Mountain Bike Pack Reviews
The search for singletrack can sometimes take you beyond your local trail centre or mtb park and when you are out exploring, having your essentials on board for your out and back journey, need to be readily available.
The packs below represent some of the most popular models for the trail/AM rider. Large enough to carry water, food, clothing and tools/spares for a full day’s ride.
The pioneer of mtb hydration packs, the MULE is one of the originals and is a pack that continues to perform amongst a wave of rivals. The MULE is my pack of choice, which is a testament to its build quality and performance, now in its 10th year (with the old school design and logo)!
A company known for its quality luggage and protectives across a number of outdoor sports, the Dakine Nomad is quality pack built for form and function. It has a large capacity of 18L +3L, useful for extra equipment such as camera gear.
The hot new German brand that is making headway into the mtb community, have a large selection of mtb performance bags and luggage. The EVOC CC 16L has mesh and channel ventilation and accommodates a hydration bladder of up to 3L. Available in Green, White and Black
Osprey Zealot is a pack straight out of the testing lab and trails of southern Colorado. The design of this pack has taken it many learning’s from previous models to create a well thought through pack and bladder design, to suit the trail rider’s needs. Key features are a bladder included and an almost unbelievable lifetime warranty on their products, that is reason alone to seriously consider Osprey packs.
Fox is no stranger to mtb riders with their products, athletes, sponsorships and advertising being prominent in most mountain bike industry related media. The Oasis pack is their long ride day pack with a significant design improvement of the previous version, concentrating on functional details rather than over stylized rubbish.
This pack and its pressurized hydration system allows water to flow freely rather than the bite and suck technique. Recently crowned best product of the Outdoor retailer trade show, this is a worthy contender to consider for your next mtb hydration pack purchase.
The great divide pack, named after the mammoth trail, is large pack for all day and multi day trips. One of the largest packs reviewed here, its 24L capacity, plus the inclusion of a 3L bladder is well suited to 1-2 day epic mtb rides. The convenient side mesh pockets on the belt ensure easier access to food/gels when on the move.
From the German outdoor pack experts Deuter, the compact air is that ideal size everyday riding, small enough for the go to bag for a quick ride on the local trails, yet large enough for longer all day missions. Note bladder is not supplied but can handle a 3L .
The tracer series of bags cascades the same design aesthetic across their various capacity range. The 12L version is well suited to the all day rides. With its clean design and added features such as padded belt and rain cover, the tracer 12 provides a great alternative when selecting a mountain bike hydration pack.
For further information of what to kit your pack out with for longer epic rides, this post here gives a good overview of the items required.