All posts tagged: Hydration

Enduro Pack? Fanny Pack? Lumbar Bag? – Dakine Hot Laps 5L Review

Kind of like runners always searching for the perfect shoe or motorheads looking for the next engine tweak it seems like mountain bikers are constantly searching for a better way to carry their tools, food and water on the trail. The options are limitless. Lately an option from 30 years ago has come back into style: fanny packs. The Dakine Hot Laps 5L takes the basic concept of a fanny pack, or Enduro Pack, or Lumbar Bag, whatever makes you feel less embarrassed, and puts it on steroids (pardon my road racing pun). The Hot Laps 5L adds a full hydration system, cooling vents, internal storage pockets and a clever synching system. Features Starting from the outside, the Dakine Hot Laps 5L features a well thought out belt system. The large buckle features a single-sides cinch system and a handy elastic keeper for the slack strap. Attached to the strap is a large padded area that reaches around an average sized pair of hips. The padding along the sides and back also features engineered venting …

Review: One Year with the CamelBak Rogue Hydration Pack

Living in North Carolina, I have thousands of miles of mountain bike trails throughout the state and the one thing I never want to be without is water. When I first started riding, I tried taking a single water bottle, only to drink it all in less than an hour on hot summer days. Cutting your ride short because you run out of water is never fun, and I felt it was time to get serious and invest in a hydration pack. CamelBak is a brand that has been around since 1988, and they are known for making packs specifically for mountain biking. The CamelBak Rogue Hydration Pack is the one I went with and have used it on every ride I’ve been on since it arrived. The CamelBak Rogue features an 85oz reservoir, Leak-Proof On/Off Valves, a top zippered pocket, and a bottom pocket perfect for your car keys, a multi tool, or anything else you need to carry that’s small. The back flap lifts up to expose the hydration bladder which features a …

Camelbak Podium VS a Regular Water Bottle

Many water bottles today look not that much different from the water bottles of 30 or 40 years ago. They have a pull-up valve, a cap and a bottle. Not much to write home about. It’s a simple but effective solution for delivering water to your mouth while riding. But can it be improved? The Camelbak Podium bottle attempts to take on some of the shortcomings of regular water bottle designs to build a better water bottle. I’ll give you my take on how well it has tackled this task in this review. Design Differences The Camelback Podium’s design is unique from the top down. At the top is Camelbacks self-sealing Jet Valveā„¢ that uses the pressure of the water in the bottle to release the flow of water. This isn’t the same as a bite valve that you might be familiar with on hydration packs. You don’t need to clamp down with your teeth in order to open the valve. You also don’t need to pull on the valve with your teeth like you …

Platypus Hoser 3.0L Hydration Bladder Review

Like many mountain bikers I wear a backpack with a hydration bladder on almost every ride. I find backpacks with water to be the most comfortable and convenient way to stay hydrated on the trail. A bonus is I never need to worry about how many water bottle holders I have on a given frame. The Platypus Hoser 3.0L has been serving as my hydration bladder in my Osprey Daylight pack that I most often ride with. At around $25, it’s an extremely affordable system. So I kept that in mind while testing. The Hoser has a very simple bladder construction with a handle on the closed end for easy carrying and easy to read measurements along the bladder itself. This handle has come in handy many times when lugging water round while it is out of the pack and I’ve even hung the bladder up in my van during long road trips for easy access. The opposite end features a screw top closure that has proven very durable and leak free. This screw top …

TETON Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Review

I’ve been riding for close to 20 years and one of the best investments I’ve made is a good hydration backpack. You can keep your eyes on the trail while drinking, store your car keys or food, and hold enough water for hours of riding. I consider wearing a hydration pack as important as wearing a helmet because getting dehydrated in the middle of a ride is not a fun experience and should be avoided at all costs. If you are looking for an affordable good quality hydration backpack then the TETON Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Liter Hydration Backpack aims to be an answer. Teton Sports Trailrunner Features The hydration pack is very lightweight weighing less than a pound dry and can hold up to 2 liters (70 ounces) of liquid. The biggest feature is its size and how comfortably it fits on your back. Once on, it sits high on your back above any jersey pockets and below your bike helmet. Right in the comfortable sweet spot. This pack would be great for not only …