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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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.
Hydration packs are great 1st trip out……then comes the cleaning and drying! 🤯 I prefer bottles in pack side pockets.
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
*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.
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.
Dork disc on a bike and hip pack on my waste, thats the way to go😝😎😂
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.
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
it is. i do
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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.
Hydration packs are for the WATER. Using them for tools etc. is a bonus.
Especially since I live in Texas
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.
My bike doesn’t have holes for a bottle cage
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👍
Can I have the cush core chilling in the back lol
I’m not a Pro, so I’m sticking with my hydration pack…
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!
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.
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
Please 😏 Hydration pack or nothing 🤙🏻
Under 20 miles leave it at home. Over 20 miles you better bring it or die.
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.
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 !
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.
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
I carry a pillowcase full of doorknobs because i’m not one of those pussies that brag about how light their bikes is.
Cougars should carry a hydration pack #ky
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.
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?
long rides require food and water, so thats an essential tool
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
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.
I live in Florida so you kinda need one especially for longer rides! I also can keep my multi tool in it!
I only ride park.
Just asking, does the saddle bag really harm the dropper post? I use a small one that tucks up really close to the saddle.
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
I wear my camel back everywhere…biking, hiking, to the bathroom, grocery store, work, while i watch TV, etc. and im still cool 😎
Dude my pack has saved my back many a times!!! Pack Gang
I rock a hydration pack… And call it what you will a fanny pack is still lame unless your a grandpa
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.
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.
Dorky? No. Heavy, hot and cumbersome, yes. I’m watching your video to make the transition from a pack, to frame mounted stuff.
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.
Long rides= osprey hydration pack
short rides= specialized S.W.A.T. is the shiznit bam bizzle!
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.
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.
Just chuck it all in your wicker basket like everyone else!
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
In the thumbnail what hydration pack is that
Ive found that a helicopter hovering above me at all times is a good solutiong to holding all of your tools and water.