hydration packs – what's good?
HEllo, as per title, going to treat myself to a new one, but I have no idea what’s good out on the market at present.
It will be for general trail riding duties, summer and winter, not ultralight /tiny but not too big either.
Would like some internal pockets for odds and ends, and some external ones for phone/compact camera would be handy
I have a 25L osprey pack for when I need to carry a lot of kit, so looking for something smaller than this, maybe around the 8-15L mark (just guessing at this really).
Not too concerned about cost – I will keep / use for a long time, don’t mind paying for quality *if* it is justified.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
My osprey raptor was pretty good, until the bladder became porous (leaked all over, weird) and I was told there was no warranty on it, yet it was under a year old. So I bought something else to replace it. Hydrapack bladders seem to be much better, more durable ime. Lighter too, if that matters.
tbh I think they either fit and have enough / few enough pockets to suit you, or not. Actual maker of the bag among the top brands seems less important.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I have a cheap Karrimor 15lt and it is ace – sits low and stable. It is sweaty and bit valve was poor.Posted 4 years ago
One of the kids has a Salomon XR 10-15 ltr one, and it is best pack I have used in a while – cool back/straps, light, well made, great bladder and valve, really stable. Odd yellow colour.ricktMember
TIP — (i know this does not fit your needs, but could help others…)
I purchased one of these 2 weeks ago as I needed a smaller bag when just out for a few hours for £25.00
Giant Cascade 1 Hydration Pack
Giant Cascade 1 Cycling Hydration Pack features a 2 litre reservoir for cross country rides when travelling light is your priority.
It comes with a 2 litre Widepac SOURCE bladder. which retail around the £20 quid range anyway.
So for me… a new bag for around a fiver to “tick them boxes” and a new bladder. (also.. the end cap for the teat can come off the bag too. )
Hope this helps.
RickPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Camelbaks are a bit variable, I suppose they make so many designs for so many jobs that some just don’t suit that well. Love my Chaos though, it’s almost perfect (the back goes a bit convex when it’s full, only beef). Bombproof, stable, big enough, outside straps for helmets and pads and that, good pockets.Posted 4 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
I find these excellent, they have ball joint thing so incredibly comfortable…Posted 4 years ago
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