still in 4 pieces) but I have used it for some hiking in Scotland and The Lakes.
Its super comfy, plenty of space for stuff, doesn’t bob about much like I thought it would when full, elastic hoops on the top allow a rolled up top/jkt to be easily carried, very well made and I can see it’ll be perfect for those short evening rides and maybe the odd long day epic.
Thanks againPosted 4 months ago
I fancy a break from the back pack and giving a hip pack a go.
As a lardy I find it incredibly annoying that seemingly of the many many options the manufacturers don’t specify the maximum waist size! They be be “one size” but they certainly won’t be “one size fits all”. Perhaps, if you have to ask it ain’t gonna fit a tubster…?
And I don’t know why any of the bigger bags have been designed with narrow strapping for the front – can’t be comfortable for anyone, surely?
Not much mention about waist / strap size in this thread…
Any big boys out there rocking a hip pack that can offer a recommendation?Posted 2 months ago
best thing i can say about the hotlaps is I’ve had to check its still on a few times. even with a bottle in it.Posted 2 months ago
Has anyone tried the vora alpkit hip bag?
£30. This is on my must try it list
No, but the strap looks too narrow for a pack of that size. Make sure you try it with a bit of weight in it.Posted 2 months ago
I bought the alpkit one as I wasn’t sure if I’d get on with a hip pack. I think the waist belt is a tad narrow and it bounces a bit when loaded. Also doesn’t come with a bladder, they had a hydrapak horizontal one in their yard sale for £2 so I have used it and I do like the way it wraps round the waist instead of dangling off my shoulder.Posted 2 months ago
It’s decent for the money but I need more miles with it to know if it’s really for me. If I decide that’s the case I may upgrade to a bike specific one
I bought the evoc one that was a PSA on here, about twenty quid.
It’s solid, big wide strap, and doesn’t move.
They’re decidedly more expensive now!Posted 2 months ago
I got a Dakine Seeker recently and it’s been game-changing: fits nice and snug even with 2l of water in it. Enough space for food/tools etc and straps on the outside to tie a waterproof on. Sold my camelbak mule after the first ride out with it.Posted 2 months ago
Just works well.
The evoc pro is nicely made but it is very expensive and has a number of issues in my view. The biggest flaw is the waist belt is stretchy. Any weight in the pack and it flails around.
I’ve never come across this, maybe the user isn’t using the buckle/strap correctly?Posted 2 months ago
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