USWE F4 Pro hydration pack review£100.00

Well-designed backpack

BikeRadar score3.5/5

USWE is relatively new to the MTB scene, but with a background in motorbikes and the likes of Steve Peat already on the sponsorship roster, we’re expecting big things.

The F4 hydration pack houses a 3l Hydrapak bladder, with an internal baffle to ensure you always get water when you need it and a lock on the mouthpiece to prevent leaks. The front of the bag will hold a full-face or open-face lid, making it ideal for enduro racing. There’s a waterproof ‘media’ pocket as well as enough internal space and pockets for a day’s riding supplies and basic tools.

The foam ‘Airstrips’ back panelling does a good job of stopping the F4 getting too sweaty. The pack’s most unusual feature is the ‘No Dancing Monkey’ strap system, where the straps form an X shape across your chest and clip together at the sternum with a sturdy buckle. They’re adjustable for different size riders and elasticated to allow for chest expansion while breathing. And they work as they should, keeping the pack from ‘dancing’ while you’re riding – though some testers did find them a little restrictive when breathing heavily.

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

Freelance Writer, UK
Jake comes from a downhill background but now spends most of his time smashing shorter-travel trail and enduro bikes down those same downhill trails. He's well known for pushing components and gear to their limits, and a little further.
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 170cm / 5'7"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
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