Though it still feels a long ways away weather wise (at least here in Northern California), summer is just around the corner. And that means long rides under the hot sun. As there is nothing worse than sucking back sun-baked water during your ride, HydraPak is here to help with a new line of insulated hydration packs.
HydraPak’s Journey Series of insulated hydration packs use a new Cold Flow system that keeps water cold for over four hours. The system combines an insulated reservoir and neoprene reservoir sleeve with a reflective lining to help maintain cold water temperature. An articulated back panel lets air flow between you and your pack to further prevent body heat transfer to the water.
The high-flow bite valve on the end of the hydration hose self-seals after each sip and features a twist on/off bar to prevent leaks when not in use. HydraPak’s Plug-N-Play connect system lets you easily disconnect the hose (an auto shutoff valve prevents leaking) and remove the reservoir from your pack for easy refilling and cleaning. There is a magnetic hose clip to keep things in place as you ride.
The packs themselves are made from a durable coated waterproof fabric with taped seams and coated zippers to keep any moisture out and protect your gear inside. For organization of tools, essentials, and extra layers, you’ll find two separate internal compartments with stretch mesh pockets (one on the 10L), along with an easy access top pocket and side pocket. For commuters, there’s webbing for a bike light attachment.
The Journey insulated hydration packs come in two sizes — 10 liters and 20 liters, both with a 3 liter reservoir. The packs themselves are not exactly lightweight. The 20L weighs 3.5 pounds and the 10L weighs in at 3 pounds. The packs come in two sizes depending on torso length and retail for $165 and $200 respectively. Both are available now in a variety of colors from the company website.