Hipster - An excellent minimal hydro pack
Product: Pack - Hipster
The Source Hipster is a compact bum bag that houses a 1.5 litre hydration pack, and has military style webbing to spread the load on your back.
As far as hydration packs go, it’s about as minimal as you can get, but still carries the basics and is barely noticeable when adjusted correctly.
The Source Hipster is made from a lightweight nylon rip stop material, combined with a padded nylon back and a wide waist strap – the harness is made from the same tough nylon and is fully adjustable, and features a sternum strap. The harness is easily removable too.
The outside of the pack has three small pockets, and there are two compartments inside – one for the bladder and another for tools or food. It’s just the right size for a mini pump and a few basics. There are also reflective details and two elasticated toggles for carrying bigger items externally
There are two hip pockets that are big enough for multi-tools and energy food – which are easily accessible when in the saddle.Inside the Source Hipster is an excellent 1.5 litre bladder, with and insulated hose and mouth piece with cover. The hose has a magnetic catch to attach the hose to the waist strap – so it doesn’t flap around when riding
The bladder is shaped to sit along the bottom of the pack, and has a wide mouth for easy filling and cleaning. The top folds over and has a locking piece that slides on to seal it up. It’s a great design and is easy to use.Source uses a unique material that has no taste, and resists bacteria growing inside. They also claim it’s care free – needing little cleaning in between use, and that left over water remains fresh for days and even weeks inside.
With the bladder fully loaded I set out for the first ride with the harness in place and found that the waist strap didn’t need to be that snug as the load is well spread. The weight is held on your hips but the harness stops it moving around.