Hipster Hydration Belt - Product Reviews
If you're considering a hip pack do it. Then make sure it's a Hipster so you'll know there is no room for improvement !
It's much more comfortable that a traditional back pack. The removable vest portion is nice. It keeps the pack a little more stable and it makes a nice place to attach the water hose. The storage is a little tight but I manage to squeeze a tube, levers, co2 inflator, chain too. and a small pump just in case. It's a tight squeeze but I can get them all in.
Got a few weird looks at first because the "fanny pack" doesn't fit the fashion scene but I don't care, it is cooler than a pack and i don't care about how things look, just how they perform
I still think it is a great pack for day trips. It is really nice to have a cool back even on hot days.
I decided that I need good hydration stuff as hand held bottle for longer distances and intervals in 25 C + is not sustainable. Since many years I was familiar with great innovation from Source - Convertube. I wanted to get one in my sports store but were not available anymore. Searching through Source website I came across Hipster. It looked strange especially with all these straps.
I had really mixed feelings about it especially that the price is high. After reading couple of reviews I decided to order it.
I was afraid that it will be bulky when full. and unstable during running.
Nothing of this was true. The belt fit perfect. Stability - great. Extra straps allow to attach jacket or running poles when needed.
There is no plastic taste, even when water has been left in the bladder for couple of days in the hot summer. The belt get dry very quickly after training. No more issues with wet back.
I used it on one day MTB trip as well (no harness as well) and there was no problem with fitting inside small tools packs, small pump, mobile phones, keys, change, etc.
I can fully recommend it.
My only caveat is the bungee cords that are attached to the outside of the pack. I'd like to take them off, but not permanently so that I could put them back on if I thought I'd need them on a given ride. I haven't figured out a way to do this.
No slipping down and carries the weight nicely. It still allows use of jersey pockets for phone and other flat objects.
The only small nitpick is that the magnet holding the hose is not strong enough and on the downhills I have to restrain the hose with the elastic straps on the back - not a big thing anyway. The Hipster has become my pack of choice for all rides shorter than 4 hours - it is simply excellent