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Protects your spine as well as your sense of style.
If it's not enough that Evoc set the pack and bike-transport world ablaze with its revolutionary German-engineered, spine-saving FR Protector series of hydration packs, they had to go and up the ante with the FR Enduro Blackline Protector Hydration Pack.
So named for its distinct and sleek styling, the Blackline is hardly just a styling statement — it's built to last. Like many other Evoc packs, this one is made primarily of an ultra-tough and water-resistant blend of PU-coated ripstop nylons, tarpaulin, and neoprene. The result is an amazingly light but bombproof pack, and that's only the beginning.
For breathability, the Blackline uses 3D Air Mesh along its paneled backing, and even the elastic Airo Flex waistband is micro-permeated to bring in the breeze. For all your gear, there are stretchy side pockets, and a swing-open tool compartment, along with the large main storage area and multiple external straps to carry your helmet, pads, or other gear. The pack doesn't include a hydration bladder, but because this pack is all about keeping you going for long days on the trail, it's ready to accept one up to three liters in size.
No description of an Evoc Protector pack would be complete without highlighting the technology that gives it its namesake. All Protector packs are CE-certified with Evoc's LiteShield back protector, a system featuring a super-light pad with an EPS core and foam damping layers that reduce shock to the spine by up to 95% in the event of an accident. Completely replaceable in the event of being damaged, the ISP (Integrated Spine Protection) plate and its associated materials only add approximately 150 grams to each pack into which the system is integrated, making the decision just that much easier for riders who ride hard and push their limits.
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- Q & A
One Bad Mother
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Evoc Blackline is the best, murdered out with a touch of fluoro green. This is the main reason I went for the Blackline over Evoc's other offerings. You won't notice the back protector until you are looking up at the sky from the flat of your back after going OTB, and at that point, you will be really appreciative of it. Storage for days, all you could need for a full day biking and then some. Evoc claims you can carry a full face in the helmet carrier, I doubt it.
THIS PACK DOES NOT COME WITH A RESERVOIR, but it does easily fit a 3L reservoir.
This pack's breathability isn't anything to write home about, but I am much more used to riding sans pack, so maybe I am jaded. All and all, if you are looking for a bike specific pack, this is the one for you.
This pack won't make you a better rider, but it will make you LOOK like one.