When is a pack not a pack? when it’s an EVOC pack. Purveyors of the finest kit carrying solutions, their feature laden packs and bags have everything you could possibly need for transporting those things you just can’t leave behind. Enduro racers maybe shunning packs in favour of strapping sandwiches and tools to their expensive carbon frames but the back pack is still king if you want be fully equipped for a day out.

The news from EVOC come in the form of Climate Control (CC) system which has been added to their lightweight packs in 6, 10 and 16 litre formats. CC uses the Air Pad system to keep the pack away from the back slightly and allow air to flow easily, between the pads, keeping you cool as a cucumber (unless of course that cucumber is from a Media centre sandwich).

The pads are non absorbent so they wont suck sweat up likes a sponge. Nice thought. This is all combined with a secure shoulder and waist strap system to keep things in place and not jumping around on your shoulders like a Eurobike fashion show dancer. The shoulder straps junctions with the pack has been improved with the Brace Link, which allows the straps to flex to the width of a riders shoulders and is low profile for use with a neck brace.

Fanny packs, bumbags, call them what you will, the EVOC Hip Pack has landed. The 3 litre pack is adorned with more features than you can shack a stick at, with a plentiful supply of easy to reach pockets and even a hydration bladder. Fortunately the hose is long enough that you can drink on the fly, and has a magnetic clip which can be place on clothing to hold the bit valve.

Elsewhere there are still the exceptionally good bike bags and the classic range of back protector packs. Also of note is the Enduro Shirt, featuring pads to compliment the back protector packs to complete a full upper body padding system.

Mon 5th Sep, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

By Ewen Turner
Ewen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.

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