EVOC’s pared-back RIDE 8 backpack is designed to offer all the essential features for trail riding without any unnecessary extras, and at a more affordable price than the rest of its range.
It doesn’t come with a bladder, so if you’re looking to use it as a hydration pack, you’ll need to factor that cost in too.
There are enough pockets and storage solutions included on this 8l pack that you can stow your kit effectively, without it bouncing about as you hammer downhill.
The front upper pocket will comfortably fit a smartphone, while inside the main compartment there’s a sleeve pocket and routing for a bladder and hose, plus two mesh organiser pockets and a zipped mesh pocket, which are perfect for storing tools and spares.
There’s more than enough room for a jacket in there too. You also get an external helmet storage flap on the front of the pack.
The waist, chest and shoulder straps do a good job of cinching the pack down tightly and securely to your back. I’d prefer a deeper waist strap, though – it’s not uncomfortable, but the thin strap twists easily and the small buckle is harder to grasp with gloves.
The hose clip is also a little awkward to use (I fitted my own bladder), but proved secure enough for the most part.
I found the padded back panel comfy on extended rides, even with awkward loads wedged in place. Crucially, the Ride feels steadfast and secure when tackling really rough descents, where I had no issues with it shifting around on my back.