The North Face Hammerhead Hydropack review

Works equally well or cyclists, runners and walkers

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £65.00 RRP | USD $96.44

Our review

A well thought out hydropack that’s packed with features…
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The North Face make no-nonsense, well thought-out products and the Hammerhead pack takes advantage of being designed around trail runners as well as cyclists.

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A frame with mesh backing supports the pack and holds it away from your back for ventilation – perfect for sweaty summer riding. A slight downside is that you lose some pack space, although at 12 litres, there is still plenty of room.

Externally there are two pockets – sized to take water bottles – one deep open pocket that’s good for a pump or similar, and LED mount, and both waist and chest straps. The waist strap could do with being thicker, but the chest strap is perfect – even having a magnetic patch for the hose to stick on, instead of waving around irritatingly.

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There are three pockets for the bag – one for the bladder, a main pocket perfect for clothing and longer tools like pumps, and a smaller organiser pocket with straps and zipped pockets for all your gubbins. The bladder is a simple 3 litre affair with removable hose and lockout.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Hammerhead Hydropack
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, The North Face

Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 820
Available Colours Available Colours, 2, 0, Available Colours, Various
Capacity Capacity, 2, 0, Capacity, 12
Dimensions Dimensions, 2, 0, Dimensions, 45 cm x 25 cm x 18 cm
Additional Bag Features Additional Bag Features, 2, 0, Additional Bag Features, Internal pockets Mesh Pocket
Shell Material Shell Material, 2, 0, Shell Material, Cordura
Features Features, 2, 0, Features, Molded E-VAP backpanel with airflow channels and E-VAP airmesh shoulder harness
Strap Features Strap Features, 2, 0, Strap Features, Mesh Lining Padded
No. of Pockets No. of Pockets, 2, 0, No. of Pockets, 5
Water Capacity Water Capacity, 2, 0, Water Capacity, 3
Reservoir Features Reservoir Features, 2, 0, Reservoir Features, Nalgene Odourless Wide Mouth Opening