MTB Hydration Packs – Are They Lame? (To Wear or Not to Wear…)

MTB Hydration Packs – Are They Lame? (To Wear or Not to Wear…)

There are certain things you should probably bring with you on a trail ride. Usually, the bare essentials consist of water, a pump or CO2, tube, tire levers, and a multi-tool. Now that you’ve collected your key survival pieces, how are you going to bring them along for the ride? Depending on who you ride with and what you see online, it can get a bit confusing figuring out the best option for carrying your gear. In this video, we explain a few of the popular options. Check it out!

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  1. Wild Outdoor Living on June 30, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I think I might try the fanny pack route this year. It is funny though, going down the no pack rabbit hole you spend a lot of time trying to figure out where to put this or that. One day it just dawns on you… I could just throw that in my pack.

  2. Rob Hernandez on June 30, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Hydration packs are great 1st trip out……then comes the cleaning and drying! 🤯 I prefer bottles in pack side pockets.

  3. Психолог Николай Лу on June 30, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    For me hydropack (with the bladder and water in it) acts as a spine protector also in case i crash, thats kind of main reason i wear it and not just for water

  4. Arctic Gator on June 30, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    *riding in desert in arizona, reaches for water bottle, crashes, slides down 115 ft embankment into thorny brush, breaks leg, have half a water bottle, dies from dehydration after the 2nd day" is the kind of scenario i imagine could happen where with hydration packs you can carry a ton of water and other essentials that just might increase your survival chances should you end up a lot farther in the wilderness than you expected and something goes ass up.

  5. generationfourth on June 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    lately on short rides I like having a larger 25 oz bottle on the frame and all the essentials in a small frame bag from Bedrock. Tried doing the velcro thing and pump mounts but you can’t strap everything to your bike. So frame bag it is. Hydration or hip packs really mess with my balance when getting rowdy. But I’ll definitely use them when needed.

  6. Ville Lahtinen on June 30, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Dork disc on a bike and hip pack on my waste, thats the way to go😝😎😂

  7. Darth Father on June 30, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Once i took pumps, spares, tools, foods and what not with me. Noticed pretty soon carrying crap just gets to heavy. Now days I only take phone, cash and one co2 taped to bike. If that fails ill take a phone and call help. Carrying all the junk just ruins the fun for me.

  8. John Smith on June 30, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Water bottle on bike if your in hot weather for prolong ride it will not be nearly enough fluid backpack smaller the better but must have

  9. byknphil k on June 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    it is. i do

  10. BEST OF THE NAVY on June 30, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Like for fanny pack

    Comment for hydration pack

  11. Superbike373 on June 30, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I would rather have a low cg pack than have shit strapped all over the place rattling and scratching up my bike. Yet I only carry it if I am more than about 5 miles from my truck. Always have the essentials or everything depending on the ride.

  12. Tracy Krznar on June 30, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Hydration packs are for the WATER. Using them for tools etc. is a bonus.

    Especially since I live in Texas

  13. Charles Dearie on June 30, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I always use the Osprey Raptor 14 so I can carry my full face helmet and jacket on my back during long climbs. The Raptor 14 has the two top quick release straps that go through the bottom of the helmet and out the front. Essentially the straps grab the chin bar. This pack easily holds a liter of H2O for a normal ride and two liters for all day adventures. In short, call me a dorky donkey because I will always ride with my Raptor on my back.

  14. Migatron1 on June 30, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    My bike doesn’t have holes for a bottle cage

  15. chris calomino on June 30, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Besides carrying water food tools and essentials hydration packs are great for spine protection. Love my EVOC 12L i crashed in sedona and it saved my back in a rocky section. Clown me all u want but I like the protection and ease of use👍

  16. dylan simpson on June 30, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Can I have the cush core chilling in the back lol

  17. tony p on June 30, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    I’m not a Pro, so I’m sticking with my hydration pack…

  18. Critical Reaction on June 30, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve wore a hydration pack for years and it’s one of the best inventions since sliced bread in my opinion…..HYDRATION PACKS FOR LIFE!!!!!!…..Never follow!…Lead!

  19. Brandon Lee on June 30, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t use water bottles(clunky and fall out). I would love to not use a pack, but if the ride is longer than 30minutes I’m sorry, don’t blame me when you need to borrow some storage space or cough. Water. Never seemed to bother me, I wear a pink mtb Jersey, pink gloves, and I don’t really care what you run.

  20. Dr4g0nW00d on June 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Summer times camelback is coming out again carrying 3-liter water on 4 hours ride is very good even than I carry 2 extra bottles one with Hydro tab contains electrolytes the other is a carb drink

  21. RAT BURL BEER on June 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Please 😏 Hydration pack or nothing 🤙🏻

  22. Derek Taylor on June 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Under 20 miles leave it at home. Over 20 miles you better bring it or die.

  23. MTB Bros on June 30, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    i think it really depends on the type of rider, if you’re a youtuber or someone who likes filming videos, you’re probably going to need one for all the equipment, but if you’re a racer and trying to replicate how you would feel on race day, it might be better to go packless just because of freedom of movement and comfort, also cuts down a bit on weight. nice vid!! packs aren’t dorky at all.

  24. Oleg Petelevitch on June 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I just bought a raptor 10 ! I love them and use them to carry top tools not cheap shit ! Im 50 so riding from 6yrs old ! WHO CARES WHAT PEOPLE THINK ! RIDE BE HAPPY AND CONFORTABLE !

  25. Dan on June 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    For really long rides in the extreme cold, packs are a must, as even the insulated bottles freeze up. So I wear one under my jacket if I’m out for more than an hour.

  26. Jose David Quintero on June 30, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    I would like to ride with a hip pack just because it doesn’t cover the sweatiest part of your back, so I think it could be literally a cooler way to ride… still need to buy something

  27. TwisT on June 30, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I carry a pillowcase full of doorknobs because i’m not one of those pussies that brag about how light their bikes is.

  28. Eaton Pooter on June 30, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Cougars should carry a hydration pack #ky

  29. Cade M on June 30, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I bring go pro mounts and such but I ride bmx so mounting things on the bike is a no go. I have a backpack that supports a hydration pack but my dad said the big bag is getting in the way of my riding but at the same time I love to bring my multi tool and food because me and my friends are always hungry.
    Hydration bag?
    Keep my bag add hydration pack?
    Keep bag and add water bottle?
    If I do get a hydration bag which kind?
    If I get a water bottle (preferably metal) which one?

  30. George Sebastian on June 30, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    long rides require food and water, so thats an essential tool

  31. Keifer . Hutchings on June 30, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Don’t be a douche wear your hydration pack cuz I’m not going to share my water with you after a 1300 ft climb and another 5 miles to the end of the trail

  32. Matt Dickey on June 30, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I use hydration pack for trails and water bottle for road. Not enough water in a bottle for a good hard ride. Also easier to drink without stopping or slowing way down.

  33. Croomrider97 on June 30, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I live in Florida so you kinda need one especially for longer rides! I also can keep my multi tool in it!

  34. Kingfish 85 on June 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I only ride park.

  35. corey mclernon on June 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Just asking, does the saddle bag really harm the dropper post? I use a small one that tucks up really close to the saddle.

  36. Chris Nicholson on June 30, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    every one makes fun of me for all the extra stuff and spares i carry, until they need one of mine because im the only one who has it

  37. Vtard1 on June 30, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I wear my camel back everywhere…biking, hiking, to the bathroom, grocery store, work, while i watch TV, etc. and im still cool 😎

  38. Francisco Inzunza on June 30, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Dude my pack has saved my back many a times!!! Pack Gang

  39. Beau James on June 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I rock a hydration pack… And call it what you will a fanny pack is still lame unless your a grandpa

  40. Matt TeNgaio on June 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I like being able to drink water while wearing a full face helmet without having to take it off and I hate strapping shit to my bike. Hydration pack all the way.

  41. Phill Gordon on June 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I wore a hydration pack with 3 litre bladder for a long time. But I realised that although my pack had a ventilated back panel, it still made me too hot, made my back sweat too much, and made me more dehydrated. Also the bigger the pack, the more you carry! I’ve switched to the Evoc hip pack and I love it. My big pack was comfy but was still a weight on my back and shoulders. I love having a cooler, drier back and lower centre of gravity. A bottle on the bike and 1 litre in the Evoc bladder is plenty for me now, and the pack has bottle holders for longer rides. I agree that a backpack can save your back in a crash, but wearing a back protector does the same job.

  42. Casey Jones on June 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Dorky? No. Heavy, hot and cumbersome, yes. I’m watching your video to make the transition from a pack, to frame mounted stuff.

  43. WINSTONIAN on June 30, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    This isn’t a question to me. You can only carry so much water on your bike. If the ride is longer the rest has to go somewhere on your body. Period.

  44. Mark Hundley on June 30, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Long rides= osprey hydration pack

    short rides= specialized S.W.A.T. is the shiznit bam bizzle!

  45. Rinyotsu on June 30, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve experienced what it’s like to accidentally go out of the range a single water bottle gets me. I’m not interested in memorizing how far I have to go to get the next sip of water. I use a hydration pack nearly every single time I ride unless I know the ride will be less than a few blocks.

  46. cpt awesome on June 30, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Function over fashion.

    I just use a smaller 2L pack. Enough water for a good ride, and still has room for ass paper, tool, thin rain jacket and snacks.

    I can just picture the retards on the trail dying of thirst… But they look sooooo cool.

  47. Obi Wan on June 30, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Just chuck it all in your wicker basket like everyone else!

  48. 0 0 on June 30, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    People who worry about what other people choose to wear, are a joke anyways. Friends dont let friends be elitist douche bags. The same ones calling hydration packs "dorky" are the ones wearing bright yellow spandex "booty shorts" 😂 yes I realized that sounded hypocritical, but its true lol

  49. Taylor Prescott on June 30, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    In the thumbnail what hydration pack is that

  50. Sean Unrein on June 30, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Ive found that a helicopter hovering above me at all times is a good solutiong to holding all of your tools and water.