It was probably a four mile ride back to our condo at the Canyons Resort. Sure it felt a little heavy, because now I had a six pack and a good 30ml of water in that thing with tools and Band-Aids and clothes and a puppy and my wallet and phone and energy bars and a 29er tube and a bottle of ibuprofen, but everything balanced out. It wasn’t a chore to ride. Did I say puppy? For the record, I did not stuff a puppy in my backpack, but if I had to, there was room to lash one to the outside if need be, probably two.
|Mid Mountain Trail Above Park City|
I used to think Camelback was the only option with their specialized bite valve and oversized filling hole. The Hydrapak is just as innovative, albeit different. For one, the Hydrapak reservoir is a zip-lock bag of sorts. On our Utah trip my wife used her Camelback. I think my Morro was easier to fill. She had to sort of let the camel drink, while I poured 2 32oz Gatorades down the Hydrapak’s neck with a quick ker-sploosh, added a tray of ice cubes and zipped it closed. With Camelback’s we’ve always had to awkwardly hang them upside down on a hanger with a paper towel stuffed inside so air could circulate and dry out the reservoir. To clean and dry, the Hydrapak reservoir folds inside-out and the plug and play drinking tube simply unclicks from the bag. On the bike, the neat-o magnet on the drinking tube allows the tube to magically return itself to its stored position after you drink. No more getting slapped in the knee or baffed in the chin with an unwieldy tube.
If you haven’t had a new pack in a while, The HydrapakMorro is nothing like the bulky pack you had even 5 or 6 years ago. While a larger pack, at a stout 1lb 13oz, the Morro is extremely versatile. (Wienies may want to check out the Avila pictured left weighing a scant 7 ounces while still having a pocket and a 70oz bladder) The man-sized Morro even makes a nice gear bag. Pre or post ride, it’ll easily fit your kit, shoes, tools, tube and helmet. Whether packed light or full, the Morro feels surprisingly light thanks to the vented back padding and secure cinching straps. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if there were a rather unsupported 5+ hour ultra endurance event, I’d be tempted to race with it. Maybe.
|Morro's Magnet in use at Stewart Falls - Sundance, Utah|
Check out the video below for more on the Morro.