The number of friends and riders I see on the trails that don full hydration packs for rides short and long has dwindled to a small minority. For most of us who are heading out to the trails on an after work ride, we don’t need to pack a Lifestraw, a space blanket, or an emergency burrito and four gallons of water. We just need a tool, an extra tube, pump or Co2, and maybe a stroop waffle to survive an hour-and-a-half ride.
While there have been plenty of fanny pack converts, there is still a segment that has clung to their massive hydration packs in spite of smaller options. These minimalistic endurance packs like the Chase 8, and the Orange Mud pack I tried earlier this year are turning out to be a great option for anyone avoiding lumbar packs who still want to maximize mobility and cut down weight.