- Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 inches ; 2.1 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00AEFJ2QE
- Item model number: Evoc
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,602 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Evoc FR Lite Team Protector Hydration Pack
$120.00 - $5,117.04
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- Material: ballistic ripstop nylon (210D)
- Volume: [S] 9 L, [M/L] 10 L
- Waist Belt: yes
- Hydration Compatible: yes, up to 3-liter (not included)
- Reservoir Included: no
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Is less more, or is more more? In this era of dueling philosophies, we've totally forgotten which one is right, and depend on gear like the Evoc FR Lite Team Protector Hydration Pack to help set us straight. Somehow, Evoc designed the Lite Team to be both less and more at the same time, with a small 10L capacity and simple features, along with an integrated spine protector and all the gadgets you need for a day on the trail.The Liteshield Back Protector (LBP) is what really sets the Lite Team apart. Made of multiple layers of EPS and PU foams, it offers protection against both high- and low-speed impacts, as well as a highly breathable design that keeps back sweat from building up. It meets all European safety standards, so it's not some gimmick, and also contributes to a seriously comfortable carry in all temperatures. Evoc made the straps from Air Mesh to help you stay cool, and the body of the pack from water-resistant PU-coated ballistic ripstop nylon, so it will stay in one piece as well as you do. Inside, a hydration sleeve holds a three-liter bladder, while special pockets hold maps, phones, tools, and sunglasses. There's also a low-profile helmet carrier, which holds your XC or full-face lid for easy travel.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately it has some drawbacks. The major one is the waist belt and is a complete deal killer for me. It is a very wide, (4" or more?) pretty thick, bulky neoprene pad, with a webbing strap and plastic buckle on top. All this wraps around your midsection in a bulky and difficult to adjust way and with big patches of velcro for the padded belt part. If you ride in warm or even moderately cool temps this is a sweatband around your entire midsection and is pretty uncomfortable. In Mid Atlantic forested humidity prone climate this is completely unusable. Even in cool weather I think it would be uncomfortable and bulky over thicker clothes. Makes it impossible to adjust your pants.
Even with today's modern mountain bikes, more upright riding positions there's not a lot of weight being supported by the waist belt on a bike pack when you are riding, so this big bulky strap seems completely overdone and in the way when you are in a more ready, low position on the bike.
Another minor drawback is the routing of the hydration bladder tubing. There's not much room for it where it exists the pack by the shoulder straps, and it routes somewhat awkwardly. The clip for your tube is far down the shoulder strap, and the clip can't be moved or adjusted--if your tube doesn't reach you might be out of luck there. This clip should be attached to the cross shoulder strap--its adjustable.
Another minor drawback is the cross-shoulder strap. There are much cleaner designs out there on the Ospreys and Camelback. Nothing horrible, there are just obviously cleaner and easier to use designs with less to tangle and better adjustment.
The fit I would say runs very large---I measured according to Evoc's sizing chart and was well within the range for M/L, but in reality this size is just about too large for me--the pack is very long for its capacity, and the shoulder and waist belts are very far apart and not adjustable. I am 5'8". I should definitely have gotten the S, and if you are under 5'9 I would suggest the S.
Overall this is a decent pack and if it fits will be very useful---If I was keeping it I would simply cut off the large padded neoprene waist belt, leaving just the webbing with the buckle. The color and low profile design is awesome. Fix the waist belt and this becomes a 5 star review. Right now it is just waaaay to expensive to justify the shortcomings, even with the great features it has. I hope Evoc can evolve this into a fully developed pack!
It's a very versatile pack (can easily remove spine protection, but what I'm most looking forward to is using this for more aggressive downhill biking. I have a leatt neck brace already , so wearing this would ensure that my full spine is protected.