Blackburn Outpost Bikepacking Bags Review

I recently visited Colorado for the Steamboat Ramble, a three-day bikepacking trip from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. To make the logistics of getting there from Atlanta as easy as possible, I borrowed a bike from Niner, camping gear from Big Agnes, and a set of bags from Blackburn’s Outpost collection. The bags I used included …

30 of the Freshest Bikepacking Bags to Hit the Market

While bikepacking participation continues to climb, the growth in the production of bikepacking products–specifically bags–is accelerating at an exponential pace. While these bags are useful for long bikepacking trips, many riders–myself included–have found that these bags have great applications for day rides as well. Here are 30 of the newest bags to hit the market: Oveja Negra …

Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

Camelbak Solstice 10LR Review

To be honest, I’ve been aiming to get away from riding with a pack for some time now. I find that it causes extra strain on my back, not to mention the annoyance of feeling something shifting around as I’m navigating chunky sections of trail. But alas, I am short. And being short means I have a small …

Review: Osprey Women’s Verve 9 Hydration Pack

Summertime mountain bikers require plenty of water for long, hot, dusty rides, and what better way to carry that water than with a sweet Osprey hydration pack?  I recently had the chance to review the women’s-specific Verve 9 Osprey pack, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. According to the Osprey website, the Verve …

Osprey Verve 10 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

I’ve always been a little envious of trek7ks sleek Osprey Raptor hydration pack so I was excited to get an Osprey of my very own – the womens Verve 10 to be exact. This low-profile pack is full of features any girl would want. Beginning with the storage compartments, there are three pockets (besides the …

Camelbak L.U.X.E. review

“Shrink it and pink it” used to be the standard in women’s specific mountain bike products. But the Camelbak L.U.X.E. is hardly a shrunken version of the popular M.U.L.E. hydration pack: with the same 100 oz bladder and same 600 cubic inch capacity this is a pack for the woman that rides IN FRONT of …