Top 5 Hydration Packs

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Hydration packs are some of the most effective ways to keep on top of your water levels while you’re out riding. They are usually composed of a plastic bladder placed inside a backpack. There is a tube connected to this bladder that travels up to your face for ease of access. Interestingly, there have been some innovative designs and technologies incorporated into these hydration packs. This includes an anti-slosh design, achieved by removing air from the bladder. This keeps the water from moving around and throwing your balance off. Below I’ve listed the top 5 hydration packs you can find in Australia.

Top 5 Hydration Packs In Australia 2021

  • Ogio Dakar 3L
  • CamelBak Mule 3L
  • Teton Oasis 1100
  • Mubasel Gear Insulated Hydration Backpack
  • USWE Ranger 9

Ogio Dakar 3L

Top 5 Hydration Packs
Specs

Bladder Volume: 3L

Bag Volume: 12L

Valve Angle: 90°

Dimensions: 44x25x20cm

Dry Weight: 0.93kg

Shell Material: 150D TPE backed mini honeycomb rip stop | 420HD oxford nylon with PU backing

Waterproof: No

Exterior Pockets: Electronics Pocket | Helmet Pocket | 2 Side Pockets

Torso Fit: Fits all body sizes

Waist Fit: Fits all body sizes

BPA/BPS/BPF free: Yes

Pros

+ Great adjustability

+ Easily Accessible Hose

+ Centre clasp design greatly increases manoeuvrability.

Cons

Clips that hold bladder are fragile

The Ogio Dakar comes with a 3L capacity and centre clasp design. This means the bag’s weight isn’t focused on a specific area but evenly distributed across your torso. It also lowers the weight of the backpack and gives you increased manoeuvrability while riding. Another great feature of this hydration pack is the insulated cooler fabric lining. The lining keeps liquids at a cold temperature for 30% longer than other bags in similar environmental conditions.

There is a huge amount of storage space in the backpack. With a total of 12L of storage, you’ll have plenty of space for all your necessities and more. Plus, it uses an anti-sloshing hydration bladder compartment. The compartment stops the liquid in the bladder from moving around inside of the bag. This means your centre of gravity, and therefore balance isn’t being thrown around from one side to another.

This hydration pack is also very adjustable to achieve balance on all body shapes, which is a massive bonus. The hose sits in an easily accessible location, so you won’t ever have to fumble around looking for it. My only complaint about this backpack is that the clips that hold the water bladder in place can break fairly easily. Thankfully, because they are cheap, they are also easily replaceable. Other than this issue, the Ogio Dakar 3L has next to no criticism directed towards it.

CamelBak Mule 3L

Top 5 Hydration Packs
Specs

Bladder Volume: 3L

Bag Volume: 9L

Valve Angle: 45°

Dimensions: 45x22x23cm

Dry Weight: 620g

Shell Material: 100D Robic Nylon Dobby/210D Nylon

Waterproof: No

Exterior Pockets: Phone Pocket | Stretch Overflow Pocket

Torso Fit: 43-53cm

Waist Fit: 66-117cm

BPA/BPS/BPF free: Yes

Pros

+ Easy to fill bladder

+ Plenty of storage

+ Efficient water delivery

Cons

Poor ventilation

The Camelbak Mule’s greatest strength is the simplicity behind the design and the ability to wash and fill the water bladder efficiently. The Camelbak bladder has a shoehorn style handle on the opening. This allows you to pour water into it without any spillage. This handle then slides into a sewn loop inside the backpack, holding it in place.

Thankfully, there is a considerable amount of space to store other items in the backpack, even if the bladder is full. With a total of 9L storage space, you will be able to bring nutritious snacks, spare clothes and some tools with some space to spare. The hydration tube has also been optimised to deliver 20% more water per sip than previous Camelbak models. This ensures adequate hydration in intensive activities.

The only downside of this backpack is the lack of ventilation. By the end of one hot day, my back was so wet that I was convinced that the bladder somehow started leaking. However, on further inspection, I noticed that it was due to the mesh on the back of the bag not working so efficiently.

Teton Oasis 1100

Top 5 Hydration Packs
Specs

Bladder Volume: 2L

Bag Volume: 18L

Valve Angle: No offset

Dimensions: 47×25.5x18cm

Dry Weight: 900g

Shell Material: Honeycomb Ripstop | 600D PU

Waterproof: Yes | Integrated Rain Cover

Exterior Pockets: Front Pocket | Lateral Mesh Stretch Pockets

Torso Fit: Fits all body sizes

Waist Fit: Up to 152cm

BPA/BPS/BPF free: Yes

Pros

+ Massive amount of storage space

+ Lightweight

+ Comes with a Rain Cover

Cons

Can be hard to pull water from

The main benefit of this backpack is its absolutely massive cargo capacity of 18L. It’s guaranteed to be more than enough space for anything you want to take out on the trail for the day. You won’t need to worry about your belongings getting damaged either, thanks to the rain cover hidden under a Velcro strap on the back, which ensures everything stays dry.

This is an extremely lightweight bag, especially for the size. Unfortunately, the bladder is 2L rather than 3L, and the tube has difficulty drawing water at times. Regardless, this is an extremely durable hydration pack that serves its purpose and has a great amount of added utility.

Mubasel Gear Insulated Hydration Backpack

Specs

Bladder Volume: 2L

Bag Volume: 15L

Valve Angle: No offset

Dimensions: 47x24x7cm

Dry Weight: 0.36kg

Shell Material: Nylon

Waterproof: Yes

Exterior Pockets: Front Mesh Pocket

Torso Fit: Up to 127cm

Waist Fit: Up to 160cm

BPA/BPS/BPF free: Yes

Pros

+ Minimalist design with practical features

+ Leak-Proof

+ Lots of pockets

Cons

Too large for some people

A minimalistic, waterproof and spacious design, the Mubasel Gear insulated hydration pack is extremely well-fitting due to the adjustable shoulder and chest straps. You also get a bit more space than the average hydration pack, thanks to the front zipper compartment. This compartment is sizable enough to carry a change of clothes in, and you won’t need to worry about them getting soaked on a rainy day due to the effective waterproofing on offer.

There are plenty of pockets on the bag, so having compartments dedicated to certain belongings is no issue. The bladder that this backpack comes with is also BPA free plastic. This means that you won’t need to worry about tasting plastic in your water. However, this hydration pack was made for taller people, so it may feel too large to comfortably wear if you are below average height.

USWE Ranger 9

Specs

Bladder Volume: 3L

Bag Volume: 9L

Valve Angle: 45°

Dimensions: 45/19/14cm

Dry Weight: 0.66kg

Shell Material: Nylon

Waterproof: No

Exterior Pockets: Water Resistant Smartphone Pocket

Torso Fit: Up to 110cm

Waist Fit: Up to 130cm

BPA/BPS/BPF free: Yes

Pros

+ High quality bite valve

+ Durable, built for MX

+ Centre strap connection greatly increases stability

Cons

Fairly expensive

An extremely easy to use hydration pack, the USWE Ranger 9 has a top-quality bite valve with an incredible flow rate. This means you will put less effort into becoming more hydrated so that you can keep your mind on the task at hand. Although there isn’t much cargo capacity, there is enough room for the essentials, such as a couple of tools and clothes. This is an extremely durable pack, making it an excellent candidate for an everyday pack. It is most commonly used in MX, the discipline it was designed for. The centralised strap connection further backs this. This allows the weight to be distributed more easily across your body, making it feel more lightweight and stable. The only downside is that it does cost a bit more than other hydration packs.

Final Thoughts

The Ogio Dakar 3L is the clear winner of these top 5 hydration packs thanks to the excellent build quality, materials used, a one size fits all approach and innovative technologies included. The Camelbak Mule 3L is a trendy design that has stood the test of time and has all the features your average trail rider would look for. There are balanced strengths and weakness throughout the final three entries. If you ride MX and require a lot of extra space, you’ll want the Oasis 1100. For an effective waterproofing solution, the Mubasel is the ideal choice. If you need a durable hydration pack that you can use for MX every day, the Range 9 is the way to go.

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