Hydrapak Morro hydration pack £85

Well-designed and spacious drinking bag

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

The Morro is sturdy, but doesn’t ride heavy. Plus, the sheer number of pockets makes it easy to squeeze in a lot more kit than you’d  think possible.

If you’re the kind of rider that takes quiet pleasure in a perfectly planned pack, you should probably run, not walk, in this direction – even the Morro’s main compartment has smaller zipped sections, and they’re ideal for those bits and pieces that usually work their way to the bottom.

It’s easy to adjust and the balance between shoulders and hips is good, especially when you’ve got a full load. However, it’s quite a squeeze getting the bladder into place if you’ve packed for the day, though we do like the enclosed tube routing, which removes opportunities for comedy bramble snagging.

Those tube runs feature on both shoulders, and there’s a neat magnetic holder that stops the valve swinging about without faff. These might be small details, but they add up to an ease-of-use that had us reaching for this pack over many others.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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