Fanny packs can get some laughs, cause yeah they are a little goofy. But, c'mon, you're mountain biking. Its sorta goofy in general, might as well embrace it. Heres what I like and don't like about this pack.
- Having nothing on your shoulders. At this point, I'm a pretty die hard fanny pack fan mostly because of this. They keep your back free to wick and dry faster.
- Having the pack down lower also brings your center of gravity lower.
- I can honestly fit my entire tool pack (levers, tube, c02 cartridge & head, tubeless repair, a patch kit, multi tool), a Patagonia Houdini jacket for chillier weather, a full 1.5L bladder, a headlamp, and multiple snacks. Surprisingly impressive how much can fit in it.
- The 1.5L bladder is plenty for me, though I have a buddy who replaced his with a 2L and it fit no problem. I previously rocked the Dakine Hot Laps pack which has a waterbottle holder, but no hydration hose. The hose is pretty rad to be able to drink it on the fly and the magnetic clip isn't hard to pull off or put back on while still riding.
- With a full water load, it can bounce around a bit, especially if you don't fully cinch it down. The straps also somewhat like to loosen up a bit, might have to get a bit DIY to sew some velcro to keep the straps tight.
- This seems obvious, but you have to take off the hydration hose to take the pack off your hips. If they could figure out a retractable hose of some sort on one side or the other, it would be game over for other fanny packs.
If you're looking to compact your pack load and lose the shoulder straps, try this out, you won't have any regrets doing so. If you have any other questions on it, don't hesitate giving a shout to my email firstname.lastname@example.org or direct line 801.204.4547 and I'd be happy to help!