The Best Hydration Packs for Day Hikers – CamelBak Fourteener & Arête

The following is from thewirecutter.com

The Best Hydration Packs for Day Hikers

After more than 50 hours researching and testing hydration packs, including hiking with them, torturing their components, and downing enough water to almost risk hyponatremia (yes, it’s possible to drink too much water), we’ve come up with our favorite hydration daypacks for moderate hikes…

Upgrade Pick: CamelBak Fourteener 24

The best men’s pack for all-day hikes: This large but comfortable daypack easily holds its 3-liter reservoir and all the gear you’ll need for an ambitious outing.

This pack easily lives up to its name; it’s plenty big and rugged enough for an all-day assault on one of Colorado’s famed 14,000-foot peaks. For men looking to carry multiple extra clothing layers, lunch, camera, and other odds and ends—in addition to plenty of water—the CamelBak Fourteener 24 hit the sweet spot in terms of capacity, useful features, and comfort. The pack’s 3-liter reservoir is one of the largest you can buy, and it’s easy to use. Our testers especially liked this pack’s semi-rigid back panel suspension system, which handled heavy loads with ease.

 

 

Budget Pick: CamelBak Arête 18

Great for travelers: Small enough to stuff into a suitcase, this pack contains a 1.5-liter reservoir, perfect for staying hydrated during days of sightseeing and light hiking.

For people who want a basic, lightweight hydration pack—one that’s affordable as well as perfect for traveling—we recommend the CamelBak Arête 18. Constructed with relatively thin nylon and minimal padding, this pack easily folds up to tuck into your luggage, yet it’s comfortable when carrying modest loads. Its 1.5-liter reservoir holds just enough water for a pleasant afternoon sightseeing in a foreign city or strolling along an easy trail.

 

Hilly Wins Gold

After 100,000 votes the results are in…

Click here for the Free 2017 Running Awards brochure. It’s the independent compilation of the best in running featuring all the winners, interesting interviews, information and more, as voted for by runners!’

Additionally RoadTrailRun.com published the following review of Hilly socks.

We had never heard of Hilly Socks but we sure have heard of founder Ron Hill, the 2nd man to go under 2:10 in the marathon, Boston winner, and 2 time UK Olympian. Oh lest we forget the owner of the longest continuous running streak on record, over 52 years of at least a mile a day. A textile engineer by training Hill has for decades been a running apparel innovator.
His Hilly Sock line is 100% focused on running and it shows. Various anatomical left right models are available in Mono Skin, single layer and Twin Skin dual layer anti-blister. Jeff and I tested both types and both preferred the Mono Skin Marathon and similar high visibility Lumen Classic models.
With a dense weave as with many Features they are somewhat softer, stretchier, and more comfortable than the Feetures and easier to put on. Fit is perfect and moisture absorption outstanding. They are lightly cushioned. The Marathon also features an effective (we tested…) Polygiene odor prevention. Socks also available in women’s styles.

Yakima HighRoad Roof Rack Review

The following is a review By Dave Krueger from Fat-Bike.com

I generally have a choice when I want to travel with one or more of my bikes: do we leave my bikes home and take the kids, or leave the kids to fend for themselves and bring whatever two-wheeled steed I favor? Of course the kids always win. Well, most of the time.

Another issue that has arisen with the advent of fat bikes and car racks is that some sort of modification is needed to allow your fatty to fit – if they fit at all. Hitch racks generally need new fat-compatible trays and roof racks generally need you to remove the front wheel. Fortunately, manufacturers are quickly adapting their racks to fit most bikes right out of the box. Hmm, I wonder if the Yakima HighRoad will fit my road, cross, and fat bike?

The aptly named HighRoad ($229) is a roof-rack that places your bike high above the road. It attaches to most factory and aftermarket cross-bars. If you are the lazy type like me, the HighRoad is an upright bike carrier which does not require the front wheel to be removed. The rack functions by securely clamping the front wheel whilst a strap secures the rear. This system of securing the bike has the sweet benefit of only touching the wheels and not the frame. Thus the Highroad does its best to keep your sexy frame scratch-free.

Setup of the HighRoad was very easy. Without reading the directions, I had it secured to my factory crossbars and ready to go in less than ten minutes (and now that it’s properly adjusted, it take about three minutes to put on/take off). The sturdy, yet flexible, straps are tensioned via an adjustment screw then snapped into place via a camming lever. There are two straps up front and one strap with a SKS lock on back to affix it to the cross bars. The clamp arms are tightened to the front wheel via a knob with a built-in torque setting. Just turn the knob until it clicks and your bike is secure!

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Trailer: Blood Road

The story of Rebecca Rusch’s search for her father’s crash site in Vietnam

Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.

During this poignant voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ they’re pedaling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.

Available June 20

For more info check out bloodroadfilm.com

GoPro: Chuck Patterson Skis Giant Wave at Jaws

Chuck Patterson takes a different approach, ditches the surfboard and grabs his skis to conquer the famous surf spot known as Jaws.

Shot 100% on the HERO® cameras

This was filmed with: GoPro Chesty, Surfboard Mount, and The Handler.

Visit your local GoPro retailer to get the best mounts for your next adventure.

Bike Radar – CamelBak MULE LR 15 Hydration Pack Review

The following is a review from BikeRadar.com

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CamelBak MULE LR 15

Aptly named pack loaded with features

BikeRadar score: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

BikeRadar verdict:

“The MULE LR is supremely comfortable, uses a top-notch reservoir and makes organizing any amount of gear easy”

Highs: 100oz low-ride reservoir, very comfortable, pockets everywhere, detachable hose, bite valve lock, useful gear storage

Lows: Not much; upper strap buckles are hard to close, still warm on the back

Buy if: Your riding needs demand loads of gear and plenty of water and you want one of the best hydration packs on the market

Back in the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time riding with a core group of 10-12 guys who rode hard, explored every valley and mountainside, and spent huge days on their bikes. While each individual varied with their set ups and riding style, there was one constant throughout the crew, we all had CamelBak HAWG hydration packs. It gained our trust through thousands of hours of riding, bushwhacking and hanging out in the forest — and CamelBak’s current MULE LR 15 pack reminds me of those legendary HAWG packs.

It is however lighter, more streamlined, easier to wear and better in every way. I’ve been abusing this one for close to a year now and while not as pretty as when new, it shows no signs of giving up.

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CamelBak MULE LR features

  • 100oz Crux LR reservoir (3L)
  • 12 liters of gear storage
  • 800 gram weight
  • Airfoil back panel
  • Magnetic Tube Trap
  • Stabilizing load-bearing hip belts with cargo
  • Dual reservoir compression straps
  • Rain cover
  • Built-in helmet carry hooks
  • Separate zippered compartment with gear organizer and tool roll
  • Additional top zippered pocket with microfleece lining
  • Overflow storage via two sets of compression straps
  • Reflective accents

CamelBak MULE LR riding

If you have a hydration pack you’re probably keenly aware of the log-on-your-back feeling that most packs filled with water have. For years the standard shape of a reservoir was a tall rectangle, which put the liquid’s weight vertically on your back.

CamelBak’s Crux lumber reservoir does away with that. It’s aptly named simply because having the weight up high can be a deal breaker for some riders. The Crux reservoir lowers the center of gravity to around your hips, which makes every type of riding better in my opinion.

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Gear Patrol Editors Pick – Dr Tray

From Gear Patrol

The Best Bike Rack for Any Adventure

Sweet Rides for Your Ride

Whether you’re headed on a weekend trip, to the local trail system for a lunch ride or the top of your favorite descent, a good bike rack is key. It’s no fun to have to throw your bike in the back of your car, finagling it by twisting the handlebars, taking off the front wheel, lowering the seat, and so on. Not to mention muddy bikes, which can make quick work of your plush alcantara interior. (What?! You don’t have an alcantara interior??) Also, a bike rack allows you to bring tons of other stuff with you, like your buddies, your dog, a refrigerator, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

 

Editor’s Pick: The Dr. Tray is, hands down, one of the most stable hitch-mount bike racks I’ve ever used. The mechanism that attaches the rack to your receiver utilizes a wedge that eliminates virtually all movement and sway. The trays are also infinitely adjustable, allowing you to position both bikes exactly where you want them and eliminate any chance of them rubbing against each other.

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