Dakine Session 8L Hydration Pack

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great minimalist pack

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The Good:

lightweight breathable compact

The Bad:

not for hauling lots of gear

Overall Review:

Nothing beats riding without a pack but for the rides that are a little bit longer than you can stretch it, or if you're not the type to strap a tube and stick a shot block to your frame, you might have to use some sort of pack. Enter the Dakine session 8L pack which gives you enough room for some basic gear and almost 70 oz in the bladder.

I've had this pack for a year now and it has held up to the general abuse of riding. A couple of cool features has helped it replace my old, larger backpack. First off, the breathable shoulder straps and a slick, raised foam pad that takes the pack off your back. This brings some fresh air to your back and prevents a river of sweat from working its way south down your crack.

Next the pockets and straps. I'm glad that the pack isn't loaded with exterior

Overall Review:

Nothing beats riding without a pack but for the rides that are a little bit longer than you can stretch it, or if you're not the type to strap a tube and stick a shot block to your frame, you might have to use some sort of pack. Enter the Dakine session 8L pack which gives you enough room for some basic gear and almost 70 oz in the bladder.

I've had this pack for a year now and it has held up to the general abuse of riding. A couple of cool features has helped it replace my old, larger backpack. First off, the breathable shoulder straps and a slick, raised foam pad that takes the pack off your back.  This brings some fresh air to your back and prevents a river of sweat from working its way south down your crack.

Next the pockets and straps. I'm glad that the pack isn't loaded with exterior straps galore or cargo pockets bulging off the sides.  If that's what you need, look elsewhere. Here the pockets carry just enough of what I need which ends up being my multi-tool, compact pump, tube, snack bar and phone. 

While the pack is comfortable, the strap placement across your waist feels a bit odd since the compact nature of the pack raises the straps above the waist and can rub against the ribs.  I've gotten used to it but it was noticeable at first and again speaks to the minimalist nature of design as backpacks that rest on your waist can help distribute the weight of a heavier pack off just your shoulders.

As a budget minded enthusiast, the price is on the reasonable end of things and the styling is good.

If you are pretty good at carrying just the bare essentials, the breathable Dakine Session 8L "looks like" a pretty good bet.

Specifications

Product Dakine Session 8L Hydration Pack
Rider Unisex
Hydration Pack Type Backpack
Bladder Capacity 2L (67.6 oz)
Storage Capacity 488 cubic inches (8 Liters), 17 x 7 x 3" (43 x 18 x 7cm)
Materials 200D Nylon Ripstop (solids)
600D Polyester (prints)
Breathable Air Flow back panel and shoulder straps
Pockets Internal organizer pockets
Fleece lined sunglass pocket
External attachment straps
Safety light attachment
Colors Blue Rock, Stacked, Field Camo, Summer Green / Fir, or Black
Miscellaneous 2L / 70oz Hydrapak reservoir
Phaser bite valve
Integrated rescue whistle / sternum strap
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Weight: 1.2 lbs. (0.5 kg)
Price $85
More Info

​The Session 8L bike hydration pack is a minimalist, yet full-featured pack combining the cooling comfort of a breathable back panel with airy shoulder straps. This narrow, lightweight pack features a 2-liter vertical hydration reservoir with a bite valve. The pack offers plenty of storage including an organized front pocket, a fleece-lined sunglass pocket, and external attachment straps.

For more info, visit www.dakine.com.

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