Thule UpTake 4l hydration pack
With a 2.5l bladder and 4l volume, the UpTake hydration pack from Thule is best for shorter rides. It does, however, have well-organised spaces for your kit.
There’s a small front pocket, which is good for quick-access items (phone, wallet, multi-tool). The main compartment has a pump sleeve, a small mesh pocket inside (useful for stopping snacks getting squashed at the bottom of the pack) and the bladder, which sits inside a separate sleeve.
The highlight has to be Thule’s ReTrakt magnetic hose fastener, which does an incredible job of keeping the hydration hose locked to the shoulder strap, yet still gives quick and easy access when you need a drink.
At 550g, the pack is light, but with enough padding to keep it comfortable. There are breathable shoulder straps and a mesh back panel, but no channels for moisture to escape through, so it can get sweaty on warmer days.
The UpTake’s Achilles’ heel is its lack of a waist strap. This means that when the going gets rough – or in fact, any time your wheels come off the ground – it bounces around your back. It’s a shame because it’s otherwise a great little pack with some good features.