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
No matter where you go or how hard the ride the Nomad will see you through it.
Dakine Shuttle 2+2L Hydration Rucksack
The Dakine Shuttle 2+2 Liter Hydration Rucksack is a minimalist hydration pack for the rider who likes to travel light with 2 liters of hydration. It also has 2 liters of storage and a DriMesh back and straps. The 2 liter reservoir has a quick disconnect hose with Breathable DriMesh Back and shoulder straps, Fleece Sunglasses pocket and a Bungee storage Removable waist belt.
2 liters of storage2 liter reservoir with a quick disconnect hoseBreathable DriMesh Back and shoulder strapsFleece Sunglasses pocketBungee storageRemovable waist belt
Dakine Amp 18L Hydration Pack
The Dakine Amp 18L Hydration Pack features an 18 liter reservoir, XC helmet carry straps, a molded back panel with ventilation, mesh side pockets, fleece lined sunglasses pocket and tube/pump sleeves.
With all the pockets you could want, a hydration reservoir that can be detached from the pack and refilled without getting the pack wet, DAKINE did the thinking so all you have to do is plan your route and pedal. Air channels as well as a stowable rain cover keep the Amp pack from getting soaked by sweat or rain.
630D NylonRemovable waist-belt3 Compression StrapsInternal pockets: 1 padded MP3, 1 sunglasses, 1 pump sleeve, 1 tube sleeve, multiple organizer pockets, 1 rain cover stowVolume: 1100cu inReservoir Volume: 100oz (3L)
All in all a very nice pack to go riding with.
DAKINE Shuttle Pack – 250cu in
There’s nothing like a mouthful of water to get you over the last leg of your uphill ride. With its 70-ounce reservoir and quick disconnect hose, the DAKINE Shuttle Pack makes sure you have the liquids you need to keep moving.
??? Quick-disconnect hose and back-loading reservoir pocket permit quick refilling during a ride or hike??? DriMesh back panel and shoulder straps allow ample ventilation for your hot summer rides??? Bite valve only releases water when you want it??? Loops for the hose keep it secure while you weave your bike between trees and bushes??? A fleece-lined sunglasses pocket safely holds your shades after a good ride??? Tubes and tools fit into the front pocket for quick fixes on the trail??? Bungees on the front hold onto a thin rain shell when riding between showers
A small hydration pack that holds your mountain biking or hiking necessities for those long day trips.