Fanny pack, bum bag, lumbar pack, call it what you want. Camelbak was showing the Palos pack that is designed to sit low on your back. It’s a 4-liter pack, which can accommodate up to 1.5 L of water. That still leaves enough room for tools, food, and maybe a packable jacket. I have yet to try one of these bags yet, but I like the idea for 2-3 hour rides where a full-on backpack isn’t needed. I’ll just have to endure the ridicule of my friends.
Anybody else out there using one of these (besides Jeff)?
The Camelbak fanny pack I’m using looks a lot different from this one so I’m interested to see what others think as well. I believe the Flash Flow I have was designed more for trail running than biking so it doesn’t have a lot of storage capacity beyond the 1.5L bladder.
Glad to see fanny packs on the comeback! I miss the 80s…
I can see the ease of access benefits, but I’m wondering how easy the tube is to access when you want a drink. It seems like it would be a bit inconvenient compared to packs. Also, with the bladder/hose connection being on the long flat bottom, I’m wonder how well it works when the level is low? If you don’t empty the bladder, I guess it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.
On the Camelbak pack I have there is a clip for the hose on the waist belt that keeps the hose within reach. In fact, accessibility is the whole reason I prefer a fanny pack–easier to get snacks, camera our without taking the pack off.