At a Glance
We wanted a pack for the Mega that we could fit a fair bit in, obviously in a race like that you need to be carrying enough spares to be able to get yourself out any mechanicals. Add to that a good amount of food and a jacket for long days in the mountains and the pack needs to be fairly substantial. At 18L the Nomad from Dakine is one of their most popular packs. Big enough to fill with everything you should need, yet still small enough to not hinder you on the trails. The hydration reservoir is really easy to fill up and clean, you can get your whole hand inside to scrub out any mould and even turn it inside out if you need to.Buy Hydration Packs/Bags on
At the Mega
We had no problems filling the pack up with everything we needed, it was pretty full on most days in the mountains and yet with the cinch straps we always managed to make it super secure so it wouldn’t inhibit our riding. The front organiser pockets were very handy for spare tubes, tools, repair kits and a pump, whilst the main section had ample room for a jacket and food. The reservoir was easy to use and fill up, although the bite valve needed to be twisted to lock it off. This meant it was tricky to operate while riding. You could just leave it open of course, it is a bite valve after all. But with leaky valves drenching us in the past it has become a bit of a habit to lock it off these days. The durability really impressed us though, we crashed on this pack time and again and although we tore our tops we never put a scuff on the pack. At the end of the day the extra straps made it easy to carry our helmets and armour back to base.
The Nomad has plenty of room to keep all the necessary tools and spares, features a very easy to clean hydration pack and is extremely tough and durable.
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This review was in Issue 7 of IMB.For more information visit Dakine
By Rou ChaterRou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.