When it comes to riding, there is nothing worse than running out of water or having a mechanical with no means to fix it. If you’re off for a short ride and don’t mind walking out – a water bottle will do, but for those longer pedals (AKA death marches), a hydration pack is the way to go. We put the Sendy Hydration pack to a long term test and here’s the nitty gritty….
Product: Sendy H2O Adults Hydration Backpack
RRP: $79.95 AUD
- Tough Rip-Stop fabric
- 2 litre bladder
- Stop/Flow valve
- 1 large internal pocket
- 1 small pocket
- External expandable stash zone
- BPA free
In the last few months, I’ve taken the Sendy pack out on trail to Castle Hill, Gap Creek and Mount Joyce. The two-litre bladder plus a water bottle meant I didn’t run out of water for any rides and within the pack there’s heaps of room to store a tube, tools, or snacks. The pack also has extendable storage in case you need to stash a jacket during the ride.
One thing I noted immediately was the pack just has the chest strap and doesn’t have the lower waist strap most other packs do. I was initially worried about it bouncing around while riding or jumping. Admittedly, I’m not a rider who sends big jumps, but I can say I was pleasantly surprised it didn’t move at all while I was riding.
One drawback of the pack I noticed was particularly apparent at Castle Hill – no getting around it – this pack is HOT. Pedaling up single track on a winter’s day was fine but riding up the fire trail at Castle Hill on a hot day was pretty taxing wearing the pack.
During winter or in cooler climates the pack would be sweet, but exposed sun and QLD summer could pose an issue.
That being said, the Sendy pack has heaps of storage space for snacks, tubes, tools, and water, gets the job done for hydration and storage, has super comfortable straps, looks cool and is at a competitive price point.