Carrying water and tools while riding is not only important
but necessary on a dual sport, hare scramble, or enduro. Over the past few years I have tried a few hydration packs that I like but they never seemed to hold quite enough or couldn’t withstand the abuse I put them through.
This past weekend I tried the Outdoor Products Ripcord Hydration Pack
for the first time. It not only carried all the tools and gear I wanted to bring, but also was more comfortable than other packs I have. It has a total of 4 zippered pockets of various sizes, most have dividers or straps in them to keep everything organized and in place. The largest pocket is big enough to carry 3 tire spoons, large zip ties, a KTM tool kit, and a spare tube. The smaller lower front pocket fit an air compressor, spare bolts, valve stem puller, multi-tool, air gauge and small roll of tape. The top pocket is perfect for carrying items that you need quick and easy like a cell phone, extra money, driver license, insurance card, and registration. So far the only thing in the fourth pocket is a folded up poncho, but it will make a perfect place for GoPro batteries and memory cards. “See picture below” Another aspect that makes this hydration pack stand above the rest is the insulated water suction hose that comes on it on most packs this is a $20 option you can buy. This will keep me from having to blow the water back into the bladder to keep it cold or just get past the first few sips of hot water. When it comes to fitting, the straps are durable and extend far enough to fit over your chest protector, and gear. It also has a sternum strap and lower back strap to keep the pack from bouncing around while riding.
has proved itself to be useful in carrying both tools and water along with some extra gear. It also has a few aspects that set’s it apart from the competition like the insulated water hose, and the large amount of storage, and its price $39.99 found (Here). At this point I have one ride using this pack so check back to see how it holds up by the end of this season. Check out www.outdoorproducts.com to get a pack of your own.
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*