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It can be tough to make room for everything you need on an all-day ride. Tools, food, and extra clothing can take up quite a bit of room, and that's before you fill up on water. More than just a hydration pack, the Fox Portage Pack provides ample storage for long rides. The Portage Pack even has room for dual hydration reservoirs, so you'll know that once the first one is empty you better be halfway there or it's time to turn around.

The most important aspect of a hydration pack is, of course, hydration. The Fox Portage Pack comes with the Hydrapak reservoir. The Hydrapak features a locking bite valve to prevent dripping during your ride, and its Plug and Play hose is removable to make cleaning easier. The Hydrapak's most innovative feature, however, is the slide seal closure system. Our two biggest gripes with hydration reservoirs have always been difficulty opening them and difficulty cleaning them. The Hydrapak kills both birds with one easy-to-use system that opens the whole top of the reservoir.

The Portage doesn't just keep you hydrated, but sets out to keep you from losing a ton of fluid in the first place. Every part of the Portage pack that touches you, except the waist belt, is mesh. The curved back panel's perforated mesh padding is interrupted by strategically placed air channels that allow air to flow over your back to keep you cool and dry. Even the contoured shoulder straps are made with cushioned air mesh to promote air flow and wick moisture away for added comfort.

Speaking of comfort, there are times before, after, and sometimes during the ride when your hot, heavy full-face helmet just isn't necessary, so Fox added cinch-down straps to the outside of the Portage for your helmet and body armor. The large main compartment is big enough for your rain jacket, snacks, and a light lunch. The Portage also has a fleece-lined media/sunglasses pocket with a dedicated headphone-cord port.

The Fox Portage Hydration Pack comes in one size and is available in Camo or Black. The Hydrapak reservoir is included.

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pack for my husband so he'd actually take and drink water during his 6-8 hour dirt bike rides. He was skeptical at first, but agreed to try it out. "I'm fine. I drink when we break near the car. I hate riding with backpacks; they flop all over the place and mess with your center of gravity." I got his at outlet pricing, which made it a little easier to justify. (I saw it even lower at one point, but deliberated with myself too long and missed out!)

He came home and said he was sold. He now takes it every time he rides. I packed a small but complete first aid kit (~2 lb) for him to keep in it. He definitely notices that there's weight back there, but with all the compression straps, it stays pretty centered and stable as he tosses himself and the bike around. The Portage comfortably holds his water, the first aid kit, and snacks for four people when we go out as a family.

He has come home covered in mud, but the backpack wipes /shakes off pretty easily once the mud dries.

If I see it again at the outlet price, or with a good coupon, I'd definitely buy it again, but I'm not sure it's $100 special.