Let’s be honest. How much technology can one fit into the design of a backpack? Coupla straps, a pouch and a zip are where it’s been for the last, let’s say, few decades. But a bit of creative thinking from the guys and girls at Shimano have altered this successful formula and their kooky X strap hydration pack throws a pedal spanner at convention.
The new pack series, the Unzen, comes in 15L, 10L, and 6L capacity. We tested the smaller of the range on the steaming trails of sunny Adelaide and we felt good about how the pack both felt and performed.
The design keeps it simple inside- one main storage space with mesh webbing for tools and tubes, a front felt lined pocket for sunnies, bottom pocket for keys, side pockets for gels, and looped zips for gloved hands. A Hydrapack bladder holds a 2 litre capacity that’s perfect for a 1-4 hour XC ride.
The Shimano Unzen pack ticks most boxes. It has big ideas and good design features. It’s light, fits ample stuff, and with size options to suit most mountain bikers so you should see it more on the trail. All this from peeps that usually focus their energy on the stop, go and roll.