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The big, bad wolf of Dakine's bike pack lineup.

Huff and puff all you want—the Dakine Apex 26L Hydration Pack will stick with you on the uphills and ride comfortably on the downs, all while keeping your insides as lubed as your chain. It comes with a three-liter Shape Loc hydration reservoir and corresponding sleeve, with a shoulder-strap port and a Quick Disconnect system for easy removal and filling. Riding can be a sweaty business, but the Air Channel back-panel ventilation keeps cool air moving, and the removable waist belt keeps your gear from bouncing around and throwing off your balance. Dakine hooked the Apex up with a helmet-carrying system that can hold full-faces or XC helmets with equal ease, and included a fleece-lined goggle pocket to keep your lenses from getting scratchy, causing you to crash into a tree (although if you do, just blow the sternum-strap safety whistle and quietly cry while you wait to be rescued.)

  • 630D nylon and 1260D ballistic nylon fabric
  • 3L Shape-Loc hydration reservoir with Quick Disconnect
  • Molded back panel with Air Channel ventilation
  • Full-face/XC helmet carry system
  • Removable waist belt and sternum strap with rescue whistle
  • Internal organizer pockets
  • Fleece-lined goggle pocket

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5 5

A bit big for MTB, but a great moto pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack last summer for dirt biking after finding the Nomad too small (see my review) and so far it has lived up to the task. It's well-built, which makes it a tad on the hefty side, but the weight is worth the ability to survive multiple crashes without failure. At 26 liters, it's bigger than any mountain biking pack I have owned or used, but it might be perfect if you needed, say, a burly pack for MTB touring or all-day winter rides with tons of gear. In the Apex, I can fit a spare dirt bike tube (way bigger than a MTB tube), a tool kit, a bolt kit, an emergency blanket, ski straps, food, sunglasses, a hat, a small first aid kit, 40 feet of 1000lb test static line, carabiners, a rain jacket, and a bunch of other small items. That's all in addition to the full 100oz water reservoir, so when I say it is a big bike pack, I mean it. The reservoir is a Hydrapak Shape-Shift bladder with the quick disconnect hose, and truly a great piece of tech. The center baffle keeps the bladder from barreling, so it stays flatter in the pack, and the top slide-lock closure makes filling and cleaning super simple. The back panel features two firm ridges of vented foam that keep the pack away from your skin so air can circulate; some say it is irritating but I've worn it for 6 hours at a time with 20lbs of gear and never felt uncomfortable. So far, I have absolutely no complaints about this pack. If you're looking for a mountain bike pack, I would honestly recommend a smaller one first (like the Nomad or smaller), unless you know for sure you will be carrying a ton of stuff. But if you do need a big pack, the Apex is a well-made bike pack with tons of space and great features, and it looks like it will last a long time.

A bit big for MTB, but a great moto pack