Hydrapak has been in the hydration pack business for a long time. They are well-know for producing great products at good price points. I’ve used their products in the past and have found their packs to be stellar and their bladders to be about middle-of-the-pack as far as likes and dislikes.
For 2008, their hydration bladders are new and improved. Gone is the rolled-over Velcro top and in its place is a new zip-top clip that greatly simplifies the closure and allows the material to be a little more substantial instead of the older, flexy material. On top of that, the hydration lines are all plug-and-play to eliminate the need to haul your pack along to the water dispenser. Just unclip the line and take the bladder to the spout–a nice feature that is pretty standard these days.
Another new item from Hydrapak is the Gel-Bot bottle, which integrates a standard water bottle with an inner bottle for energy gel. Just load the inner container with your favorite gel, then fill the bottle with water and with one motion, you can get water and gel.
Hydrapak Laguna Hydration Pack
The mountain bike crowd will like the new Hydrapak Laguna pack. A versatile pack that sports 500 cu.in. of storage capacity, but is expandable to 800 cu. in. by unzipping the accordion-style extension. This pack also sports a deployable mesh helmet retention system, 100 oz. bladder, hydro tunes port for headphone lines, fleece-lined sunglass pocket and plenty of small sleeves and internal pockets for storing the slew of tools and necessary gear for an all-day epic. MSRP is $79.99.
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