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Packs and Hydration packs whilst Biking

Whether you are heading out into the hills on a trail ride or clocking up kilometres on the road bike, it pays to be prepared. This means taking with you water or hydration solution, warm clothes and/or jacket, spare parts, tools, money, phone and of course...snacks!

The easiest way to have this whilst out on your bike is in a back pack. It helps if the pack you chose is designed specifically for cycling. These tend to fit more snugly, not wobble and bump around on the trail and throw you off balance when you get air! Outside Sports has a large range of packs to suit all your requirements online and in store, from trusted brands like Camelbak, Osprey, and Vaude.

What type of pack?

When deciding which pack to purchase, you need to first decide what you will be using it for.

Hydration: If you are keen on using a hydration bladder make sure the pack you chose is compatible with one the size that you will be using. These days most are, and many come with a bladder.

CamelBak Hydration Bike Pack Outside Sports NZ

Volume: There is nothing worse than trying to squeeze too much stuff into a small pack. If you plan on going on back country or multi day rides chose a pack with slightly larger volume. This is especially important if you will need to carry a sleeping bag or cooking equipment.

Osprey Pack Biking Outside Sports NZ

Enduro: This race format requires racers to be self reliant, wear a helmet at all times and often to wear a full face helmet for timed descents. This sometimes means taking two helmets with you for the day in the hills. Choosing a pack with a helmet garage makes this simple and fast and stops the helmet on your pack swinging around and throwing you off balance during your race runs.

Specialized MTBike with Pack Outside Sports NZ

Lights: Cycling is becoming a more popular mode of transport. If you commute on your bike you’ll need somewhere to stash your shampoo and somewhere to clip lights where they will be easily seen by those behind you.

Shorter backs: Shorter riders often feel more comfortable in packs with a shorter back length. This group usually includes women. So some brands offer women’s specific or packs for shorter riders.

Bike Camelbak Outside Sports NZ

Now you know what to look for get shopping!

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