- Small comfortable hydration pack
My Evoc Stage 6L pack is not the most comfortable pack out there and seems quite lardy for a pack that holds 2L of water and quite stiff.
Looking for something that takes 1.5-2L that is compact and most importantly comfortable.
I only usually have a small tool kit and a snack bar in my pack so any large storage is just a waste!
Was thinking of a USWE Airbourne 3 as last years model is going cheap but any alternative suggestions more than welcome.Posted 7 months ago
Think I might try the Airbourne 3 older version. New one out doesnt look much improved for the extra price apart from a phone pocket and older one is a lot cheaper!
Atually new one has a bigger bladder, magnetic tube tube clip and phone pocket too. Looks a bit nicer too… but
£115 vs £70!!!Posted 7 months ago
Tried the Airbourne 3 and couldn’t get a good fit. With straps on smaller loops it was way too tight. On larger loops too loose.
Tried some my old camel ones on and nothing seems that comfortable. Maybe I need to look at something that takes it off my shoulders or some kind of vest or belt as mentioned above.Posted 7 months agoFOGSubscriber
I recently bought an Osprey Katari 7l pack which is excellent. It is fairly minimalist with few of the bells and whistles you get with other Osprey packs but is low profile,light and very comfortable. It has even survived a full on OTB incident unscathed. I am not sure if I would have paid the £70 list but for just under £50 from CRC I think, it was reasonable.Posted 7 months agolightfighter762Subscriber
Raceface Stash Vests are around £40 and can take a 1.5l bladder (not included) and have room for tools and other small stuff. I have the SWAT Bibs which are similiar and put a 500ml bottle, clif bars and gloves in the pockets of mine with no issues.
I love the stash. I use it with water, med kit and fuel. Have Salomon soft water bottles 300-500ml. If I need a refill just use a sawyer filter attached to it. Done GT Black with this setup and from Inners the red with Minch moor. Spares all on the bike.Posted 7 months agon0b0dy0ftheg0atMember
https://www.merlincycles.com/camelbak-chase-bike-vest-hydration-pack-2018-129288.html look a neat solution for doing longer duration rides, with plenty of stash pockets plus the hydration pack.Posted 7 months ago
So used the chase vest this weekend and bit of feedback.
Only carried water, phone, mini tool and energy bar.
First impressions were that it was more comfortable than other packs – expecially under the arms. It feels strange at first as the bladder sit near enough direct on your back so you can feel a bit more movement of the water.
But you soon forget about it as you ride.
Was great to have the essentials in the pockets at the front – easy to access phone for a photo/call and no need to take pack off for a quick snack.
Not sold on the mouthpeice – much prefer hydrapak one as its round and you dont have to have it a specific way for the bite to work. I tried to attach my hydrapak one but the hose on the new camelpaks is now bigger and it will not fit. You can attach the entire hose from a hydrapak on there, but then it is a bit too slim to sit flish in the clips at the front of the pack. Will just have to get used to it.
The hose is quite long too – on the slow hills it kept tapping on my knee but no bother as easy just to trim as desired.
Also – water got warm far quicker than other packs – due to how close it sits on the back. My EVOC pack moves the bladder away from you but at the expense of a more ridged feel so cant have it all. Freezing or part freezing the liquid might be a good idea for the hotter days.
Overall though, its a nice and minimul pack. Light, well built and does what it needs to do.
Not perfect – but will do for now!Posted 6 months ago
I’ve been using the Chase Vest for a few weeks and would echo most of what has been said above.
My main annoyance is with the little loop that you hang the bladder off as it’s just that bit too short, making it a bit fiddly to remove. Other than that I’m really liking mine. I love the fact that I can quickly whip the phone out to check a route, send messages, check the name of that peak with PeakFinder, take a picture etc and I’ll often leave it on if I’m just stopping for a quick snack too.
FWIW this is what I’ve managed to jam in mine:
Front Left pocket
Iphone 7 plus
Plasters and an adhesive dressing
Front Right pocket
Snacks (usually 2-3 bars)
Wolftooth quicklink pliers
Dynaplug tubeless repair
Showerproof or waterproof jacket depending on conditions
I’m not using the little zipped pocket on the rear at the moment, but it would be a good place for some emergency cash/card.
Since it sits so high I could wear a jersey with rear pockets and still access those if I wanted to carry more as well.Posted 6 months ago
Haha thats a lot you crammed in! The loop at the top is a strange one, but works I guess but agree a bit of a fiddle.
I’m a medium to larger gent, but the more I lose weight the better I think it will fit.
Couple of times I went to take a slurp and the bite valve was in wrong place – just to to dial it in next ride.Posted 6 months ago
Yes, it’s pretty crammed (especially if I take the larger jacket) and it did require a bit of downsizing of my kit (new multi-tool and a smaller pump), but it all fits and feels good. Plus, the next time I crash I might actually be able to reach my first aid stuff. I ride on my own and the last two times were arm fractures and I found I couldn’t remove my pack so the first aid stuff was pretty useless 🙂Posted 6 months ago
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