Redefining what a ‘pack’, a ‘bladder’, ‘sandals’ are – that’s what we aim for when we sit down to create a new product. Nothing less. Award jurys, reviewers and most importantly our customers appreciate our work – here’s some recent reviews of our SOURCE Hydration Packs for mountain biking.
In 30+ years we’ve achieved our goal quite a few times: to redefine a product and exceed expectations. We were there to start new product categories. Thirtysome years ago we started making hiking sandals when there was nothing like it in the market. Then we started manufacturing water bladders, inventing the slide closure, the angled valve and other details making life easier and the outdoors more enjoyable. Details that have been copied since by others many times.
The best testimony to our spirit of innovation: Of course we are proud when our products win awards – like multiple Design & Innovation Award for our mountain bike packs – and raving reviews. But the best is our customers’ feedback and the fact that our packs are bought around the world, ordered mostly online by professionals, amateurs, and anyone really enjoying the outdoors and appreciating smart, high quality gear.
Hipster Ultra Hydration Waist Pack Reviews
“Redefining the hydration belt” – that’s what we did with our first Hipster a few years back, now a classic with its spiffy harness. We made it when nobody talked about hydration belts, aside from runners tucking bulky bottles in their belt-pockets. Many laughed about the ‘fanny pack’ – but the genre has since seen a boost, especially in Mountain Biking.
With the followup product Hipster Ultra we took the concept to the next level. We added storage space as was requested by many bikers, and as Jason Lorch put it now in his review: “The Source Hipster Ultra is a pack that has redefined what a hip pack can be.” (Full Hipster review: Tyresandsoles.com).
If the hip pack is your thing but you’ve never been able to get everything you need into it for those longer adventures, then look no further. This is the pack for you! (Tyresandsoles.com)
Also Britain’s MBUK mountain bike magazine tested the Hipster Ultra extensively this year and appreciated the ‘biggest volume on test’ comparing it to competitors. And for German blogger Heiko Mueller at People-abroad.de it was the first hip pack he tried – and he was “convinced very fast” of the Hipster’s quality thanks to the Hipsters weight, fit and features (read his full Hipster Ultra review here).
‘The Hipster is lighter than most mountain bike hydration backpacks and fits and sit well in its place, without sliding around’.
Summit Hydration Pack Reviews
In our Summit’s second season we also collected more reviews, and MBUK Magazine labelled our 15L hydration pack as ‘Most Wanted’ in a group test this spring (not available online).
“The Summit is ideal” on big wilderness missions, and thanks to its compression straps a versatile companion also for shorter rides where all you need is water, an energy bar, possibly a toolset in its dedicated well-designed pouch.
Likewise impressed was the mountain bike gear-tester on Bikeradar.com with our Summit: “That generous capacity is divided up with well-sized mesh organisers and a removable tool-roll,” Ed Thomsett wrote in his review in May this year (read the full Summit review here).
Lots of extra features you won’t find on other packs (Ed Thomsett on Bikeradar.com )
For 2022 we have small updates and changes planned for our packs that we’ll talk about in a next post. We will continue to aim high and we will continue to make “the most effective hydration and on body storage solutions for outdoor sports” as Tyresandsoles.com put it. Nothing less.