A question that we’re often asked at Wheelbase HQ is ‘how do you carry all of your stuff?’ Now, what I consider carrying on a daily ride doesn’t usually contain everything including the kitchen sink but it usually consists of a multi-tool, inner-tube, pump, tyre levers, tyre boot patches, a quick link, energy gels and/or bars and either a gilet or a lightweight waterproof jacket. This is what I’d consider as my necessities to get me out of trouble with Mother Nature and the inevitable flat tyre here in the Lake District where weather conditions can change very quickly, particularly when we’re riding at elevation.
A hip pack is ideal for all of the small essentials you need to access quickly.
Where to carry all of this kit is the question that quickly follows and my usual response is a hip pack! So why choose a hip pack, bum bag or ‘fanny pack’ as the Americans call it? It’s a great choice when you just need a little bit more carrying capacity but don’t want to commit to wearing a bulky backpack. Recently, our good friends down at Apidura have developed their very own hip pack as part of their Backcountry series and passed one on to us prior to its commercial release to allow us to put it through a long-term test in the challenging conditions of the Lake District.
A hip pack makes a great alternative to a heavier, more bulky backpack.
When I first laid eyes on the Apidura Backcountry 2.5 Litre Hip Pack it was immediately obvious that this was one of the most intricate and well thought out pieces of kit I’ve ever had the privilege of using. Starting off with the technical details here’s some defining features – the Backcountry Hip Pack is made from nylon ripstop; a rugged fabric made to Apidura’s own exacting specifications for durability and waterproofing. Designed specifically for the demands of off-road riding, this Apidura fabric is light weight, low stretch, with high resistance to abrasion and tearing. With waterproofing being a no-compromise requirement the Apidura Backcountry Hip Pack features taped seams to create a watertight seal helping ensure that the hip pack remains completely waterproof. Other key features include…
- Fully waterproof two-way one finger zipper providing convenient and easy access on the go
- Adaptive fit for waist sizes ranging from 70cm to 115cm (28 inches to 45 inches)
- Chain link zipper puller stores a spare chain link for emergency trailside repairs
- Endurance on-bike anatomic fit provides all-day comfort on tough terrain
- Flexible and secure waist strap creates a secure but comfortable fit
- External zippered pocket for quick access for mid-ride essentials
- External mesh pocket provides flexible, easy access on the go
- Internal zippered pocket for secure storage of valuables
- Integrated light attachment point for increased visibility
- High-contrast reflective graphics to enhance visibility
- Padded structure for added comfort and protection
- Internal mesh pocket
- Interior key hook
Every Apidura product is slowly developed during endless hours of riding so that each factor has been considered and refined.
The Apidura Backcountry Hip Pack may just be the perfect piece to the puzzle that everyone is looking for. My main appreciation for this hip pack during some truly epic rides over the past few months came down to just how tough and waterproof it proved itself to be. I managed to get caught out in really unpleasant weather on numerous occasions during my time testing the Apidura Hip Pack and I’m pleased to report that everything inside the pack remained dry and protected; as I ended more than one ride feeling a little like a drowned rat it was nice to find bits like my Buff neck gator and my car keys not swimming in a puddle! I also really appreciated the internal zippered storage pocket which helped ensure my wallet didn’t go walk about and the clever quick link storage within the zip which stays where it’s supposed to be until you need it.
A recent addition to the Apidura Backcountry range, the 2.5L hip pack is a really welcome addition.
To conclude, the Apidura Backcountry Hip Pack is now very much a must have in my kit line-up; whether it’s commuting to work, adding extra room on a Bikepacking trip or simply taking all the necessities on a regular mountain bike ride Apidura have me covered with the well-engineered do-it-all hip pack from Apidura.
Written by Andrew Barlow
Photos by Andrew Barlow
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