Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time for loading up your hydration pack and suffering with a sweaty back in the hot sun. OR, you could check out the new Stage Line of hydration packs from EVOC. Officially launching at Eurobike, we got a first look at what look to be some very well thought out packs…
The crown jewel of the Stage line would have to be their take on a fully ventilated back pannel. Using contoured foam blocks that are covered with a suspended mesh, the bags should have a great fit while still keeping you comfortable. The back panels are not protective, but some of the models will have pockets that you can add in protective panels.
The bags are equipped with both an XC and a DH helmet carry system which stow away when not in use. Packs will be offered in 3, 6, 12, and 18 liter sizes all of which are hydration compatible. The two biggest packs will have built in rain covers and armor carrying straps.
The bags will include their neck brace compatible BraceLink shoulder strap system which allows the straps to articulate. Built with a wider footprint that is designed to stay closer to your back, pockets are smartly arranged for easy access and organization. More at Eurobike.
Onto the bike bags, the new Bike Travel Bag Pro will make dealing with TSA the only hassle when traveling with your bike. Built to be lighter, higher quality, and offer better features, the soft sided bike bag has provisions for everything you could think of including separate wheel storage with built in disc rotor protection so there is no need to remove them.
Even at 2 lbs lighter than the standard model (8000g claimed weight), the Pro still uses a full molded bottom shell with full length aluminum rails for strength. The monocoque frame is stiffer and more durable than the previous model and includes a clip on front wheel to make wheeling your bike through airports a breeze. Sized to fit an XL DH bike or up to 170mm rear axle fat bikes, the bag includes a road bike adapter as well so it should fit most bikes you can think of. When not in use the coated nylon upper packs down small into the base for easy storage. Currently available on certain web stores, full availability will be in a few weeks and the bag will sell for $595.