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.


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.

Product Specifications


Name Hammerhead Hydropack
Brand The North Face

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