Hydration backpacks for cycling

 

A hydration backpacks for cycling is, like indicated by its name, a type of backpack specially designed to the mountain bike practice. It is convenient to use it for several reasons:

It fits perfectly to the back of the cyclist, which in long routes does not cause the appearing of pains in the lumbar zone. Besides, it fits in an amazing way to the contour of the body, which attached to the zippers, handles and other fastening elements of the backpack, makes that carrying it results very natural and not uncomfortable (unlike conventional backpacks).

The inside space is optimized with numerous compartments and pockets. This way it is easier and more practical to storage certain objects like energy bars, gels, money, cell phone, or accessories to repair flat tires.

The sweat does not accumulate, which makes it not so unpleasant to you to route, or that you get a cold if you stop. Besides, many of them are waterproof, so the objects you keep on the inside will not get wet.

There is a special compartment in which a bag with water can be stored. This has a little handle that comes out to the exterior of the backpack, and at the end of it there is a nozzle that allows us to drink the liquid in the bag. This way we can carry more water than usual and it will be fresh.

What are the existing brands?

– B’Twin. It is one of the most inexpensive options that exist, but is also one of the least technologically advanced. My hydration backpack for cycling is precisely of this particular brand.

Camelbak. It is the brand for antonomasia for these products, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is the one who offers more variety. 

– Dakine. It is a little unknown option, but not less valid because of that. It presents a great number of products and possibilities.

– Evoc. It is like Camelback, the one with more variety of hidration backpacks for cycling in its catalogue, but in here is not so well known.

– Hydrapak. Probably it is Camelback’s most known alternative, but it is not so popular and does not have as much variety.

– Mavic. It is one of the brands with greatest cyclist tradition. It has a catalogue a little bit short regarding to backpacks, but these are still interesting.

– Osprey. No doubt this is one of the most complete options when choosing a backpack.

– Scott. Best known for its bicycle manufacturer facet, Scott is a giant that manufactures all type of products for cycling (as for other sports). From my point of view it is the best choice to Camelback.

– Shimano. This is one of the most powerful brands that have within its range of accessories several models quite attractive.

How to choose a Hydration backpacks for cycling

Water bag

The water bag is one of the critical aspects by which these backpacks are bought. The capacity is highly variable ranking, usually, from one to three liters.  Depending on the weather when you go out, the capacity that you have for replenish your hydration, if your bike allows you to take one or two drums, if you count with big drums and the distance you usually cover, you may interest the backpack that is capable of supporting one load or another.

Load capacity

For my preferences this is the second of the critical aspects. Usually the load capacity is measured in liters, and it usually tends to be the same as the water bag (i.e. the backpacks with great water bags, they can store many things by volume). From six liters you can count with a backpack that adapts to long routes, for the majority of users. Everything above that (10, 12, etc.) will be ideal backpacks for carrying out stages and very long trainings, that require you to bear with a lot of material (a change of clothes, food, tools, maps, etc.).

Pockets distribution

The pocket distribution is something that from my point of view is very important. A backpack can count with a great load capacity but then having a very bad space assignment, mixing together even what it is reserved to the water hump and the rest of the utensils. Given the type of use you want to give it (for adventure, traveling, training or competition) and the class of objects you want to carry on it, you should pay attention to topics like:

  • Number and size of pockets
  • Presence of areas specially reserved for tools and nutrition
  • Mini-pockets specific for keys, identification cards or money
  • Special external mesh, special to carry windbreaks or similar objects

Pads

The pads that reinforce every backpack are essentials; they will cause that the zone that is in contact with the back results less bothering as the kilometers pass, as well as the handles zone, and also that will favor some humps to be more or less fresh. In this sense, the highest quality parts usually stand out over the more simple ones. The pads, for my personal taste, don’t have to be excessively soft (as they tend to warp themselves) nor excessively hard (as they are uncomfortable), so looking for an intermediate touch will be the most convenient.

Used materials

Just like any other complement or wardrobe piece, the materials used are an element to consider. In the last few years, the low-end parts have improved considerably, making the differences between the different ranges and brands to be smaller each time. But, there are still some barriers that separate the best backpacks from the worst, regarding perspiration, durability and ease of cleaning, etc.

Personal advices for you hydration backpack for cycling

Before finishing, I’d like to give some personal advices if you are looking some backpacks of this type:

Nowadays, many new (and not so new) cyclists tend to consider that the backpacks with greater capacity (of load and water) are better than the rest and therefore are the most convenient to use. This is not all true, since although many brands make a special emphasis when they manufacture and sell their bigger backpacks (among other things, because they are more expensive), not always they have to be the best for everyone. Put your personal interests before the backpack size.

Usually, with a three-liter water hump you will be capable to make very long routes without having to worry about supplies (keep in mind that the water drums normally have a maximum capacity of 750 ml). These backpacks are the best for making really long stages, in very arid climates, for double suspension bikes that don’t allow two drums or for travels. The two-liters ones usually adjust for a greater number of users, because they are light, valid for competition, for making long routes, ideals for hot weather and ultimately valid for almost everything. The ones with one liter or less, are for those users that really want some hydration (without this liquid being affected for the room temperature), although this is not their biggest worry. They are ideals for who really wants to compete in races, bringing only some repair tools and extra liquids, and so not having to stop too much at the supplies.

The pads, while they have to be well designed for the back, for me they are especially critical at the area of the handles, as it is there where many models and low range brands usually disappoint. The worse the padding is, more annoying will be the backpack as more weight is taken.

Nowadays, and even more, there are many brands that work in this field (Poc, Evoc, Scott, Osprey, Mavic, Zefal, Fox, Shimano, B’Twin, etc.) giving excellent results, but the one who really continues winning is Camelback. It is the most famous, the most widespread in stores and also the most used nowadays. I’m not suggesting you to buy a backpack from this brand, but if you don’t know this market really well; this is a very good starting point.

At least, I give a lot of importance to the fact that these hydration backpacks for cycling have independent sections and auxiliary pockets specifically for tools and also for keys, as their location will be much easier and makes everything to be more agile and smooth.

As to the zippers necessary to make the backpack safe and comfortable, it is enough that it has two (one at the chest level and another at the waist), which usually most of the current backpacks have them.

Below there is a list with the best hidration backpacks you can buy, this way you can also consider one of these when you go to the store to buy your backpack.

CamelBak 2016 M.U.L.E
CamelBak 2016 Hydrobak
Tactical Hydration Pack Backpacks
Hydration Pack with 1.5 L Backpack Water Bladder

 

Models of Backpacks

Today there are many different models of backpacks, most buyers choose between one or other depending on the design or color and not look at other details that are also very important when choosing a backpack.

Backpack

 

One of the things we should think before buying a backpack is what kind of activity going to do, I mean, is to roam the countryside or town what we call “short distance”, or trekking a bit more technical and demanding that includes a camping trip, what we call “long distance”.

Short Hiking Backpack.

In this case and, if the activity is going to be a day, the first thing we look at is the capacity. For a hiking backpack day recommended is that their capacity not exceeding 35 liters (the capacity of a rucksack measured in liters, not in kilos, nope,!, Is also very important to look at the quality of the pads and the belt, because depending on this backpack will be more or less comfortable.

In the back you should have an area that does not contact with the back thus promoting perspiration. Today backpacks are very advanced in this area and offer many different designs, all designed for good breathability; still we must look at the width of the padding is not too big because if the backpack is quite separate from the body will have stability problems.

Size and tips backpacks.

The backpack faithful companion of adventures and misadventures of backpackers. In this article we will talk about the backpack itself and other practical details.

tips backpacks

The ideal size Most travelers choose to carry two backpacks: a large one with clothes and one small with valuables and everyday.

The small backpack can also be a fanny pack, a bandolier or whatever seems most comfortable, considering that going to take up most of the time. For a long trip, the backpack of clothes (large) must be as small as possible.

I have not heard anyone say “I should have brought a bigger backpack.” Go 30kg carrying two backpacks, while looking for a place to sleep, the sun shines and you besiege taxi drivers is a difficult experience to forget.

The hardiest and bravest travelers carry a backpack of 30 to 40 liters, silent for four days and only the clothes strictly necessary (given the climate of the countries that we visited).

A size between 40 and 60 liters is what brings most people, but now that we have 10 months of travel can say that would have been more practical to a smaller one.

Theme Backpacks

The various themens backpacks are a very important choice for all students, that is where they take their books and personal belongings throughout the school year. Here we show you the different styles and designs that exist.

backpack

1. Large Backpack If you need a school backpack with more space, this is a great option as it can save all the material you require in school and even other accessories like an umbrella.

 

2. Cross Backpack This is one of the most modern school bags, and many also have a special compartment for cell, although it is an option for those who do not require the use of many books, because it is so comfortable.

 

3. Cartoon Cartoon backpacks never go out of style, plus your child will be more excited about going to school with a school bag of your favorite cartoon, that will surely be very happy.

 

4. Ergonomics If you’re worried about your child’s health there are also a new ergonomic school backpacks, back and caring health of your child to prevent pain from carrying so much weight.

 

5. Suitcase Style School backpacks style suitcase that besides being a great help, also retain a more classic style and come in sober colors for those schools that are a little stricter.

 

6. Suitcase Style School backpacks style suitcase that besides being a great help, also retain a more classic style and come in sober colors for those schools that are a little stricter.