The hydration pack is perfect for lovers of mountain biking, summarizing in one a great answer to the problem of the rider’s hydration during exercise and during the race, that the need to have available space for all objects without which you cannot go out by bike.
With a backpack like this, in fact, you have an inner bag to fill with water or minerals to prevent dehydration during exercise or during the race, plus space for the emergency kit to every lover of mountain biking: an air pump, tire levers, spare, a mini first aid kit, your documents and your house key, and possibly a change of clothes.
Choosing a hydration pack that best suits your needs?
Some mountain biking enthusiasts prefer to do without the hydration pack, unless it is absolutely necessary to use it. The criticism which is made more often in this tool is the fact that weigh down excessively the cyclist, overloading the upper body and consequently penalizzandolo in performance both in training and racing.
The real challenge for manufacturers of hydration packs for MTB is to be able to make products lighter, therefore even if worn under full load penalise minimally the cyclist’s performance.
However, in the case of athletes who sweat a lot during sport and so consequently lose lots of fluids and many minerals, it’s hard to think that you can carry a long workout or race with only a half-liter bottle of water placed in a jersey pocket.
The hydration pack becomes a tool really irreplaceable in the hottest periods of the year, when sweating and then the loss of mineral salts becomes much more important, and then the cyclist has an ongoing need to reintegrate.
In addition, everything that would normally be placed in the pockets of the shirt, or the bicycle frame, as the air chamber, pump, tire levers, mini first aid kit, is an extremely practical and functional.
A hydration pack with the bag completely full can weigh about 2kg, and only because of the water: a solution used by many is to only partially fill the bag of water, maybe half, then fill it further along the way so they can be lighter and thus faster while racing or training.
How much does it cost to buy a hydration Pack?
A hydration pack for mountain biking will definitely be much more expensive than will be most capacious water bag inside, and if it is made of light materials, so as to facilitate its use without affecting the result.
Prices range from 20/25 euro of the basic models, until you pass the 100 euro for models particularly roomy, ultra-light and with a water bag more than enough even to cover extra long and intense rides.
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