Hydrate “out there”

June 23, 2012

Here is a recent bag that I put together that has room for a bladder on one side (where the water tube winds its way through the bag to appear just under the toptube) and has a sectioned off area at the seattube side to store another water bottle or coffee flask for those much needed boosts to kick start you from your bivvy. It’ll be enjoying the sunnier climes of Colorado where it will be adorning Pale Spruce’s bikepacking setup.

All looks like a regular bag here…

Hydration tube coming from beneath the front velcro’d section just under the tobtube.

The removable divider keeps the bottle in it’s place.

This is where the hydration bladder lives.

Andy at Pale Spruce runs a business that sells super lightweight kits that contain emergency, first aid and personal care items, that depending on what kit you go for will easily fit into a framebag, hydration bag or even jersey pocket. The kit contains pretty much everything you would need for most of the situations/emergencies you may encounter out on a trip.

I’ve been using one of his “out there” kits for both bikepacking and backpacking and thankfully all I’ve used so far is the chamois cream (which is great by the way), no situations to deal with but it’s good to know that I’m sorted if anything does come about.

Here are a few pics I took when unpacking it (note the sunshine);

Everything is kept in a lightweight bag

I didn’t add anything to this for my last trip, apart from my trusty Opinel pen knife. It even has a folding toothbrush and tiny paste- no excuses not to look after your dental hygiene out there! :)

comparison with my usual first aid kit that I take backpacking

couple more

June 5, 2012

Longer straps at the front of the TopTube bags allow for more security around toptube and downtube.

Here is a picture of another bag on the same trip in the Cairngorms, I’ll hopefully be making my way in that direction in July…fingers crossed for the same great weather they had!

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