Going on a long and intense ride can get you dehydrated in a hurry and is a sure way to compromise your performance and take all of the fun out of your ride. The best way to avoid this is to carry a hydration system with you on your back. Most systems are in the 2-3 liter range in capacity and allow you to sip water or whatever you fill the reservoir with without having to use your hands. A convenient tube supply’s the water to your mouth so you can drink whenever you like.
It is so much easier than having to reach down for a bottle and a lot safer too. Some people add in an energy drink to the water to help enhance performance and stamina. A good idea when buying one of these systems is to get a good cleaning kit for the reservoir. If you don’t you might be buying a replacement sooner than you think. Note that different makes and models combine different reservoir capacities as well as storage capacities. With these wide range of cargo options you can carry everything from a snack bar to all the gear you will need for a full day’s outing.
Dakine Hydration Packs
DAKINE Nomad Hydration Pack – 1100cu in
Dakine’s Nomad Hydration Pack is fully stocked with features for trail and freeride mountain biking, and its three-liter bladder keeps you quenched during all-day rides.
Two bottom straps carry body armor for burly ridesTwo inner compartments keep your lunch separate from your muddy gearStretch front panel holds a full-face or cross-country helmetInternal organizer stashes bike parts, tools, and snacksFleece-lined pocket protects your sunglasses, goggles or mp3 player or any other delicate device that you can fit in
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