The stealthy looking Portage from Fox has clearly had a lot of their mountain bike and motocross experience poured into it. Once on, the cinch-down straps, chunky waistband and padded rear provide a comfy fit. Even fully loaded, the pack was comfortable on all-day rides. It also offers double hose routing for carrying two bladders.
The bladder itself is Fox’s Hydrapak-branded 3litre unit and it works well, is leak-free and slots in and out easily. All the de rigueur pouches and cubbyholes are present and correct, including one for an MP3 player, pump and a netted internal one. In fact, it seems to be entirely made up of pockets which is okay to a certain extent but doesn’t necessarily equate to loads of space.
So if you’re wanting to stash larger or bulkier items in your pack you’ll find it a struggle, but for lots of little bits it’s great. We really like the shock cord lock system – it employs a chunky elastic chord and toggle to lock leg armour in place. The Portage can take a good bashing and its tough construction is still tear-free after months of use.
|Name||Portage hydration pack (11)|
|Features||• Hydrapak brand 3L reservoir with detachable hose and slide-top opening allows for easy cleaning and filling • Large main storage compartment has ample space to load up essentials • Secondary hydration sleeve allows riders to carry a second bladder on truly epic days (2nd bladder not included) • Sunglass pouch and MP3 sleeve • Cinch down straps and mesh outer section designed to fit a full face helmet • Bottom shock cord lock system designed to fit armour|