Hydration Backpack, Essential Tips For Choosing The Right Backpack!
Often, I see fearful and even sturdy riders and cyclists running and cycling with a hydration backpack. The difficulties mentioned are many: the weight of the backpack, the shaking, the fact of the backpack “to heat” the back, the discomfort, among others.
The first thing you need to know is what activity you will use the backpack for. Is it just for the long running workouts? Do you train just on the asphalt or do it on the mountain too? Will you use the backpack for bike? Based on BICYCLEBAZZAR, you will have templates that will be perfect for each activity.
When choosing a hydration pack, also pay attention to:
Observe the size of the water compartment. If you train on the asphalt or make short tracks, one to two liters will suffice. If you are going to do a medium or long Trail Run, it is better to take a backpack with a larger compartment and depending on the type of test/training you will do, it is cool to think about carrying two types of liquids (water and isotonic, for example) Of the water compartment, you also have the option of carrying squeezes (bottles of water) in the backpack. There are some models that you can add two squeezes in the handles to balance the weight (very important item so you do not suffer with the weight of the backpack while running). Who will ride, do not need a backpack with support for the squeeze, if you want to carry more than one liquid just put on the bike itself.
Front, side and back pockets. Make sure the backpack has a good amount of small front pockets and not just large pockets. That’s because in the backpack can fit all the food you need in a single pocket, but during your test or training you can not stop to look for salt, BCAA or gel. Use small front pockets to separate the foods on the front of the backpack. On the sides, place gel stocks, for example. And in the back pockets take the mandatory items of the test: windbreaker, cell phone, first aid kit, etc.
The more tweaks the better, of course! You can adjust the size of the strap, can hold the backpack well to the body, help in comfort during the race/pedaling. The closer to the body and the more balanced the weight, the better the comfort.
In my training and tests of Mountain Bike I use the hydration backpack CYCLONE 14L from CURTLO. What possesses: thermal property, maintaining the initial temperature of the liquid for longer; Flanked ventilation channel structured to the shoulders with EVA; Molded anatomical handles; Drain in the bottom of the backpack for water drainage; Abdominal and chest strap with 20 mm clasp and bustles with pockets; Crank handle with citric color lanyard that assists viewing in dark places.
In Trail Run I use CURTLO’s X-SKIN 10L COLLECTION. It is a vest-shaped backpack, designed for trail runners and sports runners who demand performance as it offers minimal weight at peak performance. Adjustable for different users and with multiple pockets for easy access.
It also features safety whistle clasp, sign light fitting, bottle pocket and hydration compartment with two upper outlet options and two lower hose.
TIP: Train with your hydration backpack. It does not matter if your workout is short or long. Backpack training is important because in addition to testing it, you will adapt your body to weight, volume and learn to adjust it according to your body, preventing it from shaking too much during the tests.
With proper care your backpack will provide a lot of practicality and, of course, hydration!
Where to buy: You can buy these products in Patos do Sul , located in the city of Caxias do Sul / RS.
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