Po­laris Aquanought wa­ter­proof bum­bag £44.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Bum­bags are right in the fir­ing line of rear wheel spray, so the wa­ter­proof fab­ric Po­laris have used on the Aquanought makes a lot of sense. The bag’s sim­ple con­struc­tion and wa­ter­proof zip lower the risk of wa­ter ingress and keep it fairly light. And it works, with our kit in­side the pack never get­ting wet dur­ing test­ing. When rid­ing, the wings at the sides, which have small zipped mesh pock­ets, add sta­bil­ity to the pack. At the front, the waist strap is rel­a­tively nar­row, which is fine most of the time, but a bit more depth would im­prove com­fort when the pack is heav­ily loaded. The rigid back panel does help com­fort and sta­bil­ity though, and means the con­tents never dig into your back. A light loop on the front and a carry han­dle are nice touches. Other than a sin­gle ba­sic, thin in­ter­nal pocket (ideally sized for a phone), there’s lit­tle in the way of tricks and fea­tures, but this keeps the price fairly sen­si­ble and makes it easy to use. Tom www.po­laris-bikewear.co.uk

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