The Thule UpTake 4L is an all mountain compact hydration pack for short to half day rides, adventures or racing.
|Colours||Blue, Black or Rooibos|
|Dimensions||43cm x 22cm x 15cm|
A lightweight bike-specific pack which features a meshed back panel to increase airflow and comfort. The shoulder straps are contoured for comfort,
The 2.5L reservoir has a slide closure system which is simple to operate and does not leak. The rather wide mouth on the reservoir makes for easy cleaning and refilling. A really neat feature is the magnetic strip inside the hose which retracts and secures it after drinking – hands-free! The bite valve has a twist lock to seal it completely when not in use.
Two easily accessible pockets on the left and right sides of the pack are ideal for storing gels, bars or a multi-tool. A zippered pocket on the exterior of the main compartment gives quick access to phones.
The 4L internal cargo space is roomy and a single large zippered compartment,
ON THE MOUNTAIN
COMFORT & FIT: The Thule UpTake 4L hydration pack is larger than the Thule
STORAGE: I like the simple, straightforward design and concept of carrying larger items in the main storage area and smaller items in the internal zippered pocket. It’s super easy to keep everything stowed away, well organized and easily accessible. The side pockets are easily accessible when riding. There is good waterproofing too – on one of the test rides it absolutely poured down – the rain was heavy enough to soak through Merino socks – but everything inside the pack stayed bone dry.
HYDRATION SYSTEM: The system is flawless and staying hydrated on the fly has never been easier. The bite valve doesn’t leak and you can literally just spit it out after a few sips and the magnet retracts and fastens it back onto the shoulder strap.
TIPS: If you prefer technical riding then you may need something from the Thule Vital range which does have a belt/hip strap and locks the pack in place. Also, after use,
VERDICT & BUYING ADVICE
If you are looking at doing some big days out on the bike then have a look at the Thule UpTake 12L or the Thule UpTake 8L which have the same 2.5L reservoir as the 4L tested here but have additional storage space and a hip belt. The hip belt is a personal preference and not everyone enjoys that locked-in
| IMAGES: Gary Perkin |