By: David Ball
Are you picky about your hydration pack? In my opinion, you should be. These packs have to walk a fine line between carrying enough water/having room for small bits of gear and not being cumbersome while doing fast paced activities in the outdoors. There are plenty of options out there for every activity, so where does the TETON Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack fit in for best use case?
I got this pack from TETON Sports about a month ago and have since tried it in every situation where I typically want a snug fitting hydration pack or vest, I also let a few friends give it a try so I could get their feedback on it as well. The consensus? This pack is amazing for when you find yourself riding on two wheels.
When it came to using the 2.0 Hydration Backpack for trail running it didn’t fit as comfortably as some of my other specific running vests. When running long distances, I typically opt for a running vest, for the glove like fit, to avoid irritation from rubbing. However, this pack does cinch down tight enough to eliminate most movement. This pack would be ideal for smaller hikes where all you need is some water, a place to store your phone and a snack or two. I used it for this on a few hikes with my dog and loved it.
When it comes to any kind of biking, the Trailrunner 2.0 really comes into its own and is where we all found ourselves using it most often. The pack is slim enough and cinches tight enough that when you’re adjusting your body position on the downhill the pack doesn’t slide from one side of your back to the other – a real plus compared to other packs I’ve biked with. On the uphill the back paneling is breathable and doesn’t create a massive hot-spot in the middle of your back.
For storage space the back-mesh pocket was able to fit everything we need on a normal ride: a leash for our dog, a small water bowl and a cell-phone. The bladder is easy to fill and tube easy to keep out of your way when you’re not needing it.
Over all, the Trailrunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack is a great do-it all pack when minimal carrying storage space is needed and you want a pack that you’ll forget is there until you need it.
About the Author:
David considers himself the ambassador of the “Radically Mediocre” lifestyle. He defines this as being able to “hang with people doing just about anything and not slow them down.” You can find him trying to get people to talk to him about the book he just read in coffee shops, or in the western U.S. getting pumped out on scary trad leads (and follows), skydiving, split-boarding and trail running in his home mountain range, the Wasatch, with his dog Margo. Follow him on instagram at @DavidDenverBall.