Fox XC Race hydration pack review

Slimline sipping system

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £34.99 RRP | USD $39.95

Our review

Decent slimline pack for those days when you don’t want to carry the kitchen sink, and the price is good too
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Fox’s XC Race harks back to the early days of hydration packs, when they were more or less just a bladder with straps on. And that’s no bad thing – the more space and pockets you have, the more unnecessary kit you tend to end up carrying.

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The XC Race has a zipped main compartment large enough for a pump, tube and windshell, a bottom pocket with room for a multi-tool and keys, and a bungee cord on the back in case you want to carry leg armour or an extra layer. We reckon that’s all most people need, especially in summer.

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Because the pack is fairly minimal, it moulds to the shape of your back and doesn’t bounce around much on the rough stuff – as long as you don’t try to cram too much into it. Do that, and you may find yourself wishing for a hip belt. The 2L (68oz) reservoir is rudimentary but watertight, and the bite valve works well.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XC Race hydration pack (11)
Brand Fox

Features * 68 oz (2L) reservoir * Durable 600D polyester main body fabric * Small zippered stash pocket * External elastic shock cord storage system
Water Capacity 2