RaceFace Stash Men’s Bib review£85.00

Go hydration pack fee with these camel-like bibs

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Those serious about leaving a pack at home should look at the Stash, as compared to the Smuggle, it’s camel-like. And that’s not just because the pockets at the back are wider and deeper; the Stash has an integrated hydration bladder sleeve with associated tube guides, for up to 1.5l of liquid.

While adding a bladder increases bulk, in use the sleeve keeps it well under control, and I never got slapped in the back of the head by an errant bag of water. Access to the pockets is only slightly hindered by the badder too.

The wide central pocket is easily big enough for an inner tube and some tools, while there’s also two smaller pockets to the side. They drop below waist band height of your shorts though, and given they’re only attached at the top of the pocket, bulky loads can flap around a bit.

The extra pockets on the thighs are handy, especially the energy gel stash pocket, which is easy to access, but the Stash doesn’t have any zippered pockets.

The fit is good unless you have a long torso, when it can come in a bit short. And while I'm being picky, I’d like a stretchier front for less toilet stop fumbling and deeper leg grippers to help match up with and secure knee pads.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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