Prepare for the best.

A long ride without plenty of water and gear doesn't sound like a good time. The DAKINE Apex Hydration Pack holds all you need for an afternoon ride and a little extra so you can roll into the desert prepared. The 100-ounce bladder, bite valve, and quick-disconnect hose deliver water to your parched palate. The back panel's zip bladder pocket helps simply the refilling process, and 1600cu inches of pockets and convenient straps effectively store everything else for your afternoon assault.

  • Highly ventilated back panel and shoulder straps breathe as you pedal toward another high-speed descent
  • Removable waist belt and sliding sternum strap secure the pack during countless drops and berms
  • Fleece-lined goggle or sunglass pocket secures your eyewear
  • Front helmet carry system attaches a full-face or regular XC helmet and bottom straps attach body armor when not in use
  • Interior pump and tube sleeves and organization keep your tools where you can get to them quick
  • Large main compartment easily holds a lunch and an extra layer

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5 5

Awesome Backpack

I bought this for my rides on my motorcycle. I wanted something fairly small, with a camel pack and with enough room to carry a few things. It's perfect. Lots of storage is available and you can fit alot in even though it looks small. I take it to work, the gym, canyon rides, and beach rides. Great ventilation system on the back to so it don't get to hot back there. I'm in Cali and it is deathly hot and its still comfortable for me. Great quality and would highly recommend.

5 5

Awesome Pack

Hands down the best backpack I have ever owned. I've had this backpack for 4 years now. It has endured 3 seasons of freeriding, me eating it countless times on a skateboard and going down twice on a motorcycle. It hasn't ripped a single time. This backpack is the perfect size for almost anything. I liked it so much that after 2 years I even sent a letter to dakine telling them how great of a job they did =).

5 5


I have been using this pack for a few months now and love the fit and features.
It carries armor, fullface and crosscountry helmets, tubes, tools, water and whatever else you need for a full day on the trails. This thing is bomber and well organized like all Dakine packs. I had the Nomad for a while and found it to be too small, I am loving the Apex and highly recommend it.

5 5

great pack

Have used this pack for a few weeks now and have really enjoyed it. Would recommend to anyone.

4 5

DAKINE APEX By pablovent

I`ve been using the pack for three weeks and what I first notice is that the quality is excellent, the hydration system is pretty good and the medium size is really comfortable. the only con that I found is that it has too much pockets and it does not has a large one.

4 5

Very nice backpack!

I love this backpack because it has lots of room, lots of pockets, looks cool and has its own hydration pack inside. I am using this pack for light hiking/camping and it works great! I am sure it is an awesome pack for anything really.

5 5

Great pack!

I bought this to upgrade from my smaller Camelback and couldn't be happier. This thing has a giant main pocket, a really easy to organize mid pocket and a bunch of smaller pockets, 3 of which are lined with soft cloth for glasses, goggles, etc. I think my favorite part about this pack though is it's ability to carry my helmet and armor. Just a lot nicer to not have to wear my knee pads or helmet on a 20 minute section of hiking in the scorching Arizona summer heat.

4 5

Versatile Hydration Pack

This is my first Dakine pack and they did not disappoint. I like it way more than my Camelbak. Plenty of little pockets to sort all of your stuff. This thing works great for DH and XC rides, as well as day hikes and skiing (just be aware your hose will freeze). I managed to strap my skis to it A-frame style. Good ventilation and a superior designed bite valve. Its open/close design is way better than Camelbak's. The only thing I noticed is that if the bite valve is left in the open position, it sometimes leaks water, hence the four stars. I just lock it closed and don't worry about it. Definitely a solid pack. A no brainer if its on Chainlove.

Unanswered Question

Can I store a 14 inch notebook inside?

Can I store a 14 inch notebook inside?
A laptop sleeve would be great, but anything well cushioned might work!

5 5

Killer Pack!

I guide mountain biking trips in the sierras for kids and I will tell you that I will never use a different bag for the job. I carry food for 2-3 people at a time, a full tool setup, a substantial first aid kit, 2-3 heavy duty tubes, 100 oz of water and usually an extra water bottle or so and this pack just swallows it all. If you want a pack you can stuff with gear and feel comfortable, this is the pack.

4 5

Rad bag with good functionality

I used this bag on a two week hiking trip. Haven't used it for biking. The Dakine Nomad is too small, so I upgraded to this bag on sale from backcountry outlet for $79. The front compartment has real good mesh pockets to keep things separated and makes items easy to access. The small side pockets are really handy and not offered on the nomad. The only complaint is the straps that hold your helmet in place have to be unbuckled to get into the main pockets, so it's a small hassle but works well for bag compression. I'm 6'2" and found the back to sit high and small, but that's a good thing in a biking bag. The water reservoir has a nice clip on the shoulder strap to keep the mouthpiece in place. Water stayed cold for a long time, even on desert hikes. the straps on the bottom for leg armor is also handy for sleeping bags and towels. Sunglasses pocket at the top of the bag is pretty clutch. Also good for cameras. Overall a real versatile bag that i'd reccomend. (black color is kind've boring)

5 5

makes me happy!

at first i thought ....DAMN! this might be overkill!!.........but down here in southern Louisiana its been Freekin HOT!!! i have only been able to use it twice so far and with the heat index its been 105 to 110 degrees!! and humid.....comparable to a sauna! the bag is great! it has a 100 oz water capacity! and when its african hot like its been its well worth having. it even managed to keep the water cool on a 30 mile bike ride! the back part has a cool vent system which really makes a bit of a difference, it allows some air to flow through the hot sweaty back area. and i can never have enough compartments and pockets! this has plenty. 4 of them, with a lil stretching can be reached without removing the bag. perfect for a camera and on my New orleans rides a small gun or some mace. JUST IN CASE!

5 5

Big Bag

I like to bring a lot of gear, food, cell phone, etc. this thing is huge. lots of zippers and pouches and pockets. most of all i like the comfort. i had a camelback hawg and wrote off hydration packs cause it was so uncomfortable. i rigged up an old mountain hardware bag for a while, but ended up breaking down and getting an apex. should have done it a long time ago. huge bladder and room for tubes and candy and tools and food.

hi, is this backpack waterproof? will be...

hi, is this backpack waterproof? will be riding in the rain.

Responded on

Not so much waterproof as water-resistant. If you are riding in anything but torrential downpours, your stuff shouldn't get wet at all, but don't dunk it in a puddle or anything.

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I had to cross a river and tried to hold it out of the water. It dipped in a couple times. everything was pretty soaked

5 5

Perfect multi use bag

Awesome bag. I use it for all hydration pack needs. Everything from hiking and freeriding, to carrying books and such for school, and as a solid carry on while flying. The straps at the bottom are great for carrying not only amour, but towels at the beach, or a fleece for layering while hiking. The small side pockets for cell phone and camera are very convenient. You don't have to take off the pack to access them. Only complaint would be that the main storage area is not quite as big as I thought it would be. A zippered expansion would be a nice feature.