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EVOC Spring ’22 collection brings Hydro Pro Hydration Vest, eMTB Packs & much more

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The EVOC Spring-Summer ’22 collection of MTB Gear has landed, bringing with it some well thought-through, functional soft goods for riding, travelling and staying hydrated. Here’s a quick overview of the more exciting fresh drops, including the lightweight Hydro Pro Hydration Vest, Gear Backpacks and eMTB Backpacks.

EVOC Hydro Pro Lightweight Hydration Vest for MTB

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The 3L EVOC Hydro Pro hydration vest for MTB weighs a claimed 250g, including 1.5L bladder

For me, the standout item from the Spring 22′ collection has to be this lightweight hydration vest; the EVOC Hydro Pro we we first got eyes on at Sea Otter. Available in 1.5 liter and 3 liter options, the vest packs away a hydration bladder in a breathable fabric that pulls the contents close to your body to prevent swaying.

evoc hydro pro hydration vest

This is EVOC’s attempt at a hybrid between a full hydration backpack and a dedicated hydration vest, with a couple of additional pockets for snacks, and maybe even spares and tools. There is now a prevailing preference amognst riders, at least in my riding community in Scotland, to carry water, tools, spares and snacks on the bike, rather than in a backpack, as most feel it gives them more freedom of movement and a more comfortable ride in general.

The EVOC Hydro Pro pack wont be to everyone’s taste, but I can certainly see its merits for folks who can’t fit a water bottle inside their front triangle, or any rider doing big rides during the summer months. The benefit for enduro racers is clear.

Some important features:

  • Quick release bladder hose for easy refill
  • Magnetic clip to secure hose
  • 3D Air Mesh Fabric
EVOC Hydro Pro adventure hydration vest
That triangular pattern is semi-rigid which creates little air pockets which are supposed to make the material breath better next to your skin. Credit: Zach Overholt

The 1.5 liter and 3 liter names refer not to the bladder capacity, but to the storage capacity not including water. As such, the 1.5L has 0.3L of storage in a zippered shoulder pocket and another 1.2L of storage in the main compartment with the bladder full. The larger 3L Hydro Pro has 1L of storage in two zippered shoulder pockets, and 2L inside the main compartment.

EVOC Hydro Pro adventure hydration vest
The EVOC Hydro Pro is available in Black and Steel colorways; the 1.5L weighs a claimed 230g, including bladder. Credit: Zach Overholt.

The EVOC Hydro Pro 1.5L, with 1.5L bladder, retail at $115 USD. You’ll need to part with $125 USD for the the 3L option. Both are available now.

EVOC Gear Bags and Backpacks

evoc gear backpack mtb kit carrying compartments

EVOC’s new 60 liter and 90 liter backpacks are about as compartmentalized as it gets, with a dedicated space for every plausible item of gear you need for a weekend of riding. The backpacks feature two large main compartments for boots, helmet or clothing as well as a lateral zippered pocket with attachments for smaller equipment items, like goggles, gloves, Garmin, etc.

evoc 90l gear backpack mtb kit
The 90L Gear Backpack weighs a claimed 1.7kg and has the following dimensions: 40 x 70 x 27cm (15.7 x 27.6 x 10.6”)

These look to be well-padded, with ergonomic shoulder straps and extra-wide hip wings for a comfortable and secure fit. The reinforced bottom section is a welcome addition, designed to allow the backpack to stand securely. Pick up the 60L Gear Backpack for $110, or the 90L option at $130 USD. Both are available in Black and Steel colorways.

EVOC eBike Packs

If you ride an eBike, then it stands to reason that you need an eBike-specific riding pack, right? Perhaps not, but the new EVOC E-RIDE collection does seem to pack in some features that the eMTBer may appreciate. Those are:

  • A separate, centered, well-padded battery compartment with fixation system
  • A charger pack fixation system
  • A fleece-lined control display compartment

evoc eride 12

There are three E-RIDE backpacks to choose from, the most affordable of which is the E-RIDE 12, named according to its storage capacity in liters. This one retails at $120 USD, and is the only one that actually doesn’t have that separate, padded battery compartment, though it does have the charger pack fixation and soft control display compartment. It shares a lot of similarities with the EVOC Trail Pro MTB Pack we tested last year (lacking the back protection element), at almost half the price.

evoc fr trail e-ride emtb backpack with battery compartment
The EVOC FR Trail E-RIDE. That’s some journey you’re planning if you need to take a spare battery and a charging pack with you!

If you’re looking for something that will carry your spare eMTB battery, and offer back protection, then the FR Trail E-RIDE and FR Enduro E-RIDE 16 backpacks are where it’s at. Both feature a CE-Certified Liteshield Back Protector, useful for when you hit the deck. Looks like EVOC will send you a free crash replacement, if/when you need one, but that’s only listed as feature for the Enduro Pack, not the Trail.

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The FR Enduro E-RIDE 16

Pick up the Enduro E-RIDE pack for $230 USD, and the Trail E-RIDE pack for $250 USD.

More new items from EVOC

evoc gear bag
The EVOC Gear Bag, available in 20, 35 and 55L options gets a separate wet compartment for shoes


evoc trail pro 26l mtb backpack with helmet attached
The EVOC Trail Pro packs are now available in 10L, 16L and 26L (shown here) options
evoc hip pack pro 3l
The EVOC Hip Pack Pro has two external bottle carriers, in addition to capacity for a 1.5L bladder (sold separately. Pick this one up for $95 USD.


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2 years ago

Major warning if you visit their website… Turn your speakers all the way. That’s just ridiculous to have music play that loud by default from the main page.. How does that get past marketing? Damn near blew my speakers.

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