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.
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.
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.
|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|