Hydrapak Big Sur hydration pack review

Great pack, although valve needs revision

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £63.61 RRP | USD $75.00
Hydrapak Big Sur Hydration Pack

Our review

Good alternative to bigger brands but needs a better bite valve
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Hydrapak have upped their game to produce this tough but lightweight pack that doesn’t quite scrape in under the budget barrier any more but still performs well.

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We easily found homes for everything in the multitude of pockets but there aren’t any that can be accessed on the move.

The mesh-backed shoulder straps have Hypalon reinforcement – the same semi-rigid, strong material that CamelBak use to anchor their harness.

As a result, the Big Sur copes far better with heavy loads than we expected it to, even though the removable waist strap offers little in the way of load bearing.

There’s a Hydratunes port for running your headphone cable safely out of harm’s way but no soft pocket for the MP3 player. 

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The pack comes with Hydrapak’s slide-top bladder, complete with an incontinent bite valve that’s all too easy to knock open while riding.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Big Sur (09)
Brand Hydrapak

Description Back system: form-itting foam back Harness: S-curved hypalon reinforced straps, padded shoulder straps, adjustable chest strap, removable waist strap Storage: bladder sleeve, 1 main and mesh, 1 small organiser, 2 front sleeves, front gusset, side compression straps, hydratunes port
Weight (g) 660
Available Colours Blue Charcoal
Dimensions 17x8.5x4in
Shell Material Nylon
Strap Features Padded
Water Capacity 3
Bag Volume 450