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Five hy­dra­tion packs that let you carry es­sen­tials into the woods com­fort­ably

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - by Matt Stet­son

Five hy­dra­tion packs that let you carry es­sen­tials into the woods com­fort­ably

Osprey Zealot 15 $190

The Zealot is a 15-l en­duro-fo­cused pack from Osprey. De­signed to carry every­thing, the pack comes with a 3-l reser­voir as well as a tool roll that stows in the bot­tom com­part­ment, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by an out­side zip­per. Osprey uses its Biostretch har­ness and hip belt to keep the pack tight to your body on rough trails. The reser­voir has baf­fles to keep wa­ter from slosh­ing around while you ride. The main com­part­ment is ac­ces­si­ble from the back panel, a great fea­ture if you are car­ry­ing a hel­met and/or pads in the ex­ter­nal pock­ets. ( in­

Camel­bak Pa­los LR 4 $115

The Pa­los is Camel­bak’s first moun­tain bike-spe­cific waist pack. It’s great if you don’t like hav­ing some­thing against your back on a hot day, or if you ride steep ter­rain and don’t want your pack rid­ing up. The Pa­los comes with Camel­bak’s new Crux LR reser­voir that boasts 20 per cent more wa­ter per sip. A mag­netic tube trap helps keep your drink­ing tube from bounc­ing around. The pack also comes with an in­te­grated tool roll in case a trail­side re­pair is in or­der. With 2.5 l of stor­age, there is plenty of room in the Pa­los for an ex­tra layer or lunch. (

MEC Moun­tain Foun­tain 5 $69

The MEC Moun­tain Founta in 5 is a min­i­mal style 5- l pack that comes equipped with a 2-l Hy­drapak reser­voir. A re­mov­able hose al­lows you to fill the reser­voir while keep­ing the drink­ing hose at­tached to the shoul­der straps. A per­fo­rated-foam back panel with mesh over­lay keeps the sweat from build­ing too quickly on your back, while the Dwr-treated Cor­dura pack ma­te­rial keeps wa­ter out. The pack has two com­part­ments, in­clud­ing one large main sec­tion as well as a smaller pocket with a key loop. There are also ex­te­rior bungee cords for at­tach­ing ex­tra lay­ers or gear. (

Mis­sion Workshop The Hauser $289 (14 l)

The Hauser pack from San Fran­cisco-based com­pany Mis­sion Workshop stands out thanks to its sleek wa­ter­proof de­sign that in­cludes four ex­te­rior pock­ets, all equipped with wa­ter­proof zip­pers, and a roll-top clo­sure. The bag is avail­able in 11 colours, in­clud­ing camo. It is avail­able in both 10-l and 14-l sizes that both fit up to a 3-l reser­voir, ei­ther from Camel­bak, Hy­drapak, Platy­pus or Osprey. Both the waist belt straps and the shoul­der straps are ad­justable. You can also re­move the waist strap depend­ing on your pref­er­ence, which makes the pack com­fort­able no mat­ter how much gear you need to carry. ( mis­sion­work­

Dakine Low Rider 5I 17s $80

The Low Rider is Dakine’s 5-l waist pack that is great for car­ry­ing the es­sen­tials you need on the trail. Its 2-l Hy­drapak reser­voir keeps your wa­ter low on your body and off your back, while the mesh side pan­els keep things breezy. With the reser­voir full, you still have room to fit a flat kit and tool roll in the main com­part­ment. The bag also has a fleece-lined and padded cell­phone pocket, so if you take a spill, the dis­rup­tion to the satel­lite-sig­nal re­cep­tion (for record­ing your ride on Strava) should be min­i­mal. Ex­ter­nal ad­just­ment straps help to com­press the bag when your reser­voir emp­ties and/or hold an ad­di­tional layer if needed. (

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