- which Evoc pack with protector
OP – Had that one and flogged it. Wrong back length for me when it got steep. The protector pushed into the back of my neck, so get the right back length one to start with.
I’ve not replaced it with a shorter back length, as the whole sac is a total zip fest – I could never find anything. Just give me a bladder pocket and a security pocket.
File under over engineered German stuff.
HthPosted 4 years ago
I have the Evoc FR Trail Blackline, and it’s a great pack.
You wont get the kitchen sink in it, but i cant imagine wanting carry more stuff than you could fit in there, unless you plan some Alping guiding.
It’s not overly long in the back, (mines a M/L) but the waist strap is indeed quite chunky. I got used to that pretty quickly tho’ and i think it’s part of the reason why it feels like it’s very comfy and stays where you want it.
Got it for the Alps trip because of the protector, but use it all the time now.Posted 4 years agoexcitable1Member
The only minor criticism I think I could make is the waist belt is quite chunky, and while it gives a feeling of protection, it can also get rather warm.
I used to have a Camelback Hawg NV and ended up with an episode of back spasmns up on Highstreet and I blame the pack. It carried the weight in the wrong place and constantly shifted about. I’d get home from a big ride and big crippled after un packing everything.
I bought an FR Enduro Blackline 16L last year and I’ve never looked back. All the back problems have gone and riding is sooo much more comfortable. I’d go as far to say it’s improved the riding because it’s no longer a shifting hinderence you have to manage.
It’s such a snug pack, when you put it on it’s like riding with a hug. I’ve never found the mid belt too warm myself, in fact it helps no end with the hug fit. Think weight lifters support belt cus I think that’s where Evoc are coming from with it.
The main cavity is not as big as the Hawg but because everything else fits so well in all the other pockets you’ve hardly have anything else left to store in there. The segregated tool storage area fits all my trail tools spares and a small first aid kit in it, the top pocket takes my phone, wallet and keys, and some of the side pockets store snack bars and Murray Mints. So all I store in the main section is a pump, spare tubes, and a rolled up jacket during the summer but theres still rooom left for a packet of Eccles Cakes and Jelly Babies or a Sandwich and cake if your prefer.
It looks really long when you pick it up in the shop but doesnt look that way when you get it on.
I’ve fallen off with it too. Fell at speed on to a rock bed and landed on my back. It was like landing on a cushion and I actually bounced like they do in a cartoon… sadly off the trail half way down a hill !
DON’T bother with the Evoc reservoir. By the time you get the taste of plastic away it will have gone a funny colour and the mouth piece will have stopped working. Just use a Camelbak reservoir. In fact the Camelbak reservoir is flatter when full so helps with the room in there.
The Evoc rain/sh1t cover is good though, has a nice little buckle thing for fitting a light to it.Posted 4 years agoexcitable1Member
From the pictures on the Evoc web site and knowing my Enduro FR it looks like the Trial FR might bulk outwards more, which I can’t see being that helpfull because I think the reservoir will just expand into the space.
I have’nt found myself wanting for more space with the Enduro, and other riders have been know to take the pi55 about how much I carry… until they need something that is 🙄 !!!
Also, the Enduro has the word ‘Enduro’ printed on it so it WILL make you a better rider 😉 !!!Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
im tight so i bought the decathlon one
its ace, really well made and in understated black
a bit sweatier than my dakine nomad and the side pockets are to high to reach when cycling but fit and comfort is ace and theres loads of room
not crashed in it yet but spine pad seems substantial
Posted 4 years agoAlexSubscriber
I’ve got the FR in a fetching green colour they don’t do anymore… it’s very stable with the wide waist strap, well organised – although I’d agree not as much storage as you’d think – and nicely made. I’ve never thrown myself onto it, but feel pretty sure it’d offer quite a lot of protection.
I don’t wear it on every ride as it’s a) quite hot and b) quite heavy. But for any ride with big rocks etc, I’ll definitely be wearing it.Posted 4 years ago
well the contents of my normal Camelbak Mule, including a full 3L bladder, tools, spares tubes, shock pump, pump and a jacket all fit in the FR Trail with loads of space left so I’m expecting the 16L Enduro one to be a much better option.
Does feel snug and comfy on though 🙂Posted 4 years ago
FR Enduro 16L Blackline one just arrived. Looks a good bit more compact that the 20L FR Trail one, only downside I can see is that the bladder compartment is in the main pocket, rather than a dedicated separate one as with the Trail. Also the wee side pockets are stretchy and not zipped.
Will load it up tonight and decide which one to send back, suspect I’ll be keeping the smaller one..Posted 4 years ago
for those that were wondering about the differences in size…
With same kit in each, and a full 3L bladder, the compression straps on the Trail make it very similar in overall bulk to the Enduro. Most stuff goes in front pockets, with the main compartment for me just having 2 tubes and a Howies windproof at this time of year. On the Enduro, these share the compartment with the bladder; on the Trail the bladder is in a separate zipped section with the protector. Weight wise and when wearing they feel identical.
Given that Trail has a bit more space for layers, plus a couple of zipped wing pockets, rather than the stretchy ones on the Enduro, plus a rain cover built into the base pocket, and it’s a tenner less… 🙂
I’m sending back the Enduro one, despite it’s fluoro yellow zips 🙂Posted 4 years agoskydragonMember
Has anyone tried the Camelbak KUDU as an alternative?
Thinking that the 18l version looks like a great size for Big Days Out.
Just done my first couple of rides using a new Camelbak Kudu 18, inc a 30+ miler across the Dales. Very impressed from a comfort point of view, the pack seems very well constructed. I’ve put a 2l bladder in there, although it will take a 3l size in the dedicated zipped compartment that also houses the Velcro sealed slot for the back protector.
It comes with a zipped tool roll which fits in a dedicated internal pouch, plus a soft-lined sunglasses compartment, as well as a small zipped pouch for phone/keys. The external strapping is good, which when combined with the two external side pouches enables leg and elbow armour to be loaded on, for long climbs.
The main waist strap has a pocket on each side which I used for gels/sweets.
The main backpack compartment also has a few netted compartments, which I put a first aid kit and a spare tube in. There is room for a jacket, sarnies and some space left if you wanted to take some additional clothing. Compression straps on the sides mean the pack can be compacted down once filled. Underneath is a pull-out rain cover.
All in all a nice bit of gear.Posted 4 years ago
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