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Top Hydration Packs For Cyclists | 2017 Review

Top Hydration Packs For Cyclists | 2017 Review

For those who love to commute by bike or love to get down and dirty on the trails, we are showcasing some of the Top Hydration Packs For Cyclists.  Our goal was to find the very best of the best.  We don’t have an overall winner, because quite frankly we felt the choice will boil down to personal preference.

Top Hydration Packs For Cyclists

Camelbak Skyline 10 LR – SOLSTICE 10 LR


Camelbaks are the premier hydration packs sold today.  Their new low rider packs provide a lower center of gravity giving you more stability on bumpy trails, and lets your upper body move more freely.  The packs are equiped with Camelbak’s XV back panel to keep your back cool and ventilated

As with many cycling specific backpacks, the Skyline 10 LR comes equipped with a bike tool organizer roll.  Other nice options include a fleece-lined media pocket, magnetic tube trail, helmet hook, stretch overflow storage, lumbar compression, dual waist belt pockets, armor carry, zippered essentials pocket, stabilizing shoulder yoke, blinker tab.  In other words it comes with some fantastic features.

Mission Workshop HAUSER 14L


If you haven’t experienced a Mission Workshop product, you have been missing out.  Mission Workshop is located in San Francisco, California.  They make some of the best cycling gear on the planet.  Their Hauser 14L is their largest Weatherproof Hydration Pack in the ACRE series line.

It includes complete weatherproof construction ensuring your gear will always stay dry. Perforated back panel and shoulder straps help ensure ventilation and moisture management.  The pack is compatible with most hydration reservoirs up to 3 liters including Camelbak, Hydrapak, Platypus, and Osprey/Nalgene.

What makes the Hauser rather cool is the ability to zip open the reservoir section for full access to the hydration bladders.  The roll top section keeps cloths and other items very dry should you be caught in the rain.

As always the Mission Workshop are made in the USA and backed by a lifetime warranty.

Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack Cycling Backpack


The Osprey Raptor 14 is a fantastic hydration pack.  Osprey has been making fantastic backpacks and day packs for quite some time.  The Raptor utilizes Osprey’s BioStretch harness and hipbelt comfortably connecting the pack to your body.  One really slick feature is the Osprey’s LidLock, which allows you to  attach and carry a bicycle helmet.  Other features include an integrated removable roll-out tool pouch located in the lower pocket for quick access.  For the safety conscious, there is also a blinker light attachment right below the Osprey logo.

Shimano Unzen Hydration Daypack


Shimano has always been known for their bicycle components, but really not known for some of their other products. You don’t usually see them at REI or bike shops or other popular outdoor stores, but they do make a high quality hydration pack.  The Shimano Unzen Daypack comes in 4 different sizes depending on your needs (Unzen 2L, Unzen 6L, Unzen 10L, Unzen 15L).

What makes this pack rather cool is the large side zips for easy access to the bags internals and Shimano’s Rider Fit X-harness.  The X-harness ride height is internally adjustable and once set the harness hook can also be adjusted depending on your needs.

The Unzen comes equipped with 3 internal pockets and 2 external meshy pockets and one bottom zipped pocket for tools or snacks.

For those that do pick up a hydration pack, there is one thing you will eventually need to do and that is clean your pack’s bladder reservoir.  Here are some great tips on how to make that process a little easier.

If you feel we miss one of your favorites, let us know and we will give it a look and possibly add it to the list.

About The Author

Tom Crandall

Tom has been writing about photography, cycling, running and fitness since 1988, covering everything from the product reviews to the latest in fitness trends. Tom is the Editor-in-chief of,,,, and a few other publications, he began racing in college while getting an Information Resource Management degree at George Mason University. Based in the photography and cycling-crazed city of Austin, Texas, with his wife Kathleen and pug Olaf, Tom enjoys running, walking or riding most every day.

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