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2010

Hydrapak Big Sur Pack review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Hydrapak Big Sur
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The start of Big Sur country starts just south of Carmel, California. Its eye-popping sites make it a must-see for anyone that is awed by jagged plunging cliffs coupled with rough surf pounding inaccessible pristine beaches.

Hydrapak aptly named one of their latest hydration pack Big Sur. The pack is a sight to see (and use) for bikers and hikers alike. Big Sur consists of rip-stop nylon and weighs in at 2 pounds and 4 ounces empty. The pack has a capacity of 7.4 Liters.

The Hydrapak Big Sur has many ingenious features in its design. The pack has 2 exterior zippered pockets. One is fleece-lined making it ideal for carrying sunglasses. The other zippered pocket has a horizontal daisy chain that allows for storing and organizing any tools that you may need to unexpectedly wrench on your bike. The exterior has a pocket to secure and store a bike helmet.

The Big Sur has a dedicated pocket for a 3-liter hydration bladder. Hydrapak includes their reversible hydration bladder that is easy to clean even for the laziest person. The other internal top-loading compartment has a few internal pockets to help organize your load and is spacious considering the Big Sur's overall compact size.

The pack excels in several areas. It is spacious enough to pack essentials such as snacks, rain gear, and emergency bike tools. It can also hold more than enough water in its hydration bladder to keep you more than hydrated for lengthy rides. The Big Sur also boasts a padded back panel to make it fit comfortably and also helps with the pack's wicking ability. The dedicated helmet compartment also is overly convenient.

Hydrapak_LogoIf you are looking for a multi-purpose pack for biking and short to mid length hiking journeys, the Hydrapak Big Sur is a high performing alternative. Hydrapak lists the pack at $79.99.


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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