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    Default Are Hip Packs Cool ???

    I have been considering getting a Hip Pack (Bum Bag) to take trailing riding and do not see many people using them.

    The one I am looking at is the Bontrager Rapid Pack
    https://www.trekbikes.com/au/en_AU/e...-pack/p/14798/
    http://enduro-mtb.com/en/best-mtb-hi...you-can-buy/3/

    People who own them what do you think about them ????

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    No, they're not cool.
    But holy shit they're practical to the point that you don't give a shit.

    If you want to hide it, get a raceface Rip Strip.
    Otherwise save time and just get the Source Hipster. The Camelback Palos doesn't secure the main compartment as well, so it's weight sits off your body and it bounces the moment things get fun.

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    Hey gaizzz I'm raiyd mai baiik nao! Seeee-yaaaa!
    If I rode a fixie and nobody saw it, was it still cool?

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    I have a completely uncool, unbranded hip pack that was a hiking waist pack. It originally held a basic first aid kit in a flat compartment and a small drink bottle. I've retained some of the first aid gear and the rest of the pocket can easily hold keys and a mobile. The drink bottle is stuffed with a multi-tool, a quick link, tyre boot and a CO2 canister with a rag to stop them rattling. Sits in the small of my back perfectly doesn't move in contrast to the Camelback. No doubt I look like some middle aged American tourist toting their fanny pack, but hands down it's the most comfortable, practical carrying solution now that droppers have put the kybosh on saddle bags. The Camelback only gets a run out now for longer rides as it holds more water, or if I need to carry extra layers.

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    Saw a couple of guys with these at my last enduro race. Seemed to work ok for them, got me thinking of trying one and ditching the camelback.

    If I go out with the kids I'll usually take a standard bumbag for phone, keys and other shit.

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    I'm not sure I get the problem with a camelbak - i don't even notice it when riding. Mind you, have been riding with it for so many years it probably just feels weird not having it there...

    Its just like gloves, glasses and helmet - feels wrong without them.
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    At this time of year I'm happy with a backpack - but definitely will look at getting one for spring/summer.

    Really like these ones: http://www.highabove.net/

    Damn frames that can't take waterbottles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaf View Post
    No, they're not cool.
    But holy shit they're practical to the point that you don't give a shit.
    Totally this.

    I have the bontrager one and love it for carrying my phone, keys, snacks and spares. Don't notice it on at all. If I put a spare water bottle in there I do a bit but its negligible.

    My methodology is: Can walk back to the car - pockets.
    Annoyingly long walk back to car - hip pack
    Lost in the woods - backpack

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    Quote Originally Posted by moman View Post
    Totally this.

    I have the bontrager one and love it for carrying my phone, keys, snacks and spares. Don't notice it on at all. If I put a spare water bottle in there I do a bit but its negligible.

    My methodology is: Can walk back to the car - pockets.
    Annoyingly long walk back to car - hip pack
    Lost in the woods - backpack
    Of course they're cool. I'm one of the coolest people I know. I've got a camelbak similar to this

    https://www.pushys.com.au/camelbak-p...FYUIKgodkfgNNg

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    I think the Bontrager one is cool because it can take a water bottle.

    Small ride - bottle in frame only
    Big ride - Bottle in frame and bottle in hip pack

    I lost some gear last ride out of the jersey pocket so I can lock it away in the hip pack that's another plus.

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